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

  • Article: Sep 20, 2018

    Scottish Liberal Democrats have today described Scotland's housing crisis as "a blot on the nation" as the results of a new Shelter Scotland report revealed that last year 21,290 people received help from its housing advice and support services - more than ever before.

    Commenting on the report, Scottish Liberal Democrat housing spokesperson Caron Lindsay said:

  • Article: Sep 20, 2018

    North East MSP Mike Rumbles has today slammed the Scottish Government for allowing a leading compliance officer at SEPA to jump ship and take up a leading role in the salmon farming industry.

    Reports today indicate that the former Chief Officer for Compliance and Beyond at SEPA, who had a key role in developing new regulation for the salmon farming industry is set to become the director of sustainability at the Scottish Salmon Producers' Organisation (SSPO).

  • Article: Sep 20, 2018

    Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie has warned the Liberal Democrat Autumn conference in Brighton that the lessons of Brexit are the lessons for independence as he calls on the SNP to put independence to one side and campaign to keep the whole of the UK in the EU.

    Mr Rennie said:

    "Liam Fox said that Brexit would be the easiest negotiations in human history. Such a wise man.

  • Article: Sep 19, 2018

    Speaking after the Justice Secretary, Humza Yousaf, appeared in front of the Justice Committee this morning to provide an update on the BTP merger, Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Liam McArthur MSP said:

    "The BTP merger was politically-driven and poorly planned.

    "We're two years down the line and the case for the merger continues to unravel. Rushing through this legislation has left BTP officers and staff in limbo and their future remains uncertain.

  • Article: Sep 19, 2018

    Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Liam McArthur MSP today said that HM Inspectorate of Prisons for Scotland's (HMIPS) annual report shows why prisons and sentencing policies need to be "dragged into the 21st century".

    The HMIPS' Annual Report for 2017-18:

    • welcomed the intention to extend the presumption against short prison sentences from three to twelve months;
    • reported that HMPs Inverness and Greenock "did not meet modern standards";
    • said "there were insufficient treatment programmes available for short-term prisoners serving four years or less";
    • praised the work of throughcare support officers helping resettle people following release;
    • reported that "sometimes basic levels of healthcare were not provided to patients" due to staffing issues;
    • reported a rise in instances of the use of novel psychoactive substances;
    • expressed concern about the number of people on remand, adding "it appears that remand is used as a heavy-handed way to ensure the accused attends court for their trial";
    • said much work needs to be done to reduce the number of women held in custody ahead of the introduction of the new estate with fewer places in 2020.
  • Article: Sep 19, 2018

    Responding to the news that the UK Government may halve its funding for the Tay Cities Deal, North East Fife MSP Willie Rennie said:

    "This is a devastating revelation. Both of Scotland's governments have a responsibility to ensure the investment that was promised to the Tay region is delivered and brings tangible benefits to local people.

  • Article: Sep 19, 2018

    Former Liberal Leader David Steel has urged Theresa May to call off the attempts at Brexit. In a statement today he urged her to use a Prime Ministerial TV broadcast to admit that she has tried her best to implement the wishes of the British people narrowly expressed in the referendum, but that it has proved too difficult and damaging for the UK, and that therefore she is going to ask for a people's vote on whether they really wish to crash out of the EU.

  • Article: Sep 19, 2018

    The future of HIV Scotland has been secured by a £231k rescue package, following extensive negotiations between the charity, Scottish Liberal Democrats who campaigned to keep it afloat and the Scottish Government.

    The charity was fighting for its existence after it was unsuccessful in an earlier bid to receive Scottish Government funding.

  • Article: Sep 18, 2018

    Speaking after the debate on bank closures, North East MSP Mike Rumbles said:

    "People in rural and remote communities deserve and depend on access to face-to-face reliable banking. Losing local branches has been devastating.

    "The Scottish and UK governments have had years to get to grips with this issue and have done nothing. This is a genuine opportunity to put their differences aside and protect the essentials on Scottish highstreets.

  • Article: Sep 18, 2018

    Responding to the publication of the UK Migration Advisory Committee report, EEA migration in the UK, Scottish Liberal Democrat Leader Willie Rennie said:

    "Scotland faces the twin challenges of an ageing population and key worker shortages. But these problems are not unique to us. Areas of England, Wales and Northern Ireland share our population trends and need for agricultural workers, NHS and social care staff.