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  • Article: Nov 16, 2017

    Responding to the appointment of Susan Deacon as the new chair of the Scottish Police Authority (SPA), Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Liam McArthur MSP said:

    "I congratulate Susan Deacon on her appointment. She is very experienced and has a wide range of skills, which will be needed as she inherits an organisation under immense pressure. The SPA has faced a deluge of bad news over the past twelve months, from accusations of a culture of secrecy to a break down of managerial relationships.

  • Article: Nov 15, 2017

    Scottish Liberal Democrat North East MSP and former Army Major Mike Rumbles will use tomorrow's debate on Armed Forces veterans to call attention to the collapse of Veterans First Point services under the SNP.

    Mr Rumbles is campaigning in support of Veterans' First Point centres, first set up in Scotland with money gathered from UK banks in Libor fines. That funding has run out. The Scottish Government offered to continue funding the First Point Centres but would only guarantee 50% of the funding, the other 50% to come out of health board budgets. However some cash-strapped health boards have been unable to continue providing these services for veterans.

  • Article: Nov 15, 2017

    Commenting on the publication of the national review of targets and indicators in health and social care, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP said:

    "Under this SNP Government health and social care targets have been missed and missed again. Children have waited almost two years for the treatment they desperately need and a flagship cancer target hasn't been met in five years.

  • Article: Nov 15, 2017

    Responding to the latest unemployment figures, Scottish Liberal Democrat economy spokesperson Carolyn Caddick said:

  • Article: Nov 15, 2017

    Responding to the Supreme Court's decision to dismiss a legal challenge by the Scottish Whisky Association to minimum unit pricing, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie said:

    "In excess alcohol wrecks lives, families and communities. Low prices for decades have increased that harm caused in Scotland.

    "We've waited for five years to get this breakthrough so it is vital that the Scottish Government acts without delay before any more lives are wrecked.

    "I want to see the Government set the Minimum Unit Price before Christmas."

  • Article: Nov 14, 2017

    Liberal Democrat leader, Vince Cable, today set out the Liberal Democrat approach to the Budget. The full text is below.

    As Leader of the Liberal Democrats, it is one of my responsibilities to give a serious Lib Dem analysis of the economics around the Budget, and to present an alternative.

    I have recently been returned to Parliament from exile.

  • Article: Nov 14, 2017

    Responding to a British Medical Association (BMA) survey of doctors who had studied in Europe but who are now working in the Scottish NHS that shows 34% are thinking about leaving and 14% have made plans to go, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP said:

    "Thanks to the chaos unleashed by the Conservative party, talented medics are leaving these shores and heading elsewhere.

  • Article: Nov 14, 2017

    On the face of it, this seems like a major concession. But the reality is it simply isn't good enough.

    First of all, David Davis has said that even if Parliament votes down the deal, the UK will still leave the EU. This means MPs are essentially being told to take it or leave it.

    Secondly, the government is agreeing to give MPs a say on the final Brexit deal but not the public.

  • Article: Nov 14, 2017

    Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has today described the SNP's failure to deliver a new suicide prevention strategy almost a year after the previous one expired as a "devastating dereliction of duty".

    New statistics today profiled the 5,119 people who died from suicide between 2009 and 2015, revealing three quarters were men and almost half were aged between 35 and 54.

  • Article: Nov 14, 2017

    Speaking after today's Scottish Affairs committee took evidence on immigration, Liberal Democrat Scotland spokesperson Christine Jardine MP said:

    "The evidence we heard at today's committee is of great concern. Scotland is globally renowned for its universities but academics are clearly warning that Brexit poses a huge threat, not just to universities but to the industries that rely on a highly educated workforce to thrive.