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  1. The call-in draws to a close with a question on inequality

    Mr Leonard

    Christina asks where the evidence is that says Scotland is one of the most unequal countries in the world, which she refutes.

    Mr Leonard replies the richest 1% of people in Scotland own more personal wealth than the poorest 50% put together.

    The Scottish Labour leader also points out 343 individual families own 50% of all the land in Scotland.

  2. Leonard rules out coalition deals

    John Paul asks whether a minority Labour government would have a mandate to carry out its manifesto promises.

    He also questions whether Labour would back an independence referendum to ensure it could create a government and avoid another Conservative government.

    Mr Leonard says he is campaigning hard to secure a majority Labour government.

    If Labour were to fall short of that, of course we would be entitled to form a government but we are not prepared to do that on the basis of coalition deals.

    He insists his party will try to put through the policy programme through a Queen's Speech and will call on other parties including the SNP to back it.

    If they do not, they will have to answer to the people of Scotland why they did not, he adds.

    John Paul insists it would be for Labour to answer why there could be another Conservative government Scotland did not vote for.

  3. Leonard accused of 'taking the mickey out of the Scottish people' over Trident

    Angus in Bathgate asks why the Labour party is committed to the renewal of Trident.

    He says he knows Scottish Labour would not renew which is taking the mickey out of the Scottish people because if the UK wide Labour party decides to renew it Sottish Labour will be unable to stop them.

    Mr Leonard replies this election comes down to whether you want to see a Labour government or a Tory government.

    If you support a world that is nuclear free, with a new impetus behind world disarmament, then you must trust Jeremy Corbyn, not Boris Johnson he argues.

    Angus says: "Tell me which working class people and which country you are willing to annihilate?"

    Mr Leonard says the party has decided Trident must be renewed for strategic reasons, but he stresses he and Jeremy Corbyn will be absolutely resolute in finding a non-nuclear future.

  4. 'We benefit from being part of a shared union'

    A text from Gary in Dundee questions Labour's opposition to Scottish independence, suggesting the party would do quite will in an independent Scotland.

    Mr Leonard replies: "I just think that we benefit from being part of a shared union on these shared islands that allows for the redistribution of wealth and power."

    He explains he would prefer a federal model to give Scotland much more say in a decentralised state, which would include abolishing the House of Lords and replacing it with an elected senate of the regions.

  5. 'Green Industrial Revolution' has potential to create 1m jobs

    Richard Leonard

    Natasha from Glasgow, who is a member of the Labour Party, asks how many jobs will the so-called Green New Deal generate in Scotland.

    Mr Leonard replies the "Green Industrial Revolution" has the potential to create one million jobs across the UK.

    The Scottish Labour leader says the transition must be planned, with the workers in the oil and gas industry being involved and with a rejection of market forces, citing the issues BiFab have faced.

    He calls for an innovative government creating jobs in retrofitting houses and improving energy efficiency.

  6. Companies must pay 'fair share' of taxes

    Jamie in Largs criticises "hypocrisy" of Labour on Waspi women, before turning to a local campaign focusing on Inverclyde Royal Hospital despite this being a devolved issue.

    He also asks about corporation tax on companies like Amazon.

    Mr Leonard highlights Amazon's turnover for distribution was £2.5bn yet it only paid £14m in tax.

    He insists "there is something wrong" with how companies like Amazon can move profits around and not pay their fair share of taxes.

    Do you think Amazon and other corporations are more likely to pay their fair share when Labour is proposing to increase corporation tax, Jamie asks.

    Yes because we will strengthen the resources of HMRC Mr Leonard replies.

    On the NHS, the Scottish Labour leader says it is still relevant despite devolution because Barnett consequentials would see the Scottish government have an extra £2bn to spend on the NHS.

  7. £600m investment in social care per year

    Richard Leonard and Kaye Adams

    Geoff from Dunfermline asks about the provision of social care in Scotland.

    Mr Leonard replies we have to "think big and act radically", as Labour did with the introduction of the NHS.

    The Scottish Labour leader says there is no doubt there will be pressure on social care, so there ought to be a Scottish care service.

    This would be administered and run by local councils, with £600m investment in social care each year, he adds.

    Mr Leonard says this would be a 25% rise.

    Geoff definitely wants a Labour government having been "conned by austerity for years and years".

  8. 'The record of the SNP on the NHS is in my view poor'

    Frank says the NHS is performing best in Scotland and worst in Labour-led Wales, asking why on earth we would people accept a third rate NHS.

    "The record of the SNP on the NHS is in my view poor and we've reached crisis point in some areas," replies Mr Leonard.

    He cites staffing issues in the NHS in Scotland and he says over a quarter of a million people have not had their waiting times met and cancer waiting times are too long.

    I'm determined that the NHS in Scotland is properly financed and people get the NHS they deserve, says the Scottish Labour leader.

  9. Leonard refutes claim Labour only built six houses for rent

    Richard Leonard in the studio

    Frank in East Kilbride says he could shot down every single statement Mr Leonard has made this morning.

    When Labour was in power it built six houses for rent, he argues.

