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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.

My Speech to UK Labour Conference

Thank you. Conference, it’s great to be here in Liverpool. In a city with Labour MPs, a Labour Council and a Labour Mayor. I’m hoping next year we can celebrate when this city elects Steve Rotheram as Labour’s first metro mayor for Liverpool. Conference, we meet here...

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Daily Record Column – 26th September 2016

I am proud to call myself a feminist. As the most senior elected woman in the UK Labour Party, I feel a responsibility to help deliver real change for women. Just having a female First Minister and two opposition leaders in the Scottish Parliament is not enough to...

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Speech to Labour Women’s Conference

Below you will find my speech to the Labour Women’s Conference on Saturday 24th September 2016 in Liverpool. Sisters, every time I am at this conference, when I listen to the experience, the talent and the passion of fellow Labour women, I am reminded of why I...

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Twende Pamoja Peace Walk

At Lauriston Hall yesterday morning, I was excited to be part of a panel of guests who joined representatives of P5-7 and S5-6, from just under 20 different Edinburgh schools. All paired with schools in Tanzania, the gathering of young people was the beginning of an...

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Daily Record Column – 19th September 2016

Three months ago, I joined the First Minister and hundreds of people to pay tribute to Jo Cox at an emotional vigil. One day earlier, the 41-year-old Labour MP had been killed in the street outside her constituency surgery in Birstall, near Leeds. At the heartbreaking...

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Domestic Abuse Law Debate

Since the Scottish Parliament opened, for some reason it’s become rather rare to see the leaders of Scotland’s political parties take part in parliamentary debates unless they are responding to the First Minister. I’m not sure why it’s like that, but in my five...

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Daily Record Column – 12th September 2016

Writing in the Daily Record this week Kez calls for more to be done to protect vital NHS services across the country. The NHS, created by Labour, is the most precious institution we have in this country. When most people think of our health service they think of...

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The Hampden Snore

I was delighted to be able to lend my support to the ‘Hampden Snore’, which is a sleep out event on Friday 30 September from 8:00pm to 6:30am which raises awareness of homelessness in Scotland. It is run in partnership by Bethany Christian Trust and StreetSoccer...

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