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  • Article: Nov 9, 2018

    Today, Jo Johnson quit as a Conservative government minister over the Brexit deal Theresa May is putting together - a deal which gives people the worst of both worlds.

    The choice being presented to the British people is no choice at all.

    Jo Johnson MP

    In his resignation statement, Johnson said that the deal being concocted will inflict "serious economic and political harm on the country". He said what is happening is not what anyone wants and the 2016 referendum did not provide any mandate for it.

  • Article: Nov 9, 2018

    Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has today said that the Scottish Government should follow in the footsteps of the Isle of Man legislature, which has this week moved to take abortion out of criminal law and introduce safe buffer zones around clinics.

    On removing abortion from criminal law Mr Cole-Hamilton said:

  • Article: Nov 9, 2018
    By Liberal Democrats

    20 years ago today the Human Rights Act became law, incorporating the European Convention on Human Rights into UK law.

    The Liberal Democrats had been campaigning for the Human Rights Act ever since we were founded, but our fight to protect people's rights and freedoms didn't end when it passed...

    Conservative and Labour MPs consistently vote for illiberal new laws that curtail civil liberties.

  • Article: Nov 8, 2018

    It has been reported that more than 400 high-rise residential buildings still have the same type of external cladding blamed for the Grenfell Tower fire.

    When it is about people's homes, safety must come first.

    Grenfell should never have happened. The fact that thousands of families are still living in unsafe high-rise buildings is a disgrace.

  • Article: Nov 8, 2018

    A group including representatives of major pharmaceutical companies have written to the Health Secretary to state that if urgent action is not taken the UK will not have a medicine supply that will suffice in a no deal Brexit.

    The Government simply cannot guarantee that there won't be shortages of medicines

  • Article: Nov 8, 2018

    Responding to the news that there were 8,830 fewer businesses (-2.5%) operating in Scotland in March 2018 compared to a year earlier, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie commented:

    "These figures show that there are thousands fewer businesses. We know Scottish growth has been marginal and this is being reflected in the falling numbers of businesses operating here.

  • Article: Nov 8, 2018

    Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Liam McArthur MSP has called for a new push to ensure that links between prisoners and their families can be preserved, after he visited Polmont prison.

    Mr McArthur was visiting HMYOI Polmont as part of Families Outside's 'Send your MSP to Prison' campaign. The campaign aims to help policy makers understand the challenges of prison visits from a family perspective, with MSPs taking public transport and visiting a prison which accommodates people from their area

  • Article: Nov 8, 2018

    Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Liam McArthur MSP has today backed calls from the family of murder victim Craig McClelland for a full inquiry into the circumstances surrounding his death to take place.

    Mr McClelland was murdered by James Wright who had been unlawfully at large for months having breached his home detention curfew. His family have now written to the Cabinet Secretary for Justice and the Scottish Parliament's Justice Committee.

  • Article: Nov 8, 2018

    Scottish Liberal Democrats will today give MSPs the chance to express their support for a public vote on the final terms of the Brexit deal.

    In this afternoon's parliamentary debate on Safeguarding Scotland's International Research Collaborations and Reputation for Scientific Excellence from the Threat of Brexit, Scottish Liberal Democrat Europe spokesperson Tavish Scott MSP will move an amendment that would see MSPs provide "unequivocal support for a public vote on the final terms of the Brexit deal."

  • Article: Nov 8, 2018

    The Scottish Parliament's Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee has written to Aberdeen Roads Ltd (ARL), today, calling on the contractors for the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route to give evidence to the committee on 5th December, over delays to the opening of the road and the Scottish Government's mishandling of the contract.