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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.

Daily Record Column - 13th December 2016

IT is decision time for the SNP. In 48 hours, Nicola Sturgeon must decide if she is going to invest in our schools or pass on a Tory budget that will damage the life chances of every child in Scotland. Thursday is budget day in the Scottish Parliament and history will...

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First Minister’s Questions - 15th December 2016

The last two weeks have exposed a decade of failure under the SNP. Even SNP councillors are now speaking out. In Dundee they have said that the real problem in education is not who runs the school budget - it’s the fact that the budgets are being cut. Ten years of the...

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Taxation Debate - Wednesday 14th December 2016

People will be appalled to learn that SNP ministers who campaigned against austerity last night voted with the Tories to block the introduction of a 50p top rate of tax for the richest few earning more than £150,000 a year. When Nationalist ministers present the...

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First Minister’s Questions - 8th December 2016

Today at First Minister's Questions I asked Nicola Sturgeon to extend the inquiry into child abuse to deliver justice for all survivors. In recent days we have discovered that our national game is not so beautiful. Football has become enmeshed in society’s shame –...

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Alex Johnstone MSP (1961-2016)

On behalf of Scottish Labour I would like to extend our condolences. Our thoughts are with Alex Johnstone’s family and friends. Alex had a reputation around the Scottish Parliament as a great character. When our politics can feel divided, he was always quick to inject...

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IPPR Speech - 7th December 2016

Today I delivered a speech at IPPR in London to unveil a proposal for a new Act of Union to save the UK for generations to come. You can read the full speech below: I want to begin by thanking you and everyone here at IPPR for inviting me to speak in London this...

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Daily Record Column - 5th December 2016

LATER this week, a fascinating new BBC fly-on-the-wall documentary will demonstrate how our dedicated council workers are coping with the SNP's punishing budget cuts. “The Council”, on BBC One at 9pm on Wednesday, will reveal how Fife Council is juggling higher demand...

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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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