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

  • Article: Oct 19, 2017

    Responding to the news that the Scottish Government has agreed to give children in Scotland equal protection from assault, Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP said:

    "Scottish Liberal Democrats have regularly demanded the so-called "justifiable assault" of children be brought to an end. It is a source of national shame that this defence still exists and it is welcome that SNP ministers will now get with the times and abolish it.

  • Article: Oct 19, 2017

    Responding to the Social Mobility Commission's report which has found millions of workers remains trapped in low-paid jobs, Liberal Democrat Deputy Leader Jo Swinson:

    "This report shows that a whole section of society are being failed by this government and remain permanently trapped in low-paid work.

    "This is only being made worse by the Conservatives' pursuit of an extreme Brexit that is damaging businesses, pushing up prices and hitting the poorest hardest.

    "We urgently need to invest more in education, including adult learning, to improve social mobility and help people escape from poverty.

    "Employment rules must be made fit for the 21st century, to strengthen rights and increase security for workers."

  • Article: Oct 19, 2017

    This morning, Theresa May has penned an open letter on her Facebook page on EU Citizens Rights. Unfortunately, the message is a huge disappointment.

    It is a message full of empty words. People's lives must never be bargaining chips.

    I feel so strongly about this, that I've replied directly to her open letter on Facebook - and if you agree with my message, I need you to add your voice to mine. Will you like and reply to my comment? You can do that here:

  • Article: Oct 19, 2017

    Responding to Audit Scotland's new report on Transport Scotland's ferry services, Shetland MSP Tavish Scott said:

    "Audit Scotland's damning indictment of this SNP government's approach to ferry services shines a bright light on the SNPs' blatant geographic discrimination and lays bare that Islanders in Orkney and Shetland have been paying for ferry fare reductions on the west coast.

  • Vince Cable (Chris McAndrew [CC BY 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons)
    Article: Oct 19, 2017

    The festival of lights is upon us once again; across the country streets will be aglow with lights and decorations as thousands of Hindus, Jains, Sikhs and Buddhists gather to celebrate the ancient festival of Diwali.

    Celebrations such as these speak to our shared human experience, causing us to see beyond that which too often divides us. There is a universal capacity to resist evil, hate and ignorance, this is particularly significant given the intolerance and division we continue to witness across many parts of the country. Let us all use this time to reignite the lamp of kindness and compassion within ourselves.
    As you gather with family and friends to light the Diya, pray and exchange gifts I wish you a peaceful and joyous time. Shubh Diwali!

  • Vince Cable (Chris McAndrew [CC BY 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons)
    Article: Oct 18, 2017

    Nationally England, Wales and Northern Ireland have not hit one of their three key targets for 18 months.

    Liberal Democrat Leader Vince Cable commented:

    "Growing demand has stretched the NHS beyond its limits.

    "Even our extraordinarily hard-working doctors and nurses can only do so much when the Conservatives are unwilling to address chronic funding shortages.

  • Ed Davey (Chris McAndrew [CC BY 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons)
    Article: Oct 18, 2017

    Footage covertly filmed by BBC Panorama allegedly showed staff at Brook House, near Gatwick airport, "mocking, abusing and assaulting" detainees held there.

    The Equality and Human Rights Commission has written to Amber Rudd calling on the Home Office to launch an independent inquiry, and said there may also be a wider problem extending to other immigration removal centres in the UK.

  • Alistair Carmichael (Chris McAndrew [CC BY 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons)
    Article: Oct 18, 2017

    The comments from the Secretary of State regarding the current state of the talks process in Northern Ireland is deeply troubling. There are very real consequences for the people of Northern Ireland with the continuing stalemate - budgetary decisions are waiting to be taken, NHS targets are being missed and waiting lists are getting longer, and there is uncertainty for economic investment. Northern Ireland is also lacking a voice in the crucial Brexit negotiations.

  • Stephen Lloyd (By Chris McAndrew (https://beta.parliament.uk/media/yhEkjW57) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons)
    Article: Oct 18, 2017

    "I welcome the government's change of heart, but it is no compensation to the those on the breadline who have already been fleeced. Given the mess of Universal Credit, this is likely to become the hotest hotline in Britain.

    "To even think about charging our most vulnerable citizens before they received their benefit shows just how out of touch the Conservatives are over Universal Credit.

  • Lorely Burt
    Article: Oct 18, 2017

    Lorely Burt said:

    "The whole system of business rates is not working and is not fair. The government has tried tinkering but this is no longer enough. We need to look at land tax valuations.

    "With an economic downturn as a result of Brexit and the threat of online competition, the outlook for retailers is not going to get better any time soon. In calling for a freeze on business rates, the British Retail Consortium is highlighting just what a crisis this has become. Unless ministers address this, they will have presided over the destruction of the high street as we know it."