Results 1–20 of 859 for speaker:Richard Leonard

Scottish Parliament: Rail Travel (Safety) (28 Mar 2024)

Richard Leonard: 1. I remind members of my convenership of the National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers parliamentary group. To ask the Scottish Government what it is doing to ensure that rail travel is safe. (S6O-03276)

Scottish Parliament: Rail Travel (Safety) (28 Mar 2024)

Richard Leonard: In 2016, ScotRail and the RMT reached an agreement that, on routes such as Barrhead and East Kilbride, services would be guaranteed a conductor on every new electrified train. It was guaranteed that the conductor would retain their full safety competency, including rules, track safety, evacuation and dispatch, and that trains operating those services would not run without a competent...

Scottish Parliament: Public Transport (Fair Fares Review) (28 Mar 2024)

Richard Leonard: I remind members of my trade union affiliations that are in my voluntary register of interests. The cabinet secretary does not have her problems to seek: 150 job cuts at Network Rail over the past six months; just last week, the announcement of more than 40 more redundancies at Babcock Rail in Lanarkshire; a clear breach of the 2016 collective agreement between ScotRail and the National Union...

Scottish Parliament: Public Transport (Fair Fares Review) (28 Mar 2024)

Richard Leonard: That is a point of view that I would expect a nationalist to express. We share this island with a rail network. The minister is now in control of the Caledonian sleeper service, which is cross-border. I get that there is a ScotRail Alliance that brings together Network Rail in Scotland and ScotRail as the operating company, which is now part of the public sector. I will say a little more...

Scottish Parliament: Agriculture and Rural Communities (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (27 Mar 2024)

Richard Leonard: There is much in the bill that I can, in principle, support, such as the laying down of conditions on the grants, loans and guarantees that are paid out. Those conditions must include fair work and must cover seasonal workers—not just their terms but their conditions, including their living conditions. The retention of the Scottish Agricultural Wages Board is welcome and the promotion of...

Scottish Parliament: Agriculture and Rural Communities (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (27 Mar 2024)

Richard Leonard: Yes—I will give way to Rachael Hamilton.

Scottish Parliament: Agriculture and Rural Communities (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (27 Mar 2024)

Richard Leonard: I am trying to argue for getting the balance right, as well. This is the people’s hard-earned cash, so the people should know who benefits from it. We need transparency, which is why, in my view, a table of who the recipients are should be published by the Scottish Government as a matter of routine. We cannot preserve the existing system—we must break with it. We need decisive, radical...

Scottish Parliament: Michael “Mick” McGahey Memorial (21 Mar 2024)

Richard Leonard: 8. To ask the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body what consideration it is giving to the establishment of a permanent memorial to Michael “Mick” McGahey in the Parliament. (S6O-03214)

Scottish Parliament: Michael “Mick” McGahey Memorial (21 Mar 2024)

Richard Leonard: The National Union of Mineworkers, the McGahey family, Green MSPs, Labour MSPs, Liberal MSPs, Scottish National Party Government ministers, journalists past and present and, just this week, the Scottish Trades Union Congress all support a memorial, so will the corporate body meet with the NUM, the family and me to work out how a fitting legacy to this working-class hero can be delivered in...

Scottish Parliament: Public Interest Journalism (Support) (20 Mar 2024)

Richard Leonard: 8. To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on what action it is taking to support public interest journalism. (S6O-03223)

Scottish Parliament: Public Interest Journalism (Support) (20 Mar 2024)

Richard Leonard: Public interest journalism is all too often being silenced by rich corporations and wealthy individuals using strategic lawsuits against public participation. The Defamation and Malicious Publication (Scotland) Act 2021 does not tackle that; it applies only to lawsuits that are lodged on the ground of defamation. Will the minister work with the Cabinet Secretary for Justice and Home Affairs...

Scottish Parliament: Housing (Cladding Remediation) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (12 Mar 2024)

Richard Leonard: The purpose of a stage 1 parliamentary debate is to agree the general principles of a bill, and I think that we can all agree with the general principles of this bill. However, we are regularly lectured by Government ministers that we cannot will the end if we do not will the means to it. Well, Government ministers have had the means to this end now for years: Barnett consequentials of £97...

Scottish Parliament: GFG Alliance (Meetings) ( 6 Mar 2024)

Richard Leonard: 2. To ask the Scottish Government when it plans to next meet with the sole director of the GFG Alliance. (S6O-03151)

Scottish Parliament: GFG Alliance (Meetings) ( 6 Mar 2024)

Richard Leonard: The cabinet secretary’s predecessor was due to meet Sanjeev Gupta on 25 July last year, but Mr Gupta pulled out. This is a company that the Serious Fraud Office is now investigating for suspected fraud, fraudulent trading and money laundering. According to the Auditor General, this is a company that still does not have auditors, so it has not filed audited accounts with Companies House in...

Scottish Parliament: GFG Alliance (Meetings) ( 6 Mar 2024)

Richard Leonard: —will the Government finally publish in full—

Scottish Parliament: Rail Infrastructure Spending (29 Feb 2024)

Richard Leonard: I remind members of my voluntary entry in the register of interests. Members of the National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers are rallying outside Parliament today against a £315 million cut to Scotland’s safety-critical rail infrastructure spending. They say, “Rail cuts cost lives.” Seventy front-line maintenance workers have just been made redundant and a further 80 jobs...

Scottish Parliament: Palestine and Israel (22 Feb 2024)

Richard Leonard: I thank Ivan McKee for leading the debate. I say to Marie McNair that we are here with power borrowed from the people. We are here with a chance to make a difference, to do the right thing and to do the right thing by humanity. What we are debating today is not an electoral calculation but a profoundly moral question. That is also why I say to the Government that it cannot vote in favour of a...

Scottish Parliament: Grangemouth Oil Refinery (22 Feb 2024)

Richard Leonard: I remind members of my voluntary registration of trade union interests. The cabinet secretary tells us of meetings and correspondence. Well, what the workers at Grangemouth want is not talking shops but workshops. They want action and not words. Can the cabinet secretary tell us the powers that the Scottish Government does have and is prepared to use to invest in infrastructure and energy...

Scottish Parliament: Land Ownership (21 Feb 2024)

Richard Leonard: 2. To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on its plan to diversify land ownership in Scotland. (S6O-03087)

Scottish Parliament: Land Ownership (21 Feb 2024)

Richard Leonard: I thank the cabinet secretary for that reply, but “Community ownership of land has flatlined since 2016/17 when the last piece of Land Reform legislation was introduced—only 16 hectares of land went into community ownership in 2021/22. Less than 3% of Scotland’s land is in community ownership and patterns of private landownership remain highly concentrated.” Those are not my words,...


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