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  • Article: Oct 23, 2017

    Scottish Liberal Democrat rural affairs spokesperson Mike Rumbles MSP today highlighted that there would be no need for the Scottish Government's quarter of a billion pound loan scheme were it not for the SNP botching the EU farm payments systems.

    His comments come as Rural Economy Secretary Fergus Ewing announced a £254 million loan program to help farmers to bridge the gap caused by the collapse of the the government's payment handling and IT system. This is the third year such a scheme has had to be put in place.

  • Article: Oct 23, 2017

    Responding to the Sunday Herald revelations about the Edinburgh Festival and Celtic Connections, Edinburgh West MP, Scottish spokesperson and party culture spokesperson in the House of Commons Christine Jardine said:

    "This is another example of the catastrophic impact Brexit will have. Events such as these bring hundreds of thousands of tourists and millions of pounds into the Scottish economy.

  • Article: Oct 23, 2017

    Responding to reports in the Sunday Post highlighting soaring homelessness, Scottish Liberal Democrat housing spokesperson and inequalities campaigner Caron Lindsay said:

    "Homelessness destroys people's lives and it is a national scandal that so many lives are in crisis. The disruption, insecurity and stress that this causes is immense.

  • Article: Oct 20, 2017

    "The Prime Minister cannot say one thing in Brussels and another in Britain. She needs to face down the right-wing Brexiteers in her party in order to guarantee the talks actually move forward. Above all she still needs to protect citizens' rights to ensure they are not a casualty of a no-deal Brexit, and the European Union must also do more to make this happen.

  • Article: Oct 20, 2017

    Scottish Liberal Democrat economy spokesperson Carolyn Caddick has today warned that a Scottish National Investment Bank must have the support and resources to "pack a punch" after the failure of previous SNP economic initiatives to have an impact.

    The First Minister today launched a public consultation on the details of the bank's operation.

  • Wera Hobhouse (Chris McAndrew [CC BY 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons)
    Article: Oct 19, 2017

    • Local authorities in England recorded 1,002,154 cases of fly-tipping in 2016-17, up 7% on the previous year. This is equivalent to 114 every hour.

    • The estimated cost to the taxpayer for clearing up fly-tipping was £58 million, up 16% on the previous year

    • The number of prosecutions for fly-tipping fell by a quarter to 1,602, compared to 2,135 the previous year

  • Layla Moran (Chris McAndrew [CC BY 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons)
    Article: Oct 19, 2017

    • 83 of 150 local authorities in England will see per pupil funding fall in in real terms during 2017-18, i.e. once inflation is taken into account.

    • England as a whole will see spending per spending per pupil fall by £29 (0.65%) in real terms.

    • Local authorities with some of the worst school results in England, including Blackpool, the Isle of Wight and Poole, will be hardest hit by the funding cuts

    • The South East will see the largest real-terms fall, with funding per pupil falling by £131 (3%.)

  • Ed Davey (Chris McAndrew [CC BY 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons)
    Article: Oct 19, 2017

    Knife crime was up 26% year-on-year, while overall crimes increased by 13%.

    Commenting on the reported rise in violent crime, Ed Davey, Liberal Democrat Home Affairs Spokesperson, said:

    "People's lives are under threat because Theresa May is failing to back Britain's police.

    "These increases in violent crime are frightening and it ought to be government's first priority to protect the public. Yet with her police cuts, Theresa May has gone soft on crime and is letting the country down.

    "Theresa May was the Home Secretary for six years: she ought to understand the needs of the police. Instead, she has left them out in the cold."

  • Vince Cable (Chris McAndrew [CC BY 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons)
    Article: Oct 19, 2017

    Meanwhile, prices in the shops increased by 3.3% compared to last year, the largest annual rise since March 2012.

    Liberal Democrat Leader Vince Cable commented:

    "This fall in retail sales shows shoppers across Britain are feeling the Brexit squeeze.

    "A toxic combination of rising prices and stagnant wages is severely constraining household spending.

    "Year on year retail growth is also looking weak compared to previous years.

    "Given the UK's unhealthy over-reliance on consumer spending, the government must clarify where future economic growth is going to come from."

  • Tom Brake (By Chris McAndrew - https://api20170418155059.azure-api.net/photo/bhDYT87s.jpeg?crop=CU_1:1&quality=80&download=trueGallery: https://beta.parliament.uk/media/bhDYT87s, CC BY 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=61321850)
    Article: Oct 19, 2017

    "Labour's Brexit blank cheque was cashed in by Theresa May six months ago, after Labour MPs were ordered to vote through Article 50 with no conditions.

    "Today is a chance for Labour to announce to EU leaders they will now fight to stay in the single market and customs union, and support a referendum on the deal.