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  • Article: Feb 25, 2020

    Responding to the news that the First Minister's legally-binding Treatment Time Guarantee law has now been broken 272,293 times, with the 12 week standard only being achieved for 71.9% of patients in the quarter ending 31 December 2019, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP commented:

  • Article: Feb 25, 2020

    Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Liam McArthur MSP has today called on ministers to ensure sufficient resources are in place to swiftly support domestic abuse victims and for them to be given new housing rights, after new statistics revealed 2018-19 saw the highest number of incidents recorded by police.

  • Article: Feb 25, 2020

    Commenting on falls in the proportions of young people leaving school with one or more subjects at SCQF level 4 through to 7, Scottish Liberal Democrat education spokesperson Beatrice Wishart MSP said:

    "Pass rates fluctuate year on year but falls across the board expose the serious challenges facing Scottish education.

  • Article: Feb 25, 2020

    As liberals, Hong Kong's fight is our fight.

    A year on from the beginning of the protests in Hong Kong, the Chinese government haven't budged. Beijing continues to systematically violate the human rights of people in Hong Kong, and deny the region democracy.

    But Hong Kong is not giving up. The people of Hong Kong are not going to back down from this fight.

  • Article: Feb 25, 2020

    The Liberal Democrats will today present a Bill with cross-party support which would require the Government offer Hong Kong citizens the right to live in the UK.

    The move by the Liberal Democrats, whose former leader Paddy Ashdown led the argument for securing the right of abode if China ever reneged the Sino-British declaration, comes after a year of clashes and violence between the police and pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong.

    Speaking ahead of presenting the Bill, Liberal Democrat Foreign Affairs Spokesperson Alistair Carmichael warned "If there ever were a time for us to act in support of Hong Kong, it is now."

    The Bill, which has cross-party support, would re-open the offer of a British National Overseas (BNO) passports for Hong Kong citizens and extend the scheme to provide the "right of abode", allowing a person to live or work indefinitely in the UK.

    Liberal Democrat Foreign Affairs Spokesperson Alistair Carmichael said:

    "If there ever were a time for us to act in support of Hong Kong, it is now. China has repeatedly undermined Hong Kong's democracy. There have been repeated reports of police brutality against Hong Kong citizens since the start of protests last spring.

    "Boris Johnson's slogan of 'Global Britain' is meaningless if his Government is timid in the area of international human rights.

    "We must make our voice heard on essential values such as the rule of law and liberal democracy. If the Conservative Government intends to give substance to its global rhetoric, it should put its weight behind the Bill."

  • Article: Feb 24, 2020
    By Ed Davey

    2020 marks the 15th LGBT History Month and since its inception in 2005, this has been a month of both reflection and action.

    Over the last few years, we've made some amazing leaps for equality, including seeing same-sex marriage legalised in Northern Ireland just a few months ago. However, it is important to remember there is still a long way to go before we reach true equality.

  • Article: Feb 24, 2020

    Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has today said that the Scottish Government should radically overhaul their drug policy, stop sending those caught with drugs for personal use to prison and instead ensure that medical services are available to assist those who misuse drugs.

  • Article: Feb 22, 2020

    Thank you!

    Whether you're a Police and Crime Commissioner Candidate, a Mayoral Candidate, a GLA candidate, a Council Candidate or one of the thousands of Liberal Democrat activists that help get them elected, we want to say thank you.

    The time and effort you give is what makes our party tick and without you, we couldn't achieve the change at every level of government we all are fighting for. We hope you find this page useful as you prepare for the 2020 local elections.

  • Article: Feb 21, 2020

    As you know, there are hundreds of local and regional elections happening in England and Wales in May this year, including Council, Mayoral and Police & Crime Commissioner elections.

    They present us with an excellent opportunity to make huge gains across the country, and for your local party to make a big impact in your local area.

  • Article: Feb 21, 2020

    Scottish Liberal Democrat transport spokesperson Mike Rumbles MSP has today criticised the Scottish Government's air travel record, after new information uncovered by the party through a freedom of information request revealed 21,000 flights have been taken since 2015.

    Core Scottish Government staff have taken 7,246 international flights and 13,674 domestic flights.