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  • Article: Oct 11, 2019

    I'm the son of immigrants, one parent from Germany, the other from Poland. My family history is in miniature the troubled history of Europe, scarred by the horrors of extremism and war - and then my parents making a new home together in our country.

    It's why for me our liberal democracy, despite all its flaws, is so precious. We need to step up to protect against the extremists and populists.

  • Article: Oct 11, 2019

    Waiting for the outcome of the nomination count for Party President felt a wee bit like that scene from The Big Bang Theory where Sheldon explains about Schrodinger's Cat.

    You know, where as long as the box is closed the cat is both dead and alive?

    The relief when they cat was actually alive, and I was nominated, was huge!

  • Article: Oct 11, 2019

    Download the manifestos

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    Voting for the federal board election will open at 9 a.m. on 29th October 2019. You can find out more about all the internal elections here: www.libdems.org.uk/internal-elections

    A note on the manifestos: The order in which candidates' manifestos appear was generated at random using the =RAND() Excel function. The document contains all the manifestos that were correctly supplied by the deadline for candidates supplied by the Returning Officer.

  • Article: Oct 11, 2019

    Responding to a letter from the Rural Economy secretary to the Rural, Economy and Connectivity Committee confirming that the Crofting Bill has been dropped, Scottish Liberal Democrat rural economy spokesperson Mike Rumbles MSP said:

    "In 2017 the committee's report called for a new Bill to reform and update the law surrounding crofting.

  • Article: Oct 11, 2019

    Orkney MSP Liam McArthur has lodged a motion calling on Rugby World Cup organisers to ensure every option is explored to ensure Scotland's final pool A game can go ahead despite the challenges presented by super typhoon Hagibis.

    Orkney MSP Liam McArthur has lodged a motion calling on Rugby World Cup organisers to ensure every option is explored to ensure Scotland's final pool A game can go ahead despite the challenges presented by super typhoon Hagibis.

    Liam McArthur commented:

    "The safety of rugby fans, players and officials in Japan is the absolute priority but I would urge World Cup officials to explore all the available options to ensure this important game goes ahead.

    "If the game has to take place without an audience, or at a different time or location, it's still important it is played.

    "Every nation that has sent a team over to Japan has put an incredible amount of effort into training and preparation over the last few years. It would be cruel and unsporting for Scotland not to be able to fight for its place in the next round."

    The text of the motion can be found below:

    Motion S5M-19384: Liam McArthur, Orkney Islands, Scottish Liberal Democrats, Date Lodged: 10/10/2019
    Scotland's Rugby World Cup
    That the Parliament congratulates the Scotland team on its victories over Samoa and Russia in the Rugby World Cup in Japan; notes and commends the efforts being made by tournament organisers from a public safety perspective ahead of typhoon Hagibis making landfall in Japan; hopes that the Scotland rugby supporters in Japan, and their hosts, stay safe and encourages them to monitor the authorities' advice on weather and any disruption, and calls on the organisers to ensure that every option is explored to enable Scotland's concluding Pool A match against Japan to go ahead and for Scotland's bid to qualify for the quarter finals to be determined on the pitch.

  • Article: Oct 11, 2019

    Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has today called for the implementation of an offence aggravator, in the form of additional fines, for people who damage automated external defibrillators (AEDS).

    Research by the Scottish Liberal Democrats showed that publicly accessible defibrillators varied hugely by area, with West Edinburgh having 39 compared to over 100 in North East Fife. AEDS are usually kept in cabinets in public locations but are locked for security purposes.

  • Article: Oct 10, 2019

    Commenting on the passage of the Transport Bill, Scottish Liberal Democrat transport spokesperson Mike Rumbles MSP said:

    "The SNP have passed up opportunity after opportunity to build a truly radical and forward looking bill.

    "The Transport Bill was supposed to profoundly reshape Scotland's transport system. Instead it will be overshadowed by an SNP-Green attempt to plunder driver's pockets.

  • Article: Oct 10, 2019

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    Voting for the federal board election will open at 9 a.m. on 29th October 2019. You can find out more about all the internal elections here: www.libdems.org.uk/internal-elections

    A note on the manifestos: The order in which candidates' manifestos appear was generated at random using the =RAND() Excel function. The document contains all the manifestos that were correctly supplied by the deadline for candidates supplied by the Returning Officer.

  • Article: Oct 10, 2019

    Responding to the news that the minutes of the meeting of NHS Lothian's board specifically overseeing the Sick Kids project revealed there were over 2,000 snagging issues identified at the hospital in May, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP said:

    "What's clear from this report is that officials were aware of the myriad of problems facing them months before they pulled the plug on the Sick Kids' opening. This has been an extremely poorly managed project.

  • Article: Oct 9, 2019

    Responding to the Scottish Childminding Association's audit of early learning and childcare (ELC), showing only 12.6% of childminders have been approved by local authorities to help deliver the ELC expansion for 3 and 4-year-olds while just 4.2% are currently delivering funded hours, Scottish Liberal Democrat education spokesperson Beatrice Wishart MSP commented: