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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.

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  • Article: May 19, 2020

    COVID-19 will leave a deep scar on our health and care workforce, who have gone above and beyond to tackle this dreadful virus. Thousands have lost colleagues, endured serious illness, or faced significant trauma.

    Whilst we can hope to get a grip on COVID-19 in the coming months, the mental health impacts will last a lifetime.

  • Article: May 19, 2020

    The Scottish Liberal Democrats have today called on the Scottish Government to begin publishing a daily breakdown of coronavirus testing numbers by key sector, as is being done in countries such a Cyprus, and by local area.

    The government in Cyprus publishes daily statistics broken down by testing setting/group and identifies how many of each type of test were positive. This includes information about the number of tests and cases identified via the tracing regime, and in some key sectors such as construction.

  • Article: May 18, 2020

    Speaking ahead of the First Minister setting out plans on how to ease the lockdown in Scotland, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie said:

    "As we ease the lockdown, I urge the First Minister to prioritise those suffering most at home, in isolation or trapped in hospital. We need to be cautious but, as the First Minister acknowledged, we can't remain locked in our own homes until a vaccine or cure arrives as that may be a very long time yet.

  • Article: May 18, 2020

    Responding to the news that the Scottish Government will launch a contract tracing pilot exercise in NHS Fife, NHS Lanarkshire and NHS Highland for the next 2 weeks, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader and North East Fife MSP Willie Rennie said:

    "I'm glad that a pilot scheme for the test, trace, isolate and support system is now getting underway. Speed is of the essence in getting this system up and running.

  • Article: May 18, 2020

    On the eve of Mental Health Week, the Scottish Liberal Democrats have set out new steps the Scottish Government should take to improve the mental health of the nation in the wake of coronavirus. Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has said we must "be prepared for the scale of the challenge" as we "emerge from the shadow of the virus".

  • Article: May 18, 2020

    Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie has said that any support package provided to Ineos must offer a positive return for taxpayers rather than being a "billionaire's bailout".

    According to recent media reports, Ineos and its partner Chinese state-owned PetroChina are seeking up to £500m of state loan funding with the Scottish Government for their joint firm Petroineos, while discussions have also been held with the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and the Treasury.

  • Article: May 18, 2020

    COVID-19 will leave a deep scar on our health and care workforce, who have gone above and beyond to tackle this dreadful virus. Thousands have lost colleagues, endured serious illness, or faced significant trauma.

    Whilst we can hope to get a grip on COVID-19 in the coming months, the mental health impacts will last a lifetime.

  • Article: May 18, 2020

    The coronavirus pandemic has highlighted the enormous contributions that workers from all over the world make to our country and our communities.

    Tens of thousands of doctors, nurses and other NHS staff. Hundreds of thousands of social care workers. And millions more in sectors hit hard by this crisis, from restaurants and hotels to construction and manufacturing.

  • Article: May 17, 2020

    In the midst of the Covid 19 crisis it is easy to think it is the only issue in town. But there is another issue that as Liberals we should not need reminding of.

    One aspect of it was highlighted to me this week when a friend told me that he cannot give blood.

    My friend would like to help by providing blood from which plasma could be used in the fight against COVID-19 but regardless of how rare his blood group might be, of how healthy he is, he cannot donate because he is gay.

  • Article: May 17, 2020

    Scottish Liberal Democrats have proposed an amendment to the latest coronavirus emergency legislation to help pave the way for more cafes, restaurants and bars to use closed roads to enable social distancing between customers, once they are permitted to re-open.

    The amendment confirms that it shall not be an offence to place tables and chairs in the road outside a premises, provided it is done with the local authority's consent and doesn't cause an obstruction to disabled people.