    Frank says why would someone believe Labour when they have had all those chances in power.

    Mr Leonard says there is this mythology about Labour in government concerning six houses being built for rent.

    He argues there was a massive programme of investment in housing.

    The Scottish Labour manifesto pledges to build 120,000 new council and social houses, as well as spending £6bn to renovate existing homes to make them more environmentally friendly.

  10. Setting up new state would be 'waste of public expenditure'

    Carol, a Labour party member, says she is concerned about poverty and inequality in Scotland.

    Do you think independence would be an answer to these issues, she asks.

    "No, I don't," replies Mr Leonard.

    He says the SNP's growth commission report suggested there would be a programme of cuts to create a new state, which he argues is "not a prospectus most people would be drawn to".

    The reserves needed to avoid this would be £100bn he adds.

    Labour is proposing £100bn of investment in the economy for Scotland he says, adding Labour does not want to see a "waste of public expenditure" in creating a new state.

  11. Leonard says raising living wage up to £10 will help tackle poverty

    Richard Leonard and Kaye Adams
    Image caption: Richard Leonard and Kaye Adams

    Ryan in Ayrshire says the policy of raising the living wage up to £10 per hour would lead to costs for goods rising.

    So what will be done to mitigate the rise in the cost of living, he asks.

    Mr Leonard says when national minimum wage was introduced there were concerns about inflation and job security, but it proved to be a welcome improvement in the standard of living and a new buoyancy in the economy.

    That's what he thinks will happen if the living wage is raised up to £10 for over 16 year olds.

    The Scottish Labour leader says we need to start getting serious about the minimum wage to help tackle poverty.

    Ryan says he has been quite impressed with Mr Leonard despite being an SNP voter.

  12. General election 2019: Labour pledges payouts to pension age rise women

    Waspi women

    Labour has promised compensation to more than three million women who lost out on years of state pension payments when their retirement age was raised, if it wins the general election.

    Shadow chancellor John McDonnell said the pledge would settle a "debt of honour" to women born in the 1950s.

    Those expecting to retire at 60 were told they would have to wait years longer when changes to the state pension age were accelerated in 2010.

    Labour said its promise may cost £58bn.

    Read more here.

  13. Waspi money can be borrowed

    Kaye highlights Labour's commitment regarding Waspi women (Women Against State Pension Inequality) and asks about finding the funding for this.

    Mr Leonard says the money can be borrowed, adding the amount needed is a fraction of the amount borrowed for banks previously.

    I think there must be a magic money tree behind No. 10 planted by Jeremy Corbyn, suggests Eileen.

  14. Labour will keep triple lock on pensions

    The first question comes from Eileen from Alloa who wants to talk about pensions.

    Eileen asks if Labour will keep the triple lock on pensions.

    "Yes we are," replies Mr Leonard.

    He says Labour will keep the winter fuel allowance and will not allow the free TV licences for over 75s to be withdrawn.

    He argues it should be for the UK government to pay for the provision, not the BBC.

  15. Labour would 'break out of the shackles' of austerity

    What do you think the key issues are, Kaye asks.

    Mr Leonard says it is about whether we see further austerity or whether we "break out of the shackles of that".

    He points to the pledge to raising the living wage to £10 per hour.

    Kaye asks how Scottish Labour is dealing with voters being fed up with politicians.

    "I think it's about making connections," replies the Scottish Labour leader.

    He says people are concerned about getting appointments at the GP and maintaining hospital services, so the campaign is about getting messages across about how to respond.

  16. And we're off.....

    Kaye Adams gets the latest Call the Leader underway by welcoming Richard Leonard.

    Remember you can call in to ask the Scottish Labour leader your question on 08085 92 95 00 or text on 89205.

    Kaye says there have been some disappointing polls for Labour but she accepts they must be treated with an element of caution.

    They suggest Scottish Labour is facing a complete wipeout bar one seat, she says.

    Kaye asks how does Mr Leonrd think it is going?

    Mr Leonard replies he thinks it is going well despite that poll and he points to the 2017 election when Labour were doing poorly in the polls, but came back to go from one to seven seats in Scotland.

    He says the margins are tight and there is a volatility in the electorate and only Labour are an alternative to a Tory government.

  17. Richard Leonard and Kaye Adams are raring to go...

    Richard Leonard and Kaye Adams

    You can call in to ask Richard Leonard your question on 08085 92 95 00.

  18. Next: Your chance to ask Richard Leonard questions

    Richard Leonard at the Scottish Labour conference in March
    Image caption: Richard Leonard at the Scottish Labour conference in March

    Richard Leonard will appear on the second Call the Leader phone-in on Mornings with Kaye Adams shortly after 9am.

    You can call in with your question on 08085 92 95 00.

    Kaye Adams
  19. Here's the Scottish Labour manifesto again...

    Scottish Labour has unveiled its vision for Scotland ahead of the 12 December general election.

    Many of the pledges relate to issues, such as education or health, which are devolved to the Scottish Parliament.

    This means Labour would either need to the win the support of the Scottish government or win the next Holyrood election in 2021 before the policy could be introduced.