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  • Article: Sep 25, 2017

    "It is misleading for him to pretend that some new customs arrangement can be reached which doesn't cause massive disruption to British trade.

    "Instead of joining the Tories in the land of fairy tales, Labour should be fighting with the Liberal Democrats to maintain membership of the Single Market and the Customs Union. There would be a parliamentary majority if Corbyn and his comrades got off the fence.

  • Article: Sep 25, 2017

    Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has today raised concerns over reports that GP receptionists are screening patients in a bid to reduce the number of appointments.

    Reports today reveal that receptionists and administrative staff are being trained as 'care navigators' so that they are able to direct patients to other health professionals. It follows the news that one in eleven GP surgeries are turning away new patients.

  • Article: Sep 25, 2017

    Scottish Liberal Democrats have today criticised the Scottish Government for its shambles over business rates after it was revealed that there have been 1331 revaluation appeals made by businesses in Fife which accounts for 11% of all appeals across Scotland.

    Commenting, Scottish Liberal Democrat Leader and North East Fife MSP Willie Rennie said:

  • Article: Sep 25, 2017

    Edinburgh West MP Christine Jardine has called for women born in the 1950s and affected by state pension inequalities to bring her their stories to help the fight for a better deal.

    The Lib Dem MP wants to build a dossier of evidence to present to the UK Government showing the hardship caused by the way the changes to pensionable women were implemented.

  • Article: Sep 25, 2017

    Scottish Liberal Democrats justice spokesperson Liam McArthur has today welcomed the move by the Scottish Government to have a MSP join the selection panel that will appoint the new chair of the Scottish Police Authority (SPA) but called on Michael Matheson to commit to meaningful longer term reform.

  • Article: Sep 24, 2017

    Scottish Liberal Democrat transport spokesman Mike Rumbles MSP today revealed the most dangerous trunk roads in Scotland as new figures showed that serious and fatal accidents on roads managed directly by the Scottish Government are higher now than in 2013.

    The most fatal and serious crashes were recorded on the A90, A9, A82, A96 and the A85. The A90 has recorded 147 such accidents since 2013 - one every 10 days.

  • Article: Sep 22, 2017

    Scottish Liberal Democrat education spokesperson Tavish Scott MSP has today called on the Education Secretary to confirm whether data on local schools' performance will be obtainable under freedom of information laws after John Swinney insisted that the government will only collect sufficient data to analyse national trends in education.

  • Article: Sep 22, 2017

    Scottish Liberal Democrat transport spokesperson Mike Rumbles MSP has welcomed confirmation today, in a parliamentary answer from the Scottish Government, that refurbished High Speed Trains due in Scotland next year will have twice as many cycle spaces for intermediate stations as previously planned.

  • Article: Sep 21, 2017

    9,832 EU nationals left the NHS between 30 June 2016 and 30 June 2017, figures published by NHS Digital today have revealed. This is an increase of 22% on the previous year, and up 42% on two years earlier.

    In total 3,885 nurses, 1,794 doctors and 1,518 support staff from the EU left the NHS between June 2016 and June 2017.

  • Article: Sep 21, 2017

    Scottish Liberal Democrats have today called on the Scottish Government to ensure that the forthcoming Planning Bill gives local communities a "genuine voice" in planning decisions.

    The party's announcement comes as former First Minister Henry McLeish launches a new alliance of organisations working across the planning and placemaking sectors pressing for a more inclusive, collaborative and innovative planning system when the Planning Bill is introduced to Holyrood later this year. The alliance includes organisations such as the Scottish Federation of Housing Associations and COSLA.