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In this section you can find all Kezia’s latest speeches, articles and personal blogs on her work as an MSP for the Lothian Region and as Leader of the Scottish Labour Party.

Celebrating Small Business Saturday

As Christmas approaches, the need to find the perfect present for friends and family looms. Thus, it’s all too easy to resort to a festive catalogue, enthralled by the flashy ads and big brands. But during the Christmas season, Small Business Saturday is here to...

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FMQs – Thursday 1st December 2016

Today at First Minister's Questions I called on Nicola Sturgeon and the SNP to focus on the NHS rather than plotting another independence referendum, as new figures revealed that more than 50,000 patients waited longer than 12 weeks for treatment.   53,257 patients...

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World AIDS Day 2016

Tomorrow is the 28th World AIDS day; this is a day to remember the estimated 35 million people who have died globally from AIDS -related illnesses since the start of the epidemic. It is also a time to reflect on Scotland's HIV response and reinforce our commitment to...

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FMQs – Thursday 24th November

There was more delay and disruption on Scotland's rail network today, as thousands of people were left stranded while trying to get to work. This isn't a one-off. Scotland's commuters just aren't getting the service they deserve. People are fed up with expensive,...

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Daily Record Column – 21st November 2016

The SNP’s Transport Minister Humza Yousaf recently claimed not to be a transport expert. That fact has been clear in recent weeks as the performance of Scotland’s rail network has lurched from one crisis to another. Last Thursday, thousands of people were caught up in...

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#Scotfail FMQs – 17th November 2016

At FMQ's today I highlighted the fact that today was yet another shambolic day on our railways, causing misery for passengers. But figures show that, even on a normal day on Scotland’s rail network, a fifth of trains are late. Passengers deserve better and it is this...

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Backroom Boys Event

Last night I hosted panel debate alongside the Women 5050 in the Scottish Parliament entitled Backroom Boys with representatives from Scotland's political parties and the media. Having women at every level of politics in Scotland is the only way we can ensure real...

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Respect for Shopworkers Week

You know it’s less than six weeks until Christmas when the John Lewis advert fills our screens, Noddy Holder’s booming voice begins to fill the airwaves and the Edinburgh festival market gets ready to open its doors. And ahead of us, we have the dreaded day of black...

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Daily Record Column – Monday 7th November 2016

The reputation of politicians has rarely been as tarnished as it is today. Across Britain, voters are increasingly turned off by the nastiness of the Tories, the divisiveness of the SNP and the arguments within my own party. Across the Pond it is far worse, as one of...

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