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  • Article: Jul 20, 2017

    Vince Cable, the new Leader of the Liberal DemocratsI want to lead the Liberal Democrats because I am ambitious about our future.

    I believe we are the only party that can represent the millions of liberal-minded people alarmed by the direction this country is taking: people, whether they voted remain or leave, who hate the intolerance, xenophobia and division that the Brexit vote unleashed.

  • Article: Jul 20, 2017

    Orkney MSP Liam McArthur has warned that there is "no end in sight" to the timetable for re-tendering Orkney's lifeline shipping contract, after the Transport Minister today announced a delay to the Scottish Government's review of ferry procurement contracts.

    The policy review, announced in February this year, was originally planned to finish in the autumn.

  • Article: Jul 20, 2017

    Scottish Liberal Democrat MP for Edinburgh West, Christine Jardine has today encouraged the Scottish Government and local authorities to use the new Edinburgh and South East Scotland City Region Deal as an opportunity to transform investment in the region.

    The deal agreed between the Scottish Government, six local authorities, University of Edinburgh and the UK Government and worth hundreds of millions of pounds, was officially signed in Edinburgh today.

    Ms Jardine said:

    "The City Deal process was spearheaded by the Liberal Democrats in government and I'm delighted to see this deal finally signed off on.

    "These deals show what can be achieved when both of Scotland's governments stop bickering and get serious about bringing investment to the area.

    "We now have a huge opportunity to improve infrastructure and bring in much-needed investment in housing, innovation and transport to Edinburgh and South East Scotland as well as creating more than 20,000 jobs which in the current uncertain economic climate is welcome. I am particularly pleased that £140m has been earmarked for much needed road, transport and other improvements in West Edinburgh.

    "However, it's now essential that promises are delivered upon and this money is invested in ways that will benefit the whole region."

  • Article: Jul 19, 2017

    The Liberal Democrats have described new figures showing the gender pay gap amongst highly paid employees at the BBC as a "wake-up call."

    Figures published today have shown that of the 108 people at the BBC who earn more than £150,000, just 34 are women.

    Only five women are in the top 20 and one in the top 10. Claudia Winkleman, the top earning female. earns a quarter (£400,000 - £449,000) of the salary of the highest earning male, Chris Evans (£2.2m - 2.249m).

  • Article: Jul 19, 2017

    Figures published today have shown that of the 108 people at the BBC who earn more than £150,000, just 34 are women.

    Only five women are in the top 20 and one in the top 10. Claudia Winkleman, the top earning female. earns a quarter (£400,000 - £449,000) of the salary of the highest earning male, Chris Evans (£2.2m - 2.249m).

  • Article: Jul 18, 2017

    Responding to a report from Reform Scotland revealing that the Scottish Government are set to miss their target of at least 90% of GP surgeries offering repeat prescriptions and appointment booking online by the end of 2017, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP said:

    "This is another NHS target that the Scottish Government are going to miss.

  • Article: Jul 18, 2017

    Edinburgh West MP Christine Jardine has welcomed the letter from senior figures across Scottish politics, business, academia and the arts calling for a halt to Brexit, published in today's Herald.

    Ms Jardine said: "This letter is a significant, and welcome, intervention from representatives from all areas of Scottish society on an issue with profound implications for all of us.

  • Article: Jul 17, 2017

    Responding to reports that some of Scotland's key teacher training courses are half empty weeks before they are due to start, Scottish Liberal Democrat education spokesperson Tavish Scott MSP said:

    "The Scottish Government say that education is their main priority.

    "But schools need teachers and just a month before young people go back to classrooms many training places are still empty. The SNP have spent a decade saying independence is the answer to everything. It is certainly not the answer to recruiting teachers.

  • Article: Jul 17, 2017

    Responding to the letter from Cabinet Secretary Mike Russell to MSPs laying out the Scottish Government's opposition to the "Great Repeal Bill", Scottish Liberal Democrat business manager Mike Rumbles MSP said:

    "This bill represents a huge executive power grab by Theresa May and her extreme Brexiteers.

  • Article: Jul 17, 2017

    Scottish Liberal Democrat deputy leader Alistair Carmichael MP has today accused the SNP of being "all talk and no action" after research by the Scottish Liberal Democrats revealed that a year on, the Government's flagship Scottish Growth Scheme has not paid out any money to businesses because necessary changes to parliamentary procedures have still not been brought forward.