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  • Article: Jul 14, 2017

    Scottish Liberal Democrat social security spokesperson Caron Lindsay has today demanded that the Government change direction on the so-called 'rape clause' after a motion approved by the British Medical Association described the policy as an "abhorrent attack on low income families and children."

    The BMA today agreed a motion "highlighting the terrible ordeal that women are being expected to relive in order to be eligible to receive support for a third child" and stating their support for any doctor who chooses not to participate in the assessment process of exemptions.

  • Article: Jul 13, 2017

    Responding to the introduction of the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill, commonly known as the "Great Repeal Bill", Scottish Liberal Democrat deputy leader Alistair Carmichael MP said:

    "This bill already has all the hallmarks of another Theresa May disaster. This Government's executive power grab and support for the most extreme interpretation of Brexit throws in our faces any pretence of being her being constructive and collaborative.

  • Article: Jul 13, 2017

    The Office for Budgetary Responsibility (OBR) has warned that even a small hit to productivity caused by Brexit could cause a £97bn hit to the UK economy in the long-term, reducing tax receipts by £36 billion.

    The OBR report also describes future tax receipts as being "particularly vulnerable" to the impact of Brexit on the financial sector, which could face up to 60,000 job losses.

  • Article: Jul 13, 2017

    One month on from this tragedy, there is no less pain for the victims and their families, no less fear, and no less anger over the failings of the political system.

    The disaster at Grenfell Tower has left a huge scar, not just in the local community of Kensington, but across Britain. It has moved people deeply, whether they have local connections or not, and that has been reflected in the generosity shown by public donations. It has also exposed deep divisions and inequalities in our society which we have ignored for far too long. This disaster should have been avoided. How is it possible that, in a very wealthy borough like Kensington and Chelsea, dozens of people can burn to death in their own homes?

  • Article: Jul 12, 2017

    Scottish Liberal Democrat deputy leader Alistair Carmichael MP has today pressed the First Minister to use a meeting with EU's chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier tomorrow to push for an acknowledgment that Article 50 is revocable and support calls to give the British people the final say on whatever deal Theresa May negotiates with the EU.

  • Article: Jul 11, 2017

    Scottish Liberal Democrat social security spokesperson Caron Lindsay has today warned that the severe problems faced by homeless people are a "damning indictment of both of Scotland's governments" after a new report highlighted the scale of difficulties homeless people face in accessing essential care and services.

  • Article: Jul 11, 2017

    Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Liam McArthur MSP has today warned that the justice system needs a greater focus on rehabilitation as the Scottish Government announced details of its new justice strategy.

    The report 'Justice in Scotland: Vision and Priorities' supersedes the 'Strategy for Justice in Scotland' published in 2012 and lays out the Scottish Government's priorities for the justice system in Scotland.

  • Article: Jul 11, 2017

    Commenting on the news that Lena Wilson is to stand down as chief executive of Scottish Enterprise, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie MSP said:

    "I wish Lena Wilson well as she moves on from Scottish Enterprise. Whilst I disagreed with the decision to allow her to take a directorship with Intertek whilst she was heading Scotland's economic development agency I respected her and the work she did on our behalf.

  • Article: Jul 11, 2017

    Edinburgh West MP Christine Jardine has called on Nicola Sturgeon to 'do the decent thing' and give the communities in the shadow of the Queensferry crossing access to its official opening.

    There's growing public anger over the SNP Government's failure to throw open the event to the communities, opting instead for a ballot open to all on a website with only a limited number of tickets for select groups. MSP for Edinburgh Western Alex Cole-Hamilton has also pressed the First Minister to release tickets to residents.

  • Article: Jul 11, 2017

    Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Liam McArthur has today welcomed Police Scotland's move to delete over 500 million records from its number plate recognition database after pressure from the Liberal Democrats. Scottish Liberal Democrats revealed the figure last year.

    In April 2016, Freedom of Information requests by the Scottish Liberal Democrats revealed that 852,507,524 number plate records captured by Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) cameras across the country were held in a Police Scotland database, with data available as far back as 2009. Data retention laws require that any such information is only kept for crimes, while all other data must be deleted from the database and destroyed.