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  • Article: Nov 21, 2017

    The Liberal Democrats said the figures showed Michael Gove "needs to get his own house in order," after he vowed yesterday to tackle plastic pollution.

    516,000 disposable coffee cups have been purchased by DEFRA's catering and facilities providers in the last year alone, for use in restaurants and cafés across the Department's offices.

  • Article: Nov 21, 2017

    Responding to the results of a Scottish Police Federation Survey of its members on safety and protective equipment, which showed support for officers accessing handguns, Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Liam McArthur MSP said:

    "It is essential the police feel secure and properly supported by their armed colleagues. Any move towards routinely arming officers with handguns, however, would be disproportionate and contrary to the principle of policing by consent.

  • Article: Nov 21, 2017

    Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has today stressed the importance of swiftly introducing minimum unit pricing as part of a new push to win Scotland's battle with the bottle as new figures showed alcohol-related hospital stays rose for the third year in a row.

    New figures published by ISD Scotland show that there were almost 36,235 alcohol-related inpatient hospital admissions in 2016/17 - an increase of 2.4%.

  • Article: Nov 21, 2017

    Responding to the news that spending on GPs is unchanged in real terms and as a proportion of total NHS spending since 2012/13, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP commented:

    "The underfunding of GPs by the SNP has contributed to the current crisis. There is no sign here of the funding boost promised by the First Minister last year.

  • Article: Nov 21, 2017

    Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP today said long waits in A&E are unacceptable as new figures revealed that the 4 hour waiting time target was missed for almost 1800 patients.

    This week's figures from ISD Scotland also show the highest number of patients waiting over 12 hours since March and that NHS Lothian has recorded its worst A&E performance for more than a year.

  • Article: Nov 20, 2017

    Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Liam McArthur MSP has called for an emergency statement at Parliament after it was claimed today that children in Govanhill are being sexually exploited.

    The Times has reported children being sold for sex by their parents and relatives in the south of Glasgow. It says specialist agencies, social workers, community representatives and residents have all expressed concerns.

  • Article: Nov 20, 2017

    Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie has today written to the First Minister to request that she set out what steps she will now take to reassure European partners in the wake of her predecessor taking up a role for the Kremlin-backed RT.

    Mr Rennie said:

    "The Estonian Ambassador has told a Scottish Parliament committee that RT is Kremlin-backed propaganda. To see a former First Minister directly attached to an organisation which promotes Putin's destabilisation agenda and which has been complicit in the cover up of events from human rights breaches to the Russian invasion of Crimea will be deeply worrying to our European partners.

  • Article: Nov 20, 2017

    Responding to reports in the Sunday Herald that the Scottish Government are considering plans to give students a guaranteed income of £8000, Scottish Liberal Democrat education spokesperson Tavish Scott MSP said:

    "The SNP have been in power for a decade. They promised to end student debt and have done the opposite.

    "Young people from disadvantaged backgrounds are worse off in Scotland than England.

    "So whatever is announced can only be an improvement on this lamentable record."

  • Article: Nov 16, 2017

    Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has today led a Scottish Parliament debate on tackling the taboo around incontinence. To highlight the issue, Mr Cole-Hamilton has teamed up with campaigner, physiotherapist and comedian Elaine Miller to bust the stigma around incontinence and call for a nationwide strategy to tackle the issue.

  • Article: Nov 16, 2017

    Liberal Democrat Scotland spokesperson and Edinburgh West MP Christine Jardine has won assurances from the UK Government that vulnerable women asylum-seekers will be treated with justice and dignity.

    Ms Jardine, who met asylum female seekers to hear about their issues during a visit to Red Cross Scotland, had pressed the Home Office for assurances in a written question.