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Scottish Liberal Democrats Demand Better

  • Article: Jul 20, 2021

    Scottish Liberal Democrats have today [Tuesday 20th July] opened nominations for their next party leader.

    Nominations will close on Friday 20th August. As well as requiring 10% support from the Scottish Parliamentary party, nominees are also required to obtain the support of 30 ordinary members from more than 5 local parties.

  • Article: Jul 20, 2021

    Willie Rennie MSP has today said that the launch of a fraud probe into SNP donations shows the need for an independent Director of Public Prosecutions, separate from the Lord Advocate's role as the Scottish Government's chief law officer.

    Last week Police Scotland confirmed that it launched a fraud investigation after a series of complaints over donations made to the SNP.

  • Article: Jul 18, 2021

    Scottish Liberal Democrat education spokesperson Beatrice Wishart MSP has today warned that a "negligent" Scottish Government has allowed pupils to fall through the cracks as she revealed that more than 4,000 digital devices to enable home learning still hadn't been distributed to pupils a year after the pandemic struck.

  • Article: Jul 16, 2021

    North East Fife MP Wendy Chamberlain and a cross-party group of 76 MPs and Peers have called on the Chancellor of the Exchequer to extend the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme until March 2022, to protect jobs in the aviation, travel, and tourism sectors.

    The call from the All-Party Parliamentary Group for the Future of Aviation, follows figures released by the Office for National Statistics that showed that 57% of passenger air transport employees remain on furlough alongside 51% for travel agency and tour operator activities.

  • Article: Jul 15, 2021

    Responding to news today, Thursday, that air traffic controllers working at airports across the Highlands and Islands are to stage a one-day strike on July 29, Orkney's MSP, Liam McArthur, commented:

    "This is bad news given the inevitable disruption any strike action will have on our lifeline air services. These are services that have already been badly affected by the pandemic, so this is the last thing that is needed.

  • Article: Jul 15, 2021

    An Audit Scotland report published today notes that the Scottish Government has yet to achieve its objective of ensuring that people convicted of criminal offences increasingly receive community-based sentences instead of going to prison, despite legislation being in place since 2016.

    Responding to the report, Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Liam McArthur MSP said:

  • Article: Jul 14, 2021

    New figures published today by Public Health Scotland show Test and Protect was under greater strain than previously thought, as revised figures show that at one point almost half of contacts were waiting more than 48 hours to be interviewed.

    Figures published last week indicated that in the week ending 4 July 37.3% of cases waited more than 48 hours between a case being logged and an individual being interviewed. The revised figure published today put this figure at 48.9%.

  • Article: Jul 14, 2021

    Federal Conference Committee met via Zoom call on Saturday, 10 July for the agenda selection for our Autumn Conference 2021. The meeting was a lengthy one, which was in part due to the large selection of motions received.

    A few announcements before the report; as you may be aware Geoff Payne, departed the FCC in early May, and I am delighted to have been elected the new Chair of FCC. All of us wish Geoff the very best for the future. A recount was held for the vacant place on the Committee, and I am delighted that Keith Melton has joined as our new member of the Federal Conference Committee. Chris Adams has also been elected in the vacant Vice-Chair position and will take responsibility for the General Purposes Sub Committee.

  • Article: Jul 13, 2021

    Scottish Liberal Democrat education spokesperson Beatrice Wishart MSP has today questioned the First Minister about the teachers left without a job, ahead of the new term start.

    Casual contracts for teachers mean there are thousands of teachers who cannot secure mortgages or make other long-term commitments. Many have no job offer for the new term, forcing them to leave the profession to earn a living.

  • Article: Jul 13, 2021

    Scottish Liberal Democrat Willie Rennie has today pressed the First Minister on the necessary and urgent needed changes on isolation processes for key workers.

    Mr Rennie said:

    "The three code blacks issued by our hospitals in the last week means long awaited operations have been cancelled. Other essential services like pharmacies are closed, and bins are not collected. Social care has been impacted too. It's in large part because thousands of key workers are self-isolating even though they tested negative. I support the call from a Royal College for a test and release system so these people can return to work."