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Scottish Liberal Democrats Demand Better

Those who seek to divide us will never win. It's time to stop this national embarrassment.

Britain deserves better than this. Demand better than Brexit now >www.libdems.org.uk/exit-brexit

  • Article: Jan 21, 2019

    Last Tuesday night Theresa May lost the vote on her Brexit deal by 432 votes to 202. It's the biggest defeat by a Prime Minister in Commons history.

    The next day, Jeremy Corbyn called a no-confidence vote in the Government. It failed.

    Now, Theresa May wants MPs to vote on a deal that's barely different to the one we already rejected.

  • Article: Jan 21, 2019

    Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie has today called for Article 50 to be extended and for the Government to commit to a People's Vote.

    Mr Rennie said:

    "Parliament has spoken and Theresa May's deal is dead. A no deal Brexit would be devastating, with British exports snarled up in bureaucratic form filling and potentially shortages of food and medicine.

  • Article: Jan 18, 2019

    What times we live in. The SODEM team led by Steve have been outside my office with their cries of "Stop Brexit!" for the last two and a half years and earlier this week we came closer to doing that very thing. The vote was the biggest loss by a government ever and you, our members, contributed to that immensely. Each and every time we've asked you to get involved in the Brexit campaign over those last two and a half years you've stepped up to the plate and exceeded expectations. When the history of Brexit is written (if Tim Shipman isn't already writing it!) the Liberal Democrats will be at the heart of it as having led the way from start to finish for a people's vote and that's because of YOU.

  • Article: Jan 18, 2019

    Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Liam McArthur MSP has today revealed figures indicating that the equivalent of 24 operational appliances are on average unavailable to the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) due to staffing.

    A freedom of information request from the Scottish Liberal Democrats to the SFRS revealed that across Scotland appliances were "unavailable due to staffing on an average of 3.83% of the time" across a 12 month period. This increases to 4.72% of the time across stations in the East service delivery area.

  • Article: Jan 18, 2019

    Responding to the Scottish Government's announcement that a leading Consultant child and adolescent psychiatrist will oversee the independent expert review of mental health and wellbeing support for young people in custody, Scottish Liberal Democrats justice spokesperson Liam McArthur MSP said:

    "Authorities urgently need to get to the bottom of what has happened at Polmont in particular but also establish how to stop the loss of more young lives in future.

  • Article: Jan 17, 2019

    Responding to the publication of the Cross Party Group on Cancer's review of the Scottish Government's five year plan, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP said:

    "This report raises some really alarming questions about the future of cancer care in Scotland.

    "Vacancies jeopardise the quality of care and put unnecessary stress on remaining staff. This is a direct result of years of SNP mismanagement of workforce planning.

  • Article: Jan 17, 2019

    All 11 Lib Dem MPs voted against this shambolic Conservative Government in last night's vote of no confidence.

    In the aftermath, Theresa May invited me to discuss the next steps. I accepted, but in our discussion, I was clear.

    There will be no progress until no deal is off the table. We won't vote for this needlessly destructive Brexit. We need a people's vote.

  • Article: Jan 17, 2019

    Responding to this evening's no confidence vote, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie said:

    "The Prime Minister has scraped through this vote but the deal she put her name to is dead and she has all the authority of a Tunnocks teacake.

    "There is now nowhere left for the Labour leadership to hide. They must listen to the overwhelming majority of Labour supporters and back a People's Vote.

  • Article: Jan 17, 2019

    Responding to the evidence given by the Children's Commissioner to the Equality & Human Rights Committee this morning, Scottish Liberal Democrat MSP Alex Cole-Hamilton has pressed for the Scottish Government to back his amendments to raise the age of criminal responsibility to at least meet the new international minimum of 14, and possibly go higher to 16.

  • Article: Jan 17, 2019

    Speaking after Parliament voted down the Prime Minister's Brexit deal, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie said:

    "This is a historic and devastating defeat for the Prime Minister. Her deal is in tatters. So is her credibility.

    "With public services at risk, what happens next is too important to be left to an utterly divided Conservative party.