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

  • Article: Aug 16, 2017

    The events of the last few days have shocked and appalled the entire world.

    Images of Nazis, marching in American streets, terrorist attacks on peaceful protestors. Every world leader should be able to condemn that.

    Donald Trump's response to these tragic events has been shocking.

    He has shown that he is unable to detach himself from the extreme-right and racial supremacists.

  • Article: Aug 16, 2017

    Using an anonymous government source to announce an official position paper on the border between Ireland and Northern Ireland is shambolic.

    The Leave campaign pledged that Brexit would not leave the border any less open after Brexit, but the government proposals leave the door open to customs checks on larger traders.

  • Article: Aug 15, 2017

    Today, I've challenged David Davis to answer six questions over plans set out on future customs arrangements after Brexit.

    The government is offering two ways forward but won't tell us which it prefers. That's no doubt because cabinet ministers can't even agree amongst themselves.

    These plans are more concerned with papering over the cracks within the Conservative party than protecting our economy.

    All those industries that depend on membership of the customs union, from the car industry to aerospace, still have no clear idea what is coming down the track.

    All they know is that instead of jumping off a cliff in 18 months, the government now wants to do so in a few years' time.

    The government must come clean over the real costs of these plans for British businesses and consumers.

  • Article: Aug 15, 2017

    Scottish Liberal Democrats have today called on the UK Government to expand shared parental leave. The call comes as a new report from the equality watchdog suggests that men should be given more paternity leave to help close the gender pay gap.

    A new report from the Equality and Human Rights Commission says the proposal would help men and women to more equally share childcare responsibilities and reduce the 'motherhood penalty' many women face after having children.

  • Article: Aug 15, 2017

    Brexit Secretary Davis has claimed that lack of clarity over the Government's Brexit plans was a deliberate attempt at "constructive ambiguity" as part of the negotiations.

    You will find it difficult sometimes to read what we intend. That's deliberate. I'm afraid in negotiations you do have constructive ambiguity from time to time.

    Brexit Secretary, David Davis
  • Article: Aug 15, 2017

    Today's news that the Grenfell inquiry will not look into broader questions of social housing policy is a wasted opportunity.

    Disappointingly, the inquiry will only look into the actions of Kensington and Chelsea Council in the run up to the tragedy.

    This inquiry must fully consult the survivors of this terrible tragedy and get to the bottom of why their concerns were not acted upon.

  • Article: Aug 15, 2017

    Responding to reports that as the academic year begins there are more than 500 teacher vacancies in Scottish schools, Scottish Liberal Democrat education spokesperson Tavish Scott MSP said:

    "Head teachers face classrooms without teaching staff as pupils go back to school. We need a government who recognise that their management of Scottish education over 10 years has made teaching less attractive as a profession.

  • Article: Aug 15, 2017

    This steep hike to rail fares will be a bitter blow for passengers struggling with overcrowded and unreliable trains.

    This is the biggest annual price hike in 5 years.

    The fact that fare rises are soaring above wage increases is another sign that people are losing out from higher inflation since the referendum.

  • Article: Aug 15, 2017

    Responding to new figures which show that the number of drug related deaths has risen by 23% to 867 in 2016, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP said:

    "It's shocking to hear that the number of drug-related deaths has spiralled to their highest ever level. Each is a tragedy that could have been prevented.

  • Article: Aug 15, 2017

    Even if the government's plans for new customs arrangements with the EU were agreed to by the EU, these proposals will only delay the economic pain caused by leaving the customs union.

    The only way to ensure 'free and frictionless' trade with the EU is to remain a full member of the Customs Union and Single Market.