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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.

Speech to Scottish Labour Conference

Kezia delivered her leader's speech on Saturday 25th February at the Scottish Labour Conference in Perth. You can read the full speech below. Chair, conference, friends, Thank you for that incredible welcome. It's great to be back in Perth. And let me begin by...

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Daily Record Column – 21st February 2017

Scotland’s economy needs a boost. Our public services need investment, not more cuts. And the businesses that employ millions of people across the country are crying out for help. But the response from the government is to impose more cuts and increase the costs on...

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Job Opportunity: Kezia Dugdale MSP

Kezia Dugdale MSP (Lothian Region) is looking for an enthusiastic and highly organised individual to join her team as a Caseworker. This is a part time position based in the Scottish Parliament. Hours: 21 hours per week (based on 35 hours FTE) – Monday, Friday and one...

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Eulogy to Gordon Aikman – February 18th 2017

Eulogy to Gordon Aikman - February 18th 2017: "Gin and Tonic please. There are many things I cannot do - but drinking gin is not one of them." There was a time not so long ago when it felt like every night out started at Gordon's no matter where it ended up. He loved...

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Daily Record Column – 14th February 2017

Our country is at a turning point. The effects of Brexit and the drumbeat of a second independence referendum coming from Nicola Sturgeon means that questions about how we run our country are again at the centre of our politics. But what is clear is that neither a...

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First Minister’s Questions – 9th February 2017

The Sutton Trust exposes the SNP’s catastrophic failure on education. In the subjects most important to growing Scotland’s economy in the future, young people are being let down. Despite the hard work of pupils and teachers, the SNP’s failure is there for all to see....

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Speech on Article 50 – Tuesday 7th February

I welcome the chance to speak in today’s debate. It’s important that this chamber makes its voice heard, although we must accept that ultimately it is for the UK Parliament to have the final say. Those on the SNP’s benches may not like that, but people in Scotland...

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Daily Record Column – Tuesday 8th February

The Brexit process is a shambles. First Theresa May said there shouldn’t be a vote in Parliament, then her hand was forced. Next she said she wouldn’t be publishing a White Paper on her plans for leaving the European Union, but again she was forced into a u-turn. With...

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Gordon Aikman – The Man I Knew

A few newspapers asked me to recount how Gordon and I met and what he was really like, hope this does him some justice. The Man I knew  I first met Gordon Aikman back in 2006 at Edinburgh University. I was working as a welfare adviser and my first job was to support...

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My friend, Gordon Aikman

I am utterly bereft. Although we all knew time was precious, Gordon's death comes as a shock. I have lost a best friend and the world has lost a man who made it a better place. I will keep Gordon's husband Joe and all his family in my thoughts and prayers. The wedding...

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First Minister’s Questions – 2nd February 2016

Since I asked Nicola Sturgeon about the mental health crisis last September, there have been another 1,600 cases of young people being rejected for treatment. That’s thousands upon thousands of children and young adults in crisis who have turned to professionals for...

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