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  • Article: Feb 27, 2020

    Following the publication of the Government's Brexit negotiating strategy this morning, Scottish Liberal Democrat Education spokesperson Beatrice Wishart MSP has warned that abandoning the Erasmus scheme will be a disaster for Scottish students and universities.

    Section 21 of the document reveals that the UK will "consider options for participation in elements of Erasmus+ [after 2021] on a time-limited basis, providing the terms are in the UK's interests."

    This suggests that the UK may seek looser membership of Erasmus as a 'partner country', which would mean less funding for British universities and colleges to offer student and staff exchanges. Instead, they would be reliant on their partners in EU member states to manage projects and funding on their behalf.

    Universities have warned that partner country status will mean fewer opportunities to study abroad, higher costs, less influence over the future of the programme and a possible cap on the number of students who are able to take part.

    Beatrice Wishart said:

    "This will be a disaster for Scottish students and universities.

  • Article: Feb 27, 2020

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  • Article: Feb 27, 2020

    Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Liam McArthur MSP has repeated his calls for the Justice Secretary to commission an independent review of Scottish policing. This follows comments made by former Scottish Police Authority chair, Prof Susan Deacon during an appearance before the Scottish Parliament's Public Audit Committee this morning.

  • Article: Feb 27, 2020

    Responding to Police and Crime Minister, Kit Malthouse's comments on drug consumption rooms on Good Morning Scotland today, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP said:

    "Drug consumption rooms aren't a distraction they are a serious solution to a drug death crisis.

    "The UK Government's refusal to even trial the clinics is arrogant and short-sighted. If it's serious about reversing the horrendous wave of drug deaths then every viable solution must be on the table.

  • Article: Feb 26, 2020

    Commenting on the budget deal announced between the SNP and the Green Party, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie said

    "Just like last year and the year before the Greens have capitulated to the SNP Government, conceding their headline demands yet again.

    "This budget leaves the police with a shortfall of tens of millions of pounds and the hard-pressed service with real problems.

  • Article: Feb 26, 2020

    Figures published by Transport Scotland today show that the amount of people cycling, walking and using buses as a share of all journeys made in Scotland, has continued to decline. Meanwhile the share of people choosing to travel by car or plane has increased year on year.

    The total number of journeys made by bus fell to 380 million for the first time, in 2018. It is also very unlikely that the Scottish Government will reach its target to increase the number of journeys made by bicycle to 10% by 2020. The present share of journeys made by bicycle is stagnant at 1.4%.

  • Article: Feb 26, 2020

    Commenting on the publication of the remit for the review of curriculum for excellence, Scottish Liberal Democrat education spokesperson Beatrice Wishart MSP said:

    "A proper review of Curriculum for Excellence is long overdue. However this review must not be used as an excuse to ignore falling attainment and pin the blame on local authorities.

  • Article: Feb 26, 2020

    We're a party of community, kindness and liberal values.

    We want to make sure everyone out there knows they are welcome

    We want to make sure everyone out there knows they are welcome. All members deserve to feel welcome throughout their membership journey. That's why we're launching a diversity & inclusion survey today.

  • Article: Feb 26, 2020

    During the 2016 referendum campaign, Boris Johnson, Priti Patel and Michael Gove issued a joint statement promising to automatically guarantee the rights of EU citizens.

    They declared: "There will be no change for EU citizens already lawfully resident in the UK. These EU citizens will automatically be granted indefinite leave to remain in the UK and will be treated no less favourably than they are at present."

  • Article: Feb 25, 2020

    Responding to the news that the First Minister's legally-binding Treatment Time Guarantee law has now been broken 272,293 times, with the 12 week standard only being achieved for 71.9% of patients in the quarter ending 31 December 2019, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP commented: