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  • Article: Sep 20, 2017

    Commenting after this afternoon's debate on taxation Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie MSP said:

    "By abstaining in the parliamentary vote the SNP have accepted that taxes should rise. The job now is to decide exactly what that tax package should be.

    "We believe that we need a modest tax rise to invest in education to make it the best in the world again. We don't want to tax for the sake of it. We want to see a transformational investment in education to give our children the best start in life and provide them with the tools to succeed.

  • Article: Sep 20, 2017

    Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Liam McArthur MSP today called on ministers to make an urgent parliamentary statement following the revelations that combustible cladding has been found on some private high-rise properties in Glasgow.

    At the Local Government committee this morning a planning official from Glasgow Council told MSPs that the cladding had been found on some buildings in Glasgow. He added that "it's not public information yet" although ministers had been informed. The official also revealed that despite combustible cladding having been found, neither the fire service nor local residents had been told.

  • Article: Sep 20, 2017

    Scottish Liberal Democrat MP for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross, Jamie Stone has today called on the Scottish Government to tackle their "tragic failure of care" after a new investigation highlighted the plight of pregnant women in the Highlands forced to travel hundreds of miles for medical care.

  • Article: Sep 20, 2017

    Responding to John Swinney's comments at the Scottish Learning Festival, Scottish Liberal Democrat education spokesperson Tavish Scott MSP said:

    "John Swinney has failed to convince Parliament that his endless pursuit of structural changes to education is working.

    "His own self-appointed education advisors have told him to stop obsessing about structure.

  • Article: Sep 20, 2017

    Scottish Liberal Democrat MSP Mike Rumbles today used a Holyrood debate to call on the Scottish Government to tackle the inadequacy of mental health services and end the blanket ban on prisoner voting.

    Mr Rumbles used the debate on "Dignity, Equality and Human Rights for All" to draw attention to the Scottish Human Rights Commission's warning that in Scotland "significant human rights challenges continue to be felt in people's day-to-day lives".

  • Article: Sep 19, 2017

    We need a bold new approach to improving mental health focused on prevention, including giving discounts to business rates for companies that take concrete steps to improve well-being in the workplace.

    We also need a pay rise for NHS staff and demanded that Theresa May give EU nationals working in the NHS the right to stay now.

  • Article: Sep 19, 2017

    The IFS has demolished Boris Johnson's repeated claim that Brexit will lead to an £350m for the NHS.

    In a letter to The Times, the IFS's deputy director Carl Emmerson points out that overall Brexit is actually set to damage the public finances and lead to "net fiscal loss."

    This is a point made by the Office for Budget Responsibility forecast and adopted by the government.

  • Article: Sep 19, 2017

    Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesman Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP today said long waits for physio will be affecting people's quality of life after it was revealed a waiting time target was once again missed by a huge margin.

    New figures from ISD Scotland show less than 55% of patients referred for physical therapy, occupational therapy, chiropody/podiatry or orthotics were seen within the four-week waiting time target during the quarter ending June 2017.

  • Article: Sep 18, 2017

    At our conference today, the Liberal Democrats have agreed to a raft of new policies which will see stricter penalties for companies that break the law, as part of a series of measures to improve corporate governance.

    This would include scrapping the need to establish intent or guilt of a senior executive in cases of corporate failure, meaning that companies themselves could be held criminally liable.

  • Article: Sep 18, 2017

    In the wake of the recent terrorist outrages it's clear that we need a bold change of strategy to defeat terrorism and counter violent extremism.

    To do that, at our Autumn Conference today we have proposed a bold new strategy to defeat terror. At the heart of the strategy being proposed is proper funding and resourcing for the community police.