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Liberal Democrats work all the year round on your behalf not just election time

  • Article: Mar 23, 2017

    Speaking at FMQ's today, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie said:

    "For four years I would walk up Kennington Road and over Westminster Bridge. I'd look up to Big Ben then down the Thames. Dodging past the tourists taking pictures of this iconic scene recognised across the globe. I would descend the steps and into the Palace of Westminster nodding at the police officer who would nod in return. Morning, Mr Rennie. The personal touch.

  • Article: Mar 22, 2017

    Commenting on today's attack in Westminster, Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron said:

    "These were horrific and deeply tragic events and my thoughts and prayers are with the family and loved ones of those who lost their lives today and the many more who are injured.

    "The bravery and professionalism of the police and emergency services has been truly humbling."

  • Article: Mar 22, 2017

    Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Liam McArthur MSP today said police morale has been a "victim of a botched SNP centralisation" after a new survey revealed just one in ten officers and civilian staff believe the outlook for Police Scotland is good.

    A survey asked employees if they supported the statement 'I feel positive about the future within Police Scotland.' Only 10% agreed while 71% disagreed.

  • Article: Mar 22, 2017

    North East MSP Mike Rumbles has challenged the Scottish Government to live up to its promise and provide the funding needed to deliver 100% coverage of superfast broadband by 2021.

    The Scottish Government today renewed its commitment to deliver the ambitious target but figures show that funding levels fall far below the required amount to achieve it.

  • Article: Mar 21, 2017

    The Liberal Democrats have today published a paper setting out the challenges facing the UK's creative industries.

    The Power of Creativity and Brexit paints a testing picture for the industry, with potentially huge impacts from changes to freedom of movement, loss of investment and funding and less access to markets after Brexit.

  • Article: Mar 21, 2017

    Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has today said much more needs to be done to turn around general practice after a senior consultant at NHS Tayside warned of the impact of years of "systematic disinvestment".

    At this morning's Health Committee, Dr Eleanor Hothersall, of NHS Tayside, said becoming a GP is seen as "not a great job to have" and warned that issues in the sector are "one of the biggest public health problems".

  • Article: Mar 21, 2017

    Speaking in this afternoon's debate on whether there should be a second independence referendum, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie MSP said:

    "I want to address the issue of this cast iron mandate. For the SNP their mandate for another referendum is based on the European Union. But now the SNP tell us they will not seek or guarantee membership of the European Union with their referendum.

  • Article: Mar 21, 2017

    Speaking in response to the latest intervention by Gordon Brown on a federalist future for Scotland , Scottish Liberal Democrat peer Jeremy Purvis said:

    "This latest intervention by Gordon Brown adds to the momentum that we are seeing for a federalist way forward. Scottish Liberal Democrats have been at the forefront on pressing the case for a reformed, federal, fair and prosperous UK where the aspirations of the people of Scotland can be met. We have been instrumental in every stage of Scotland's constitutional journey from the Scottish Constitutional Convention to the 2015 Scotland Act.

  • Article: Mar 21, 2017

    Scottish Liberal Democrats have today warned that the sharp rise in inflation is a direct result of Theresa May's pursuit of a hard Brexit.

    New data shows that UK inflation rose to 2.3% in February 2017.

    Scottish Liberal Democrat economy spokesperson Cllr Carolyn Caddick said:

    "Rising inflation shows that the British public are paying the price for Theresa May's decision to take Britain out of the Single Market. With the pound falling in value by 18% since the referendum, the price of imports have shot up and broken the official target. Every Scot going on holiday abroad is seeing that their pounds do not buy what they used to.

    "Worst of all, the dramatic leap in food prices is hitting the poorest the most.

  • Article: Mar 21, 2017

    Scottish Liberal Democrat business manager Mike Rumbles MSP today condemned the Scottish Government's attempt to avoid parliamentary scrutiny after it was confirmed that four ministerial statements are set to take place on the afternoon of 30th March - the final business before MSPs go on their Easter break.