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  • Article: Jan 19, 2018

    Responding to an interview by Claire Gormley, the wife of on leave Chief Constable Phil Gormley, in which she criticised the Justice Secretary and police watchdogs, Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Liam McArthur MSP said:

    "Relationships between senior officers, the Justice Secretary and policing watchdogs are extremely important and it will not fill the public with confidence to see this saga play out across the national press.

  • Article: Jan 19, 2018

    Northern Isles MSPs Tavish Scott and Liam McArthur have today welcomed unanimous calls by a cross-party parliamentary committee for the Scottish Government to deliver fair ferry funding in their budget.

    The recommendation comes following the Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee's scrutiny of the Draft Budget. In their report, published this morning, the committee has called on the Scottish Government to "treat this matter as a priority and to satisfactorily resolve it by the conclusion of the current consideration of the draft budget."

  • Article: Jan 19, 2018

    Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has today warned that the SNP Government's decision to close a children's ward at the Royal Alexandra Hospital, Paisley will be "a bitter blow to parents and campaigners" who have battled to keep facilities open.

    Mr Cole-Hamilton said:

  • A pen marking an X in a box.
    Article: Jan 19, 2018
    By Rhiannon Leaman

    In this year's local elections, EU Citizens can vote. For many of them, it'll be their one and only chance to make their voice heard on Brexit at the ballot box.

    And in many places, winning the EU citizen's vote could be a big boost to a Liberal Democrat campaign.

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  • Article: Jan 18, 2018

    Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has today repeated calls for the Scottish Government to begin work on a national falls strategy in collaboration with local authorities and stakeholders, after the SNP accepted a Lib Dem amendment calling for the Government to report on progress on the stategy.

  • An ambulance By Graham Richardson from Plymouth, England (South Western Ambulance VX09FYP) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
    Article: Jan 18, 2018

    More than 100,000 patients this winter had to wait in the back of an ambulance for at least 30 minutes due to overcrowding.

    Those figures are absolutely shocking.

    They provide yet more evidence that our NHS is at breaking point.

    The government must act immediately to find a long-term solution to this unacceptable situation. Patients and hard-working staff are paying the price for the Government's repeated failure to act effectively.

    The government were well aware that the winter-crisis period was approaching.

  • Article: Jan 18, 2018

    If Brexit wasn't happening, taxpayers wouldn't be paying yet another huge bill.

    The French President is able to demand £45 million because he also has the option of withdrawing co-operation over the special border control in Calais, as the UK withdraws from the EU.

    Parliament needs to be told when this money was budgeted for, and what guarantees the UK has secured in return, if any, for future co-operation on our border security.

  • Article: Jan 18, 2018

    Speaking after questioning the First Minister about how the Scottish Government will hire the 11,000 new staff it needs to fulfil its 2020 early learning and childcare targets, Scottish Liberal Democrat education spokesperson Tavish Scott MSP said:

    "It remains far from clear whether the Scottish Government will attract the thousands of new workers needed to deliver its childcare promises.

  • Article: Jan 18, 2018

    Lib Dem Scottish affairs Spokesperson Christine Jardine MP has today described a Scottish Parliament delegation, including Tory MSPs, in Westminster to lobby for amendments to the EU withdrawal bill as 'the latest humiliation for Scots Tory MPs'.

    Members of the Scottish Parliament's constitution committee are expected to press members of the House of Lords to back amendments to the Bill.

  • Palace of Westminster.
    Article: Jan 17, 2018

    A Lib Dem amendment that would have forced the Government to publish impact assessments of either an agreement or no deal before a meaningful vote on the deal in Parliament has received cross-party support in a vote today.

    The Government narrowly avoided defeat, with 320 votes to 301.

    Let this be a warning to the Conservatives: they are not going to get the easy ride they expect in their pursuit of a hard Brexit.

    This is more evidence that the opposition parties will work together to avert the Conservatives' disastrous path to Brexit. We just hope this is not a one-off by the Labour Party and we urge their leadership to join us in this fight.

    The fight now goes to the Lords where the Government isn't close to commanding a majority for it's hard and damaging Tory Brexit.