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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.

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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Brunstane Farmland

In October 2014, I submitted by objections to HSG29 (the building of homes west of Newcraighall village) in the second proposed Local Development Plan. I did this for the following reasons: I believed the site was a current productive area for farming and forms part...

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Daily Record Column – Monday 5th September

It’s less than two years since Scotland had our say in the biggest vote in our history. In the independence referendum,we voted to stay part of the United Kingdom. Two years on, the SNP are launching a “listening exercise” on independence again. I’d hoped they were...

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