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  • Article: Apr 26, 2018

    Responding to the latest comments from the Health Secretary and the prospect of a no confidence vote, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie said:

    "Liberal Democrats have provided a mountain of ideas to improve the NHS but the problem is that Shona Robison isn't listening. If she had listened to us on mental health services, GPs, targets and social care she might not be facing calls to resign today.

  • Article: Apr 26, 2018

    Commenting as the Scottish Parliament passes the Social Security Bill, Scottish Liberal Democrat social security spokesperson Caron Lindsay said:

    "Scottish Liberal Democrats were delighted to play a part in delivering new social security powers for Scotland, worth over £3 billion.

    "The Scottish Government must now use these powers to tackle inequality and poverty and give everyone the chance to get on in life. People need to feel that they are treated with dignity and respect and that the organisations supporting them have confidence in the system. This is the measure against which they must now be judged and there can be no hiding from it.

  • Article: Apr 25, 2018

    Commenting ahead of the Scottish Parliament approving a minimum price per unit of alcohol of 50p, with the measure coming into force next week, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie said:

    "Decades of low alcohol prices have taken their toll on Scotland. While this legislation will help to discourage the misuse of alcohol, inflation eroded the value of the original minimum price during the years that this policy has been caught up in the courts.

  • Article: Apr 25, 2018

    Responding to the Welsh Government's statement that it has an agreement with the UK Government over EU withdrawal, Scottish Liberal Democrat Europe spokesperson Tavish Scott MSP said:

    "The Scottish Brexit minister Mike Russell knew that the Welsh Government had reached an agreement with the UK government yet refused to answer questions on why the Scottish and Welsh governments had diverged.

  • Article: Apr 25, 2018

    Upskirting is the act of taking a photo up a woman's skirt without her consent.

    In 2009 it was made illegal in Scotland but shockingly it remains legal in England and Wales.

    Authorities can ask a perpetrator to delete the photo but under current law no further prosecution is possible.

    Police have managed to prosecute some people for upskirting for outraging public decency. But this is patently absurd as it should not matter how public it was or who else saw it. This also ignores the fact this is a crime with a victim.

  • Article: Apr 25, 2018

    Mike Rumbles MSP has today written to the Cabinet Secretary for the Rural Economy, calling for a full Scottish Government inquiry into the economic impact for rural communities caused by three years of delayed Common Agricultural farm payments.

    The North East MSP and Scottish Liberal Democrat rural affairs spokesperson noted 'substantial levels of concern and instability in the industry' and the extra cost to Scottish taxpayers since 2015, following the failure of the Scottish Government's £178 million IT system, designed to deliver farm payments.

  • Article: Apr 24, 2018

    Responding to Scottish Brexit Minister Mike Russell's statement to the Scottish Parliament on negotiations with the UK Government, Scottish Liberal Democrat Europe spokesperson Tavish Scott MSP said:

    "It appears that the Scottish Government have now departed from their Welsh counterparts in reaching an agreement that is badly needed.

  • Article: Apr 24, 2018

    Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has today warned that clinical staff are "increasingly looking for an early exit" as he revealed that the number of staff retiring has more than doubled since 2010/11.

    In response to a written question from Mr Cole-Hamilton, the Health Secretary revealed that the number of NHS clinical staff who have taken early retirement or accessed their patient early has risen from 358 in 2010-11 to 730 in 2017/18. In crisis hit NHS Tayside, the number has tripled.

  • Article: Apr 24, 2018

    Responding to claims made by the Deputy Chief Executive of NHS Lothian, Jim Crombie, in the Health and Sport Committee this morning that the health board requires £31m to return services to 2017 levels, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP said:

    "The troubles with NHS Tayside, and now with NHS Lothian, show the clear strains on the system. Staff are working around the clock but they aren't getting anywhere near the support and resources they need.

  • Article: Apr 24, 2018

    Liberal Democrat leader Sir Vince Cable has used an address to the Scottish Liberal Democrat spring conference in Aviemore on Saturday 21st April to warn that the Government's Brexit deal is unravelling and call on the SNP to do the right thing and choose the national interest over the narrow interests of her party.