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just man­ag­ing things a bit dif­fer­ently or tin­ker­ing round the edges – the peo­ple of Scot­land de­mand real change.”

Mr Leonard was a prom­i­nent trade union leader and is a for­mer chair of the party, but was not well known by vot­ers ahead of his elec­tion.

In 2016 he stood in Air­drie & Shotts, fin­ish­ing run­ner-up to Alex Neil, but en­tered Holyrood as a re­gional MSP af­ter party mem­bers placed him first on their re­gional list.

Of his rise to party promi­nence he added: “I’ve never hid­den from the fact I wasn’t hugely well-known when I was elected leader, but I’m get­ting recog­nised more and peo­ple’s re­sponse has been very pos­i­tive.

“I’m learn­ing and build­ing all the time, and it’s those small things like when peo­ple come up to you on the train, giv­ing en­cour­age­ment and say­ing, ‘what you’re do­ing is right’ that give me con­fi­dence we’re go­ing in the right di­rec­tion.”

It’s good to talk Labour leader Richard Leonard meets our re­porter

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