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  • Article: Nov 13, 2018

    This week is Transgender Awareness week, and if you haven't had a chance to read my blog on the importance of supporting and standing alongside our transgender friends and colleagues, you can read it here: libdems.org.uk/trans-rights-are-human-rights.

    Transgender and intersex communities are too often marginalised, and many forget that in the fight for equality, trans rights are human rights. We must, and we are, endeavouring to ensure that a vulnerable group of people are able to live as they are entitled to under our laws.

  • Article: Nov 13, 2018

    Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Liam McArthur MSP has today urged the end of "interminable waits" for fatal accident inquiries following deaths in custody, in the wake of the tragic suicides of Katie Allan and William Lindsay.

    Speaking after asking a topical question in the Scottish Parliament, Mr McArthur said:

  • Article: Nov 13, 2018

    During today's meeting of the Health Committee, which focused on the new opt-out organ donation system, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP appealed to the government to boost mental health services for organ donor recipients.

    Dr Sue Robertson, Deputy Chair of BMA Scotland, who gave evidence to the Committee, highlighted the "huge amount of pressure" on patients with a failing organ and the negative effect it has on their mental health. She confirmed there was "too little resource applied to this group of patients" and said any increase in support would be "gratefully accepted".

  • Article: Nov 13, 2018

    Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Liam McArthur MSP has today highlighted a bombshell intervention from the Police Investigations and Review Commissioner, Kate Frame, who has revealed a series of occasions in which Police Scotland wrongly categorised incidents in a manner which deterred independent scrutiny.

  • Article: Nov 12, 2018

    Scottish Liberal Democrat Leader Willie Rennie has urged the Scottish Government to investigate the board at NHS Fife, headed by former Presiding Officer Tricia Marwick, after a string of high profile departures, citing the "real risk" to the delivery of healthcare at the board.

    Commenting, Willie Rennie said:

  • Article: Nov 12, 2018

    Scottish Liberal Democrat MSP Alex Cole-Hamilton will tomorrow call for the Age of Criminal Responsibility (Scotland) Bill to raise the age to 14, arguing that 12 would still leave Scotland lagging behind international best practice.

    The age of criminal responsibility is set to rise from 8 to 12 under legislation currently progressing through the Scottish Parliament.

  • Article: Nov 12, 2018

    Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie has today called for the Scottish Government to clarify whether millions of pounds of grants awarded to Michelin, Dundee will be repaid if the company closes the plant as planned.

    Mr Rennie said:

    "Michelin have received generous grant awards from the Scottish Government's enterprise agency in recent years.

  • Article: Nov 12, 2018
    By Sal Brinton

    Across the Atlantic, Trump and his cronies are doing their very best to rewrite the definition of transgender out of existence. An agenda of social cleansing that feeds into his administration's insular and antagonistic narrative. We may like to think that Trump's views are in isolation, that his fear of difference does not seep to our shores, but it does.

  • Article: Nov 12, 2018

    Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie today demanded the Scottish Government in future tell the public when it has been duped after a firm was struck off the companies register just two years after being at the centre of a controversial Chinese deal signed by the First Minister.

    The company SINOFORTONE GROUP LTD was this week formally dissolved via a compulsory strike-off by the Registrar of Companies.

  • Article: Nov 9, 2018

    Jeremy Corbyn was asked "If you could stop Brexit, would you?"
    His response?
    "We can't stop it. The referendum took place. Article 50 has been triggered."

    But Brexit can be stopped through a People's Vote

    Vince Cable

    This demonstrates, if proof were needed, that Jeremy Corbyn is working hand in glove with the Conservatives to deliver their ideological Brexit.