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Scottish Liberal Democrats Demand Better

  • Article: Jan 17, 2021

    As teachers and pupils prepare for the start of the second week of remote learning, Scottish Liberal Democrat education spokesperson Beatrice Wishart MSP has called on the Education Secretary to make sure his education quangos better support teachers with remote learning.

    Her call comes after a week in which:

  • Article: Jan 15, 2021

    Responding to the news that a third appeal by the family of Abdelbaset Al-Megrahi has been rejected by judges at the High Court, former Liberal Democrat leader Lord Menzies Campbell said:

    "Throughout this long and drawn-out process there has been criticism of the judges behind the original verdict. They are unable to speak for themselves but today's decision vindicates the decision they took.

  • Article: Jan 15, 2021

    For years, this Government have promised our fishing industry a sea of opportunity, but, today, our boats are tied up in harbour, their propellers fouled with red tape manufactured in Whitehall.

    Our boats are tied up in harbour, their propellers fouled with red tape manufactured in Whitehall.

    Boats that are able to go to sea are landing their catches in Denmark-an expensive round trip of at least 72 hours, which takes work away from processors and other shoreside businesses in this country.

  • Article: Jan 14, 2021

    Commenting on new findings from the National Union of Students showing that 73% of students have been concerned about managing financially during the covid-19 outbreak, and 14% of students have used food banks during the pandemic, Scottish Liberal Democrat education spokesperson Beatrice Wishart MSP said:

  • Article: Jan 14, 2021

    Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has today called on the Scottish Government to routinely publish how many doses of the various covid vaccines it currently has on hand and criticised a series of blunders that have seen the Health Secretary mistakenly identify a vaccine storage site in England and remove a Covid vaccination plan just hours after it was published.

  • Article: Jan 14, 2021

    I tabled the Immigration (Health and Social Care Staff) Bill 2019-21, which was due for its second reading on Friday.

    Lib Dems will continue to fight for healthcare workers' rights

    But the Government have decided to axe all sitting Fridays until the end of March, meaning dozens of Private Members Bills will effectively be shut down.

  • Article: Jan 14, 2021
    By Edward Davey

    It's been a huge privilege to come to know many Tamil people in my constituency and across the UK since being elected to Parliament back in 1997, and I can therefore say with total certainty, that the contribution of British Tamils to our country and society has been exemplary, with the hard work, intelligence and dedication of so many amazing British Tamils.

  • Article: Jan 13, 2021

    Responding to the publication of today's report from the Citizens' Assembly, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie said:

    "The assembly was set up by SNP ministers as part of a package of steps to promote independence.

    "It is good that the assembly has gone wider in order to look at issues such as mental health, tackling poverty and recovery from the pandemic.

  • Article: Jan 13, 2021

    Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has today pressed the Heath Secretary for answers surrounding the delay in the rollout of the Covid-19 vaccine in Scotland.

    Following Ms Freeman's statement on vaccination planning, Mr Cole-Hamilton asked the Cabinet Secretary why there are currently 200,000 doses of the Pfizer vaccine being stored by Movianto in Bedford, rather than being distributed across Scotland's GP surgeries.

  • Article: Jan 13, 2021

    It is completely unacceptable that parents have received woefully inadequate food parcels in place of free school meals.

    The Secretary of State must urgently investigate this situation.

    The amount of food parents have received to feed their children is not anything like enough to provide an adequate, nutritious lunch every day.