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  • Article: Feb 22, 2017

    Commenting on the announcement from the BBC today on the creation of a new BBC Scotland channel, Scottish Liberal Democrat culture spokesperson Cllr Eileen McCartin said:

    "The BBC is one of the finest institutions in the UK and has injected news, entertainment and culture to living rooms across the UK for decades.

  • Article: Feb 22, 2017

    Scottish Liberal Democrat transport spokesperson Mike Rumbles MSP today said the reduction in bus use under the SNP has been "dramatic", after new figures showed it has fallen by 80 million journeys a year.

    Figures published today by Transport Scotland showed the number of bus journeys has fallen from "a peak" of 487 million in 2007-08, when Liberal Democrats left government, to 409 million in 2015-16.

    Commenting Mr Rumbles said:

  • Article: Feb 22, 2017

    Responding to new UK growth figures released today, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie MSP said that a fall in business investment is yet another sign that Brexit is bad for business.

    Mr Rennie said:

    "These new figures shows that while the Conservatives are hell bent on taking Britain out of the European Union, businesses are under severe pressure.

  • Article: Feb 22, 2017

    Responding to the Scottish Conservatives' environment announcement, Scottish Liberal Democrat energy spokesperson Liam McArthur MSP said:

    "The Tories are about as eco-friendly as a dustbin fire.

    "Under the Coalition Government, Britain's renewable power capacity trebled, with over £40bn invested into onshore and offshore wind farms, solar and biomass. Yet, as soon as they got a majority on their own, the Tories made sweeping cuts in renewables. They are doing massive damage to our ability to build a greener, more sustainable future.

  • Article: Feb 22, 2017

    North East MSP Mike Rumbles has called on Scottish Ministers to think again over their support for Part 5 of the UK Government's Digital Economy Bill, that will allow government to share personal data on individuals.

    The Bill, that has been widely criticised in the media, will be put before the Scottish Parliament tomorrow and MSPs will vote on a Legislative Consent Memorandum which if it passes will give the UK Government the green light to proceed.

  • Article: Feb 21, 2017

    Responding to this afternoon's statement by the Finance Secretary on support for business and the economy, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie MSP said:

    "Finally the Scottish Government has realised the seriousness of the problems facing businesses across Scotland. In 2010 the SNP and Conservatives voted down a cap of 12.5% at the last revaluation, so I welcome their change of heart this time.

  • Article: Feb 21, 2017

    Commenting as new figures showed the first rise in a decade in the mortality rates for heart disease and cerebrovascular disease (of which a stroke is the most common form), Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP said:

    "We can't allow the progress that we have seen in tackling heart disease and strokes to slide.

  • Article: Feb 21, 2017

    Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Liam McArthur MSP has voiced concerns in light of new statistics that show courts ignore expert social work recommendations in two thirds of cases when handing down custodial sentences.

    National Statistics released today show that, despite social workers' reports recommending custodial sentences in just 5% of cases, custodial sentences accounted for 17% of report outcomes in 2015/16.

  • Article: Feb 21, 2017

    Speaking ahead of today's Scottish Parliament debate on the Scottish Rates Resolution, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie MSP said

    "Scottish Liberal Democrats will make the strong case for modest tax rises to boost the economy. We want a modest penny on income tax to invest £500 million in education but also investment in mental health and our police service. That's what we put forward and held firm on during the budget negotiations.

  • Article: Feb 20, 2017

    In his address to the David Hume Institute this evening, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie MSP will say that the SNP would do anything for independence, including betraying those that voted remain in the EU referendum.

    Mr Rennie will point to the changing rhetoric of the SNP over EU membership, demonstrating that they are only using the Brexit vote to further their own nationalist cause which would leave an independent Scotland outside the EU.