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  • Article: Feb 21, 2018

    Scots Tories pushing hard right Brexit agenda

    Scots Tories who signed hard-right list of Brexit demands are showing contempt for their constituents economic well-being, according to Lib Dem Scottish Affairs spokesperson Christine Jardine MP.

    The Edinburgh West MP's comments follow news that three Scottish Conservative MPs have signed the European Research Group's list of demands.

  • Article: Feb 21, 2018

    Lindsay calls for high quality breastfeeding support to reduce health inequalities.

    Responding to the publication of the Scottish Maternal and Infant Nutrition Survey 2017, which reveals that women from deprived backgrounds are the least likely to breastfeed, Liberal Democrat equalities spokesperson Caron Lindsay, who was a breastfeeding counsellor, said:

  • Article: Feb 21, 2018

    Responding to new figures released today showing unemployment up 14,000 and employment down 20,000, Scottish Liberal Democrat economy spokesperson Councillor Carolyn Caddick said:

    "These figures are truly horrible. Lost jobs are affecting tens of thousands of people.

    "The overall measures are now worse than for the UK as a whole. All the previous boasts of Scottish ministers have come undone.

  • The union flag flying next to the EU flag.
    Article: Feb 21, 2018

    It is bizarre that the government was so hasty in its invocation of Article 50, but is now scrambling for extra time in transition due to the scale of the task ahead.

    The government is arbitrarily pushing for us to leave the EU on 29 March 2019, at which point it follows that the UK will no longer have a veto over new EU legislation.

  • Article: Feb 20, 2018

    Responding to reports that the merger of British Transport Police into Police Scotland is to be delayed, Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Liam McArthur MSP said:

    "Inexcusably, SNP ministers failed to do the basic work to identify and plan for the risks and implications of their latest centralisation. Instead, they landed the joint board with the task of implementing this policy at any cost. It didn't take long for those left to conduct the merger to deliver their verdict.

  • Article: Feb 20, 2018

    Speaking ahead of tomorrow's Stage 3 vote on the budget, Scottish Liberal Democrat Leader Willie Rennie said:

    "This budget is a missed opportunity. It fails to invest the necessary funds to transform education and make a step change in mental health services. Without the investment required we cannot give the budget our full support.

  • Article: Feb 20, 2018

    A hard Brexit will damage this thriving and flourishing industry. A recent study from the Creative Industries Federation (CIF) fears that restriction of freedom of movement may deter high-quality talent, hurting the UK economy overall. Additionally, the British Retail Consortium have estimated that around 10,200 EU nationals were employed in UK retail, with the UK Fashion and Textile Association stating that 70% of all London fashion factory workers are from the EU. Towards the end of last year, a survey revealed that 56% of all EU retail workers are worried about their ability to reside in the UK in the future.

  • Article: Feb 20, 2018

    Commenting on new A&E statistics showing recent progress has reversed and performance against the 4-hour waiting time target has fallen back below 90%, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP said:

    "It's discouraging to see A&E waiting times rising once again, just when things were starting to improve.

  • Article: Feb 19, 2018

    Commenting on ScotRail receiving record fines of £3million, Scottish Liberal Democrat transport spokesperson Mike Rumbles MSP said:

    "Far too often, passengers are enduring trains that are late, standing room only, have been stripped of carriages, lacking heating or skipping stops.

    "Last year the Scottish Government used the money from fines for a sweetener for pass holders, when it was supposed to be used to improve infrastructure and services.

  • Eight schoolchildren working at a table supervised by a teacher.
    Article: Feb 19, 2018

    In interviews with The Sunday Times and Andrew Marr, new Education Secretary Damian Hinds signalled he would encourage restrictions on pupils' rights to sex education.

    In the former interview, he is reported to have acknowledged he was reversing the policy of his predecessor, Justine Greening.

    Hinds also failed to commit to the reintroduction of maintenance grants for students from the most disadvantaged backgrounds as part of a review of the university system.

    The sexual harassment and intimidation scandals - and the resulting need for the #metoo movement - and the shocking rise in homophobic and transphobic attacks are just some of the reasons why compulsory sex education is vital.

    The new Education Secretary should be pushing for all children to have age-appropriate sex education, not trying to encourage the use of opt-outs that could result in young people struggling to understand the sexual rights of themselves and others.