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  • Article: Dec 12, 2018

    Yesterday I introduced a bill in Parliament to legalise cannabis for recreational and medicine use.

    The evidence is clear - prohibition isn't working.

    The war on drugs has been a catastrophic failure, leaving young people vulnerable to dangerous strains of cannabis sold by dealers who have absolutely no interest in their welfare.

  • Article: Dec 11, 2018

    Responding to the publication of a GP headcount, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP commented:

    "While the headcount has been steady, we know more GPs are opting to work part-time because of the pressures of the job.

    "Earlier this year the Primary Care Workforce Survey showed a 'consistent decline' in the number of full-time GPs and the number of practices reporting stubborn vacancies soaring. I found posts lying vacant for two years.

  • Article: Dec 11, 2018

    Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP today reprimanded the Scottish Government for poor planning and leaving NHS staff "in the lurch" as new statistics reveal A&E performance has dropped back well below the 90% target.

    Official figures released today show performance against the 4-hour waiting time target at 87.9% - the lowest level since April.

  • Article: Dec 11, 2018

    Responding to the publication of data on the achievement of Curriculum for Excellence levels, Scottish Liberal Democrat education spokesperson Tavish Scott MSP:

    "The SNP Government scrapped the Scottish Survey of Literacy and Numeracy because it showed year after year of decline.

    "Teachers and education experts have warned that it will now take years to build up the evidence of how our pupils are really getting on because of its replacement with a new system, underpinned by damaging national testing.

  • Article: Dec 11, 2018

    Scottish Liberal Democrat education spokesperson Tavish Scott MSP today said a new report by the organisation delivering the Scottish Government's national tests is "completely oblivious" to the verdict on the policy and practicalities of testing four and five-year-olds.

    The report by the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) provides "a summary of outcomes at a national level on the newly established system of national standardised assessments".

  • Article: Dec 11, 2018

    Scottish Liberal Democrat education spokesperson Tavish Scott MSP today said there is an urgent need to give teachers a boost after new statistics showed that class sizes remain at their highest rate since the SNP took office.

    The annual school census reveals that the average class size this year remains at 23.5.

  • Article: Dec 11, 2018

    Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has called on the Scottish Government to help "foster healthy habits" among young people, after new statistics published today show that children from the poorest backgrounds are twice as likely as their better off peers to be "at risk of obesity".

  • Article: Dec 10, 2018

    The Government is in absolute chaos. We are closer than ever to securing a People's Vote on Brexit, thanks to your hard work and support.

    Today Theresa May was forced into an embarrassing delay of her Brexit vote. She knew she was going lose by a huge margin. She is running scared.

    It's a huge moment, and it has been driven by Liberal Democrats.

  • Article: Dec 10, 2018

    Scottish Liberal Democrat education spokesperson Tavish Scott MSP has today lambasted the Education Secretary, John Swinney, for "skewing the facts" on student teacher intake, after new statistics showed serious failures by the Scottish Government to meet key targets on secondary school and alternative route education entry.

  • Article: Dec 10, 2018
    By Vince Cable

    On 10th December 1948, history was made. The United Nations adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

    In the shadow of the Second World War, the nations of the world came together to declare that everyone - no matter who they are and where they live - has the same fundamental rights.

    With one voice, we pledged to "strive by teaching and education to promote respect for these rights and freedoms and by progressive measures, national and international, to secure their universal and effective recognition and observance."