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Scottish Liberal Democrats Demand Better

  • Article: Jul 23, 2021

    Scottish Liberal Democrat interim leader Alistair Carmichael has today highlighted new figures released by the House of Lords European Affairs Committee which reveal that only 2% of all applications for the EU Settlement Scheme were from people aged over 65, reigniting new concerns on the current status of EU nationals living in the UK.

  • Article: Jul 23, 2021

    Responding to the First Minister's announcement on self-isolation rules, Willie Rennie MSP said:

    "I have been calling for something similar for some weeks as the risk of staff absence because of self-isolation is threatening to collapse essential public services like hospitals, GP surgeries and home care. That would have a significant impact on the health of people across the country.

  • Article: Jul 22, 2021

    Scottish Liberal Democrat interim leader Alistair Carmichael MP has today said the First Minister needs to introduce a test and release system for workers after British supermarkets warned that some products were in short supply and petrol stations had been forced to close.

    Mr Carmichael said:

    "Supermarkets are warning that supply chains are struggling and staff are not available to get produce onto shelves because so many workers are self-isolating.

  • Article: Jul 22, 2021

    Responding to reports in The Times that NearForm, the developer behind the Protect Scotland contact tracing app is developing a vaccine passport app for the Scottish Government, interim Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Alistair Carmichael MP said:

    "The First Minister and the Health Secretary have both expressed their scepticism about the effectiveness and the ethics of vaccine passports but while they mumble platitudes, their government has ploughed ahead with making this deeply divisive technology a reality.

  • Article: Jul 22, 2021

    We all remember seeing the horrific scenes of the burning tower at Grenfell on the news over four years ago.

    The tragic loss of 72 lives was a dark moment for our country and the cladding scandal that emerged emboldened me to stand up for the rights of all those living in unsafe buildings.

    That event also was a lightning rod for the wider public and put a sharp focus on the quality of housing that many people live in - particularly in more densely populated urban areas.

  • Article: Jul 21, 2021

    Scottish Liberal Democrat energy spokesperson Liam McArthur has today warned that the Scottish Government needs to drive investment in electric car charging points beyond the central belt and said that a failure to do so risks driving people back to petrol and diesel cars.

    A new Transport Scotland report published today notes:

  • Article: Jul 21, 2021

    Being involved in politics should be fun and rewarding. But it can be stressful and at times any of us may need to turn to others for help or support.

    Often that support can best come from colleagues in your local party or a party body you are active in. But sometimes help is needed elsewhere, and this piece sets out the main places to turn.

  • Article: Jul 21, 2021

    Liberal Democrat spokesperson for DCMS, Jamie Stone, has today spoken against the privatisation of British television network Channel 4. This debate has been sparked following the news that the Government is currently consulting on a 'change of ownership' for Channel 4 and have stated their preferred option is full sale to private ownership.

  • Article: Jul 21, 2021

    Responding to the Health Secretary's interview on Good Morning Scotland this morning in which he denied the NHS was in crisis, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP said:

    "There needs to be an honest acknowledgement that the NHS doesn't just need a post-Covid recovery plan, it needs a recovery plan from 14 years of SNP rule.

  • Article: Jul 20, 2021

    Scottish Liberal Democrat interim leader Alistair Carmichael has today said that Nicola Sturgeon needs to show some leadership and rule out domestic vaccine passports after another inconclusive media round failed to clarify whether the passports could be introduced in Scotland.

    Yesterday Boris Johnson announced that "by the end of September, when all over-18s will have had their chance to be double jabbed, we are planning to make full vaccination the condition of entry to nightclubs and other venues where large crowds gather."