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  • Article: Aug 18, 2017

    Vince Cable has today branded the Government's sale of the Green Investment Bank (GIB), which was completed today, as "environmentally irresponsible."

    The Government confirmed today Macquarie Group Limited has now completed its purchase of the GIB for £2.3bn, and which will now be known as the Green Investment Group (GIG). The bank is headquartered in Edinburgh.

    The Liberal Democrat Leader, who launched the Bank in 2012 during his time as Business Secretary, warned its environmental mission is now "in danger of disappearing" and called for Parliament to ensure commitments to protect green investment in the UK are kept.

  • Article: Aug 18, 2017

    The Government's sale of the Green Investment Bank (GIB), which was completed today, is environmentally irresponsible.

    The Government confirmed today Macquarie Group Limited has now completed its purchase of the GIB for £2.3bn, which will now be known as the Green Investment Group (GIG).

    I launched the Bank in 2012, during my time as Business Secretary. Its environmental mission is now in danger of disappearing, I am calling for Parliament to ensure commitments to protect green investment in the UK are kept.

  • Article: Aug 18, 2017

    Responding to the announcement of funding to allow doctors in Shetland to pilot training for forensic medical examination services for victims of sexual crime,Shetland MSP Tavish Scott said:

    "I have pressed both the Justice Secretary and the First Minister for some time over the plight of women in the Northern Isles who are forced to travel to Aberdeen for examination so this announcement is a step in the right direction and I am very supportive of the Justice Minister responding to a clear need and making this happen.

  • Article: Aug 17, 2017

    Over the summer, we heard that Philip Hammond was courageously fighting off the more extreme Brexiteers. Supposedly he was looking for a compromise to keep Britain within the customs union and single market as long as possible.

    The rebellion didn't last very long. He has now teamed up with one of the more extreme and ideological supporters of a 'Hard Brexit.

    It is now painfully clear who calls the shots in the Cabinet; it isnt' the Chancellor.

  • Article: Aug 17, 2017

    Commenting after former Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill suggested the focus on winning the independence referendum may have deterred the SNP Government from pursuing drug policy reforms, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP commented:

    "Everybody knows the government took their eye off the ball during the independence referendum. The damaging legacy of that can be seen in our schools and our hospitals.

  • Article: Aug 17, 2017

    Ministers have privately admitted that the government may not start negotiating Britain's future trade relationship with the EU until the end of the year, it emerged today.

    This comes despite David Davis insisting back in May that talks on a future trade agreement would take place in parallel with negotiation over the UK's withdrawal from the EU.

  • Article: Aug 17, 2017

    Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP today said the soaring number of children being prescribed antidepressants demands a step change in mental health services and investment.

    A BBC Scotland investigation has found that the number of children aged under 18 given antidepressants has doubled since 2009/10. This sharp increase raises the question of whether these drugs are plugging the gap in child mental health services.

  • Article: Aug 17, 2017

    The number of patients suffering the indignity of staying in mixed-sex wards soared to 908 in July 2017, more than double the number in the same month last year.

    In total over 9,000 patients were put in a mixed sex ward over the last year, up 55% from the previous year.

    The figures come after a recent official survey found NHS patients are increasingly dissatisfied with levels of privacy, dignity and well-being in hospital.

    The Liberal Democrats have called on Theresa May to recommit to ending mixed-sex hospital wards, after the Conservative Party's longstanding pledge to end the practice was dropped from its 2017 Manifesto.

    Under Theresa May's watch, we've seen a scandalous rise in the number of patients being forced to stay in mixed-sex wards.

    Men and women shouldn't have to share hospital wards, it's an affront to basic human dignity.

    It's time to end the the continued underfunding of the NHS and care that is putting intolerable pressure on services and leading to these sorts of failures.

    The Conservatives once pledged to end mixed-sex wards, now it seems they've given up.

  • Article: Aug 17, 2017

    Scottish Liberal Democrat energy spokesperson Liam McArthur MSP today urged the Scottish Government to host a summit with Scotland's local authorities to agree actions to tackle climate change.

    Pointing to the latest official greenhouse gas emissions statistics which recorded transport as the biggest polluter for the first time ever, Mr McArthur warned Scottish ministers must head calls to tackle stubbornly high transport emissions in the Climate Change Plan and the Climate Change Bill.

  • Article: Aug 16, 2017

    The government's plan for the Northern Ireland border after Brexit has more holes in it than a colander.

    It comes after the government admitted EU nationals will still be able to enter the UK from Ireland after Brexit under its plans.

    The government's position paper on Ireland and Northern Ireland states that "it is important to note that immigration controls are not, and never have been, solely about the ability to prevent and control entry at the UK's physical border."