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  • Article: Jun 19, 2018

    Responding to the news that Ineos has lost its legal challenge against the Scottish Government, Scottish Liberal Democrat energy spokesman Liam McArthur MSP said:

    "There will be relief that this legal challenge proved unsuccessful but communities at risk of being fracked will have been unimpressed to see Scottish Government spin laid bare.

  • Article: Jun 19, 2018

    Commenting on the annual homelessness statistics released today, showing the first increase in applications in nine years and a 9% increase in children in temporary accommodation, Scottish Liberal Democrat MSP Alex Cole-Hamilton said:

    "The SNP Government can't ignore the fact that the number of children in temporary accommodation has increased 59% since 2014. On any given day, there are now around 2,500 more children lacking the stability of a home to call their own. That is heartbreaking and the upset and disruption it causes can have a real impact on a child's development.

  • Article: Jun 19, 2018

    Scottish Liberal Democrat MP Christine Jardine has today called for medicinal cannabis products to be made available to those who need them as Home Secretary Sajid Javid today confirmed that the Government will review the scheduling of cannabis for medicinal use.

    Ms Jardine has been campaigning on behalf of her constituent Murray Gray, who is seeking access to cannabis based treatments for seizures. She has secured commitments from Nick Hurd MP, the Home Office Minister, to meet her to discuss the case.

  • Article: Jun 19, 2018

    Scottish Liberal Democrat MSP Tavish Scott had today called for private sector companies which deliver public sector services to be subject to Freedom of Information requests, saying that firms with a crucial role in supplying the basic infrastructure of the country must be accountable to the public.

  • Article: Jun 19, 2018

    Alistair Carmichael, MP for Orkney and Shetland, has today criticised both the Conservatives and the SNP for their approach to the Sewel Convention, as Scottish MPs debate devolution and EU withdrawal.

    Mr Carmichael said:

    "The Conservatives must accept that any shared framework cannot involve the UK Government simply dictating terms. It must be a shared process with joint buy in, and the burden of proof is on them to build trust and show how this might work. There is, however, also a burden on the SNP to put aside their political posturing and find a deal that works for Scotland rather than storming off in a huff.

  • Article: Jun 19, 2018

    Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP today said patients were being left in pain after new figures showed just half of patients were seen within the NHS physio waiting time target.

    Only 52.7% of the 67,176 patients who had a first clinical appointment with musculoskeletal (MSK) services during the quarter ending 31 March 2018 were seen within 4 weeks. The target is to achieve this for 90% of patients.

  • Article: Jun 18, 2018

    Scottish Liberal Democrat education spokesperson Tavish Scott MSP has today called on the Scottish Government to improve diversity across the teaching profession as a new report revealed the "chronic" underrepresentation of BME communities in Scotland's schools.

    The report from the Coalition for Racial Equality and Rights published today states:

  • Article: Jun 18, 2018

    Liberal Democrat Scottish Affairs spokesperson Christine Jardine MP has called on the Conservatives and the SNP to come together to form a new and lasting dispute resolution mechanism as Scottish MPs gear up for a parliamentary debate on devolution and the Sewel convention.

    Speaking ahead of the debate, Ms Jardine said:

  • Article: Jun 18, 2018

    Liberal Democrat MP Christine Jardine has today called for the Home Secretary to make medicinal cannabis based products available to those who need them following reports Billy Caldwell will be given back cannabis oil that was previously confiscated.

    Ms Jardine has been campaigning on behalf of her constituent Murray Gray, who is also seeking access to cannabis based treatments for seizures.

    Christine Jardine said:

    "Sajid Javid has done the right thing for a young boy enduring unimaginable pain.

    "These treatments can have enormous benefits for patients like Billy Caldwell and my constituent Murray Gray.

    "The Home Secretary should now take common sense steps to ensure that these treatments are available for all those patients who could benefit from them."

  • Article: Jun 17, 2018

    To make matters worse Jeremy Corbyn's Labour party is still cowering behind the sofa rather than being a real opposition.

    If there was ever a time for the people to stand up and demand to be listened to it is now - and they are.

    23rd June is the second anniversary of the European referendum Leavers lied about having a plan and it's now clear that there is no plan for our exit. It's costing us all money, jobs, damaging the NHS and the future for peace and security for our young.