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  • Article: Sep 24, 2018

    On Tuesday 18th September 2018, I attended for the first time a party conference in Brighton with the Liberal Democrats. This is all thanks to an initiative set by the Patchwork Foundation which encourages and funds young Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME), politically-minded people to attend party conferences and encourages them to be engaged in political affairs.

  • Article: Sep 24, 2018

    Party Conference is over, and we have left Brighton after an excellent four days. Over the Conference we have listened, spoken, debated matters fiercely, and voted on party policy.

    Over 300 members attended Conference for the first time, and many of them made their first speech in debates on the stage too, making excellent contributions. The Exhibition and Fringes were brilliant too.

  • Article: Sep 24, 2018

    Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has today revealed waits for PrEP prescription appointments are significantly longer in NHS Lothian than in any other health board and called for an end to this discrepancy.

    Freedom of Information requests submitted by the Scottish Liberal Democrats have revealed NHS Lothian is the only health board in Scotland with a waiting list for prospective PrEP patients, and there are 125 people waiting.

  • Article: Sep 24, 2018

    Responding to John McDonnell's comments suggesting that Labour would not include the option to remain in the EU in a People's Vote on the Brexit deal, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie said:

    "Labour isn't listening to the thousands of members who are demanding a People's Vote. The only choice a 'deal or no deal' vote gives people is which foot to shoot.

  • Article: Sep 21, 2018

    The more Theresa May tries to sound defiant, the more desperate she seems.

    After her weak and rattled statement in Salzburg yesterday, Number 10 had little choice but to send her out for a second take today. But this latest attempt to cast herself as a leader who brooks no compromise is utterly unconvincing.

  • Article: Sep 21, 2018

    Responding to Theresa May's statement on Brexit, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie said:

    "Theresa May called an election she didn't need and lost. She said Brexit meant Brexit when she didn't know what it meant. She picked her own cabinet which split. And she's had two years to convince Europe but has failed. She's had her chance, we now need a People's Vote."

  • Article: Sep 21, 2018

    Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie has today warned Jeremy Corbyn that he is making "all the wrong calls" on Brexit and independence as the Labour party prepares for its autumn conference in Liverpool.

    More than 100 constituency Labour parties have submitted motions calling for Labour to back a People's Vote.

  • Article: Sep 21, 2018

    Responding to Jeremy Corbyn's comments on the prospect of a second independence referendum, Willie Rennie said:

    "This is an extraordinary opinion from Jeremy Corbyn. So many people with moderate and progressive views will be horrified by this careless attitude towards the UK. Liberal Democrats are opposed to independence and opposed to another divisive independence referendum.

  • Article: Sep 21, 2018

    Responding to Theresa May's statement on Brexit, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie said:

    "The Prime Minister has had the most humiliating European summit in recent memory and returned with a tattered Chequers deal, making a no deal Brexit more likely than ever.

    "The fiction that this would be the easiest negotiation in history is looking awfully exposed.

  • Article: Sep 21, 2018

    A timeline of the P1 standardised testing saga

    Today the Scottish Parliament voted against P1 standardised testing.

    The Liberal Democrats, Labour, Conservatives and Greens were united in opposition to this time-wasting, resource-draining policy.

    The Scottish Government must now respect the will of the Scottish Parliament and halt the tests immediately.