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  • Article: Mar 3, 2015

    Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie has reached out to all parties to support his calls for the SNP Government's controversial super ID database plans to brought under proper scrutiny.

    In an opposition debate in Holyrood tomorrow (Wednesday March 3rd), the Scottish Liberal Democrat motion will call for the plans to be scrutinised in primary legislation.

    Currently, the super ID database proposals only requires the approval of a Holyrood committee, known as a "negative instrument". This is because plans to expand access to the database to over 120 public bodies and extend the use of a Unique Citizens Reference number are amendments to existing regulations, and not new legislation.

    The proposals have already drawn wide criticism from SCVO, the BMA, Open Rights Group, the Scottish Labour party and others.

    Speaking ahead of tomorrow's debate, Mr Rennie said:

    "I will make no bones about reaching out to all political parties to support our motion. When it comes to fundamental issues of protecting our civil liberties and building a fairer society, there can be no party line.

    "The SNP joined us in 2005 to oppose the creation of ID cards. The Conservatives supported our efforts to repeal the legislation. And Scottish Labour have supported our motion against this proposal.

    "If SNP ministers took their eye off the ball whilst the civil service created these proposals, now is the time to speak out against them. On these significant proposals, it is of real concern that we are still in the dark about the real implications of creating a single national database."

    The text of the Liberal Democrat motion is as follows:

    S4M-12491 Willie Rennie: Privacy and the State-That the Parliament notes the Scottish Government's consultation on amendments to the National Health Service Central Register (Scotland) Regulations 2006 and the concerns of privacy campaigners about those proposals; believes that these issues merit full parliamentary scrutiny, and therefore calls on the Scottish Government, if it wishes to proceed with this policy, to do so by means of primary legislation.

  • Article: Mar 3, 2015

    Liberal Democrats have set out 17 policies designed to tackle inequalities faced by Britain's ethnic minorities.

    The proposals formed under five key themes covering social and economic issues are collectively called the Liberal Democrat Race Equality Plan. They are designed to sit alongside the party's existing policies to tackle race inequalities.

  • Article: Mar 3, 2015

    Liberal Democrats have announced plans to introduce a new Green Homes Bill which would insulate up to 10 million homes by 2025.

    Under the plans set out for the next Parliament, homeowners would also be offered a Council Tax discount of at least £100 a year for ten years for making their homes greener.

  • Article: Mar 3, 2015

    Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Jim Hume MSP has called on SNP ministers to set out how they plan to tackle the crisis facing A&E units.

    The call comes as the first of weekly figures on performance against A&E waiting times was published today.

    The figures showed that in the month ending January 31st, 87 percent of attendances at A&E units were seen within four hours, against the interim target of 95 percent.

    Mr Hume said:

    "We called for A&E figures to be published on a weekly basis so SNP ministers could take quick action. These figures show SNP ministers have taken their eye off the ball, with far too many people not being seen within the target treatment time. It is particularly worrying that, in the last month alone, the number of people waiting for more than 8 hours to be seen almost doubled to 3,215 people.

  • Article: Mar 2, 2015

    Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie MSP has said that the SNP's super ID database case has been dealt a devastating blow by the UK Information Commissioner's Office (ICO), as their submission to the Scottish Government's consultation was revealed today.

    In a series of damning criticisms, the ICO warned:

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    Article: Mar 2, 2015

    Liberal Democrat Leader and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has announced £115m in funding for cycling projects across the UK.

    The money will be split between eight major cities, with each using the money to improve the safety and accessibility of their cycle routes.

    This covers:

    • £22m for Birmingham, with plans to build the infrastructure needed to double the number of cycling journeys made there by 2023.
    • £19m for Bristol, with a proposal to improve the city's cycling network and routes across urban areas and Bath.
    • £6m for Cambridge, with plans for new bridge over the River Cam, segregated cycling routes in the city and more links in South Cambridgeshire.
    • £22m for Leeds, with plans to expand its current cycle superhighway and improve links to Bradford, Huddersfield, Wakefield and York.
    • £22m for Manchester, with plans to develop more than 45km of new or improved cycle routes as phase two of its Cycle City plan.
    • £10.6m for Newcastle, intended to make it easier for cyclists to get to work from in and around the city.
    • £8.4m for Norwich, with plans to redesign 31km of key cycle routes.
    • £3.m for Oxford, intended to provide better links between the city centre and south east of the city.
  • Article: Mar 2, 2015

    Liberal Democrat Leader and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg will host a special radio show tonight (Monday 2 March) on LBC, discussing mental health care in the UK.

    Nick will be on air from 7pm for the one-off show called State of Mind.

    He will interview people with mental health conditions, clinicians, business leaders and a chief constable. He will also be taking comments and questions from callers.

  • Article: Mar 1, 2015

    Liberal Democrat Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander has announced details of a plan to raise an extra £1bn from a supplementary corporation tax charge applied to banks to help finish the job of eliminating the deficit.

    The supplementary charge will be in addition to the existing Bank Levy.

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    Article: Mar 1, 2015

    Liberal Democrats have set out plans to double the UK's production of renewable electricity by the end of the next parliament and make Britain zero carbon by 2050.

    This would end the UK's adverse impact on climate change for good.

    In government the Liberal Democrats have already more than doubled the amount of electricity from renewables.

  • Article: Feb 27, 2015

    Speaking at the Welsh Liberal Democrat Spring Conference in Cardiff, Leader of the Liberal Democrats and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has said that the Welsh NHS could benefit from up to £450m extra under his party's plans.

    Accusing the Labour party of failing to support Wales' health service, Nick argued that this extra investment can be used, amongst other things, to support Kirsty Williams' pledge to increase the number of nurses on hospital wards.