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  • Article: Jan 22, 2019

    New analysis from Which? has today revealed that several of Scotland's rural and island local authorities remain at the bottom of the table for internet speeds, including Orkney, Shetland and Argyll and Bute.

    Orkney has an average speed of just 3mbps - the worst in the UK. Meanwhile, Shetland averages 6.7mbps (the third worst), followed by Argyll and Bute (7mbps), Moray (7.1mbps), Highland (8.9), Borders (9.3), and Aberdeenshire and Perth & Kinross (both 10.1mbps)

  • Article: Jan 21, 2019

    On "Blue Monday" Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton has called for non-departmental public bodies such as Skills Development Scotland and Scottish Enterprise to record staff absences due to mental ill health, as part of a new push to boost mental health in the workplace.

  • Article: Jan 21, 2019

    Responding to a series of comments from senior nationalist politicians calling for moves towards a second independence referendum, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie said:

    "It's cynical in the extreme for senior nationalists to stoke the fires of independence to distract attention away from the crises elsewhere in the SNP.

  • Article: Jan 21, 2019

    Last Tuesday night Theresa May lost the vote on her Brexit deal by 432 votes to 202. It's the biggest defeat by a Prime Minister in Commons history.

    The next day, Jeremy Corbyn called a no-confidence vote in the Government. It failed.

    Now, Theresa May wants MPs to vote on a deal that's barely different to the one we already rejected.

  • Article: Jan 21, 2019

    Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie has today called for Article 50 to be extended and for the Government to commit to a People's Vote.

    Mr Rennie said:

    "Parliament has spoken and Theresa May's deal is dead. A no deal Brexit would be devastating, with British exports snarled up in bureaucratic form filling and potentially shortages of food and medicine.

  • Article: Jan 18, 2019

    What times we live in. The SODEM team led by Steve have been outside my office with their cries of "Stop Brexit!" for the last two and a half years and earlier this week we came closer to doing that very thing. The vote was the biggest loss by a government ever and you, our members, contributed to that immensely. Each and every time we've asked you to get involved in the Brexit campaign over those last two and a half years you've stepped up to the plate and exceeded expectations. When the history of Brexit is written (if Tim Shipman isn't already writing it!) the Liberal Democrats will be at the heart of it as having led the way from start to finish for a people's vote and that's because of YOU.

  • Article: Jan 18, 2019

    Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Liam McArthur MSP has today revealed figures indicating that the equivalent of 24 operational appliances are on average unavailable to the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) due to staffing.

    A freedom of information request from the Scottish Liberal Democrats to the SFRS revealed that across Scotland appliances were "unavailable due to staffing on an average of 3.83% of the time" across a 12 month period. This increases to 4.72% of the time across stations in the East service delivery area.

  • Article: Jan 18, 2019

    Responding to the Scottish Government's announcement that a leading Consultant child and adolescent psychiatrist will oversee the independent expert review of mental health and wellbeing support for young people in custody, Scottish Liberal Democrats justice spokesperson Liam McArthur MSP said:

    "Authorities urgently need to get to the bottom of what has happened at Polmont in particular but also establish how to stop the loss of more young lives in future.

  • Article: Jan 17, 2019

    Responding to the publication of the Cross Party Group on Cancer's review of the Scottish Government's five year plan, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP said:

    "This report raises some really alarming questions about the future of cancer care in Scotland.

    "Vacancies jeopardise the quality of care and put unnecessary stress on remaining staff. This is a direct result of years of SNP mismanagement of workforce planning.

  • Article: Jan 17, 2019

    All 11 Lib Dem MPs voted against this shambolic Conservative Government in last night's vote of no confidence.

    In the aftermath, Theresa May invited me to discuss the next steps. I accepted, but in our discussion, I was clear.

    There will be no progress until no deal is off the table. We won't vote for this needlessly destructive Brexit. We need a people's vote.