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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: Jul 10, 2019

    When we think of great moments of political upheaval, social change and protests for justice, the images which often come to mind are marches. There is something acutely powerful about seeing so many come together to create, for one moment in time, a community of like-minded people. A crowd which passionately believes in a common cause will have its cause noticed. Marches become beacons of free speech and spawn mass movements which captivate people's attention.

  • Article: Jul 10, 2019
    By Benny Curtis

    I'm Benny, and I've been a Liberal Democrat since 2017 - but I never really had a chance to get particularly involved.

    That changed last week when I headed up to Brecon.

    I knew how important this by-election is going in - we can't afford to take it for granted. It's essential as many Liberal Democrats as possible head to Brecon and Radnorshire to support our candidate, Jane Dodds.

  • Article: Jul 9, 2019

    Responding to comments from Public Health minister Joe Fitzpatrick in which he suggested Scottish drugs deaths in 2018 may be as high as 1,200, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP commented:

    "There has already been a devastating increase in drug-related hospital stays and deaths in recent years. For this to further deteriorate is a damning indictment of the failure of drugs policy in Scotland and indeed the UK.

  • Article: Jul 9, 2019

    Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has today chastised the Scottish Government for repeatedly failing to meet its own stroke targets by a giant margin.

    New figures from the Scottish stroke improvement programme report show that in 2018 just 68% of stroke victims were reported to have been given appropriate care (as outlined in the Scottish Stroke Care Standards). The Scottish Government target for appropriate care is 80%, which was originally set in 2011. This target was not achieved by a single health board. The worst performing health boards were Highland (48%), Dumfries and Galloway (63) and Lothian (64%).

  • Article: Jul 7, 2019

    Scottish Liberal Democrat housing spokesperson Caron Lindsay has today demanded the Scottish Government make fresh efforts to improve poor quality local authority housing, as new research by the Scottish Liberal Democrats reveals over 60,000 complaints about pests in local authority housing since 2016.

  • Article: Jul 6, 2019

    This is a strange way to start off this blog post, but please bear with me. In April 2016 I got my first telescope. I didn't spend a great deal, and it took me awhile to learn how to focus it, but eventually one night I caught Jupiter, its red spot and the bright twinkles of the four Galilean moons. It was at that moment I started to believe in Allah again. At around the same time I properly and very bluntly came out to my father - the end of a rather long journey in me accepting that I was a gay woman. Soon after, I popped down to the LGBT inclusive Christian church at the bottom of my road, in a bid to be able to reconcile faith in god with my sexuality. It was welcoming, but it did not feel like my spiritual home.

  • Article: Jul 5, 2019

    Responding to the Children and Young People's Mental Health Taskforce's recommendations, which includes a warning about the need for "transformational change", Scottish Liberal Democrat mental health spokesperson Emma Walker said:

    "The taskforce has done an excellent job by highlighting the major challenges facing children and young people's mental health services.

  • Article: Jul 5, 2019

    Today, Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Liam McArthur has revealed that as many as three quarters of detainees in Scottish prisons went without attending a single a single education or skills class in the past month.

    A Scottish Liberal Democrat freedom of information request answered by the Scottish Prison Service reveals that only a quarter of prisoners in Edinburgh attended at least one education class during May, the lowest proportion in Scotland. This was followed by Glenochil (30%) and Shotts and Castle Huntly (both 31%). By contrast, 100% of prisoners at Inverness and Cornton Vale undertook at least one education class.

  • Article: Jul 5, 2019
    By Liberal Democrats

    In a time of political crisis, we have some good news, and an invitation to demand democracy.

    I want Proportional Representation

    We have signed the Good Systems Agreement, alongside other parties, organisations and public figures.

    Together we have achieved something that has never been done in the UK. We're securing broad consensus about the principles that define good voting systems. Most importantly, seats won in Parliament must closely reflect the votes cast. We have also agreed that the best voting system for the UK would ideally be determined by citizens. This could be done through an evidence-based, deliberative process, like a citizens' assembly.

  • Article: Jul 4, 2019

    Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Liam McArthur MSP has today kicked off a Liberal Democrat investigation into education in prison, as he revealed huge waits for classes intended to give prisoners basic skills.

    Mr McArthur warned that these delays are a barrier to rehabilitation, and are preventing prisoners from turning their lives around. Mr McArthur called for the Scottish Government to reduce this backlog as a matter of urgency.