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  • Article: Jan 17, 2020

    Commenting on HIAL's planned centralisation of air traffic control services, Orkney MSP Liam McArthur said:

    "It is no secret that the plans to centralise air traffic control services have faced overwhelming resistance in communities across the Highlands & Islands from day one.

    "Yet HIAL's decision to press ahead with these plans appears to have been predetermined from the start, despite serious concerns being raised over cost, reliability and safety. The views of local air traffic control staff in Orkney, and across the network, have been disregarded throughout this process.

  • Article: Jan 16, 2020

    Police Scotland have issued a call for a legal framework to govern how to manage images held by the force - a problem that has been repeatedly highlighted by the Scottish Liberal Democrats.

    In the Scottish Parliament's Sub-Committee on Justice, Temporary Assistant Chief Constable Duncan Sloan said that the current rules around what the police can do with images of the public are "not as clear" as the rules around fingerprints and DNA, and that new governance arrangements would be "absolutely valued and very much welcomed".

  • Article: Jan 16, 2020

    Scottish Liberal Democrat Leader Willie Rennie has today called on the SNP government to "see sense" and immediately withdraw its longstanding support for Heathrow's expansion after it was revealed that the extra flights to Scotland alone would pump out an additional 600,000 tonnes of emissions by 2040.

  • Article: Jan 15, 2020

    Do you think we care well enough for the more vulnerable in our society?

    Have we figured out how best to care for people who've experienced bereavement, people who get ill in old age, those with mental ill-health or adults with learning disabilities?

    My own personal experience tells me we haven't. Whether in my own life or for many constituents in my advice surgeries over 20 years, all too often the care and support systems either don't work well enough or aren't even there at all.

  • Article: Jan 14, 2020

    Commenting on Boris Johnson's letter to the First Minister refusing another independence referendum, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie said:

    "The 2012 Edinburgh Agreement ensured that there was a legal, fair and decisive vote on independence. The nationalists lost, but rather than spend the subsequent years fixing crises in health and education, they have ignored domestic policy and carried on obsessing over independence.

  • Article: Jan 14, 2020

    Responding to the news that performance against the A&E waiting time target has fallen to 81.8% of patients treated within 4 hours, compared to the 95% target, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP commented:

    "A&E waiting times are suffering a serious and sustained slump. The Government has not reached its own target since July 2017.

  • Article: Jan 13, 2020

    Commenting on the latest turmoil in Scottish Labour, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie said:

    "Richard Leonard's authority was undermined in the election by Jeremy Corbyn. Now he has been undermined by his own Executive in Scotland. It begs the question: is anyone listening to the Leader of the Scottish Labour Party?

  • Article: Jan 13, 2020

    I want to thank you for all your hard work over the last six weeks. Everyone did everything they could in this campaign but the result has been deeply disappointing.

    Despite Liberal Democrats gaining 1.2m votes and our share of the vote increasing in every region of the UK, we are now one seat down compared to 2017. Under a proportional system, we would now have 84 MPs.

  • Article: Jan 13, 2020

    The latest EU Settlement Scheme Statistics, published by the Home Office, show more than 140,000 EU citizens applied to live and work in the UK after Brexit in November.

    These figures show 361,900 people are still waiting for a decision, with 2,592,800 applications received but only 2,230,900 concluded.

  • Article: Jan 13, 2020

    This news is yet more evidence that Boris Johnson's government looks set to crash our economy thanks to his disastrous Brexit plans.

    Whether its putting people's livelihoods on the line in our factory sector, or increasing prices with the pound weakening in 2020, it is clear that Boris Johnson's promise to unleash Britain's potential is nothing more than empty rhetoric.

    We haven't even left yet.