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  • The flags of EU countries flying.
    Article: Feb 18, 2018
    By Tom Brake

    A survey by Kantar Public, published today (Sunday, 18 February), has found that 56% of the public judge the Conservatives' handling of Berexit as poor or very poor.

    Whether people are for or against Brexit, there is clearly growing anger that the Conservatives are badly mishandling negotiations.

    Warring factions in the Conservative Party mean the prospect of sensible negotiations has long since disappeared.

    This is why there is growing support for the Liberal Democrat policy of a vote on the terms of the deal, with the option of an exit from Brexit.

  • Article: Feb 18, 2018

    Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has today called on the Scottish Government to mend its "chronically chaotic" approach to workforce planning as new statistics show the bill for NHS consultants' overtime totalled more than £38,000 a day over the past three years.

  • The union flag flying next to the EU flag.
    Article: Feb 17, 2018

    Everything Theresa May said in this speech illustrated that being in the EU is the best way of securing our security objectives.

    This was an opportunity for her to show some pragmatism.

    She could have shown willingness to compromise on the European Court of Justice so as to break the logjam on the European Arrest Warrant and to make sure we have access to Europol's information.

  • Article: Feb 16, 2018

    In a letter to Scottish Liberal Democrat MSP Tavish Scott, the Information Commissioner has confirmed that he will be investigating the Deputy First Minister's office over its handling of freedom of information requests.

    The Commissioner, Daren Fitzhenry, confirmed that a case highlighted by Mr Scott will be among those that he will examine as part of a wider probe into the Scottish Government's practices.

  • A pile of Liberal Democrat posters. Window posters mind. Not the really good ones.
    Article: Feb 16, 2018

    Last night, in a bumper crop of by-elections the Liberal Democrats made a hat-trick of gains and huge increases in the vote in a brace of others:

  • Article: Feb 15, 2018

    Responding to reports that building firm Galliford Try will try to raise another £150m after Carillion's collapse, a development that could affect the completion of the AWPR, North East MSP Mike Rumbles said:

    "Keith Brown has continued to insist that the collapse of Carillion will not affect works on the AWPR, yet these latest developments show that firms are on edge.

  • Article: Feb 15, 2018

    Scottish Liberal Democrats have today warned that councils will need to find up to £160m to deliver the SNP Government's commitment of 1,140 hours of free early learning childcare, after a new report warned that SNP funding for the program fell far short of what was needed.

    A new Accounts Commission report published today reveals that raising the amount of free early learning childcare to 1,140 hours per year by 2021 will cost local authorities £1billion, despite the government's estimated funding for the policy coming in at just £840million.

  • Outline of Northern Ireland on a map.
    Article: Feb 14, 2018

    Talks have today collapsed in Stormont.

    British taxpayers have coughed up £1 billion to placate the DUP and keep them on the Government's side during this disastrous parliament. What are we getting for it? Just intransigence.

    The British government are heading for a very dangerous situation in Ireland.

  • Article: Feb 14, 2018

    Responding to new productivity statistics, Scottish Liberal Democrat Leader Willie Rennie said:

    "These new statistics don't herald positive progress for Scotland's economy. Scottish productivity is stagnant, yet again.

    "We desperately need to see transformative investment in education and skills, which is clearly the best way to boost the economy and secure the long-term sustainability of public services."

  • An ambulance By Graham Richardson from Plymouth, England (South Western Ambulance VX09FYP) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
    Article: Feb 14, 2018

    1. Saving lives
    The NHS provides some of the best emergency care in the world. Although the NHS winter crisis has placed unprecedented pressure on our health service, the NHS has, historically, maintained an impressive standard of emergency care. Last year an astounding 23.65 million of us attended A&E. This number increases each year. Over the last five years A&E departments have seen a 7.2% rise in attendance. Yet despite this enormous pressure, A&E staff display tireless dedication during gruelling 12-hour shifts and regularly go above-and-beyond the call of duty.