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Scottish Liberal Democrats Demand Better

  • Article: Jun 24, 2021

    Speaking after Scottish Liberal Democrats opposed the Coronavirus (Extension and Expiry) Bill, instead demanding that the Scottish Government bring back better legislation after the summer, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP commented:

    "This was a difficult decision because we don't have a cavalier attitude towards this virus or our route out of it. But we also value the importance of scrutiny and parliamentary democracy.

  • Article: Jun 24, 2021

    Responding to the announcement from the Scottish Government that women have been wrongly excluded from the cervical screening programme and that one woman has died, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP commented:

    "This is a serious public health failure. It will be deeply alarming news to women across the country and it is a tragic reminder of the importance of robust screening programmes.

  • Article: Jun 23, 2021

    Wendy Chamberlain, MP for North East Fife and the Liberal Democrat Chief Whip and spokesperson for Scotland, Wales and DWP, is calling for all EU citizens and their family members who have not yet done so to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme.

    Ms Chamberlain has written this week to the Home Secretary to ask her to lift the deadline for applying to the Scheme and prevent the risk of thousands of people becoming subject to the hostile environment. She has also highlighted a number of concerns in the functioning of the scheme in its final weeks including errors on the phone app, problems with accessing paper applications, and no replies on the EU Settlement Scheme Resolution Centre helpline.

  • Article: Jun 22, 2021

    Commenting on statistics published today showing a 4% increase in police recorded incidents of domestic abuse before the pandemic started, Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Liam McArthur MSP said:

    "Domestic abuse is a hideous crime and even now the figures almost certainly represent an underestimation of the problem.

  • Article: Jun 21, 2021

    Responding to the to the publication of the OECD Report, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie said:

    "If the SNP Government has not been so bloody minded for so long pupils and teachers may not have been subjected the inadequacies of the structure and support provided by the SQA and Education Scotland.

  • Article: Jun 20, 2021

    cottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie has today warned that the forthcoming OECD report into Scottish education will have failed Scottish pupils if it leaves in place the SQA and Education Scotland after their poor handling of Scottish education.

    The long-gestating report is due to be published alongside a ministerial statement on Monday 21st January.

  • Article: Jun 19, 2021

    Responding to the Scottish Government's announcement of funding to tackle the attainment gap, Scottish Liberal Democrat education spokesperson Beatrice Wishart MSP said:

    "This cannot disguise the fact that despite the First Minister's promise to close the attainment gap between richer and poorer pupils, it has barely budged since she took office. Audit Scotland made that point clearly earlier this year.

  • Article: Jun 18, 2021

    Orkney and Shetland MP, Alistair Carmichael, has spoken out today after it emerged that UK food and drink exports to the European Union almost halved year on year in the first three months of 2021. Food and Drink Federation (FDF) figures show that EU sales dropped by 47%, largely due to changes in the UK's trading relationship with the EU. Compared with the first quarter of 2019 exports of cheese were down 72% and fish sales were down 52%.

  • Article: Jun 18, 2021

    Commenting on the First Minister's announcements of changes to travel regulations which prohibit travel to Manchester and Salford from 21 June, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie said:

    "The Scottish Government have put in place regulations preventing travel to places in England which everyone knows cannot be enforced. Meanwhile travel is still permitted to parts of Scotland where the same levels of cases are being reported.

  • Article: Jun 18, 2021

    Liberal Democrats showed that we are a force to be reckoned with.

    Last night Liberal Democrats gained a 25% swing in Chesham and Amersham electing our 12th MP, Sarah Green.

    We struck at the heart of the Conservatives' blue wall and took one of their safest seats.

    Liberal Democrats showed that we are a force to be reckoned with. We have a team to match anyone.