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  • Article: Aug 14, 2019
    By Jo Swinson

    Our party is going from strength to strength.

    We now have more than 116,000 members, as well as almost 15,000 registered supporters.

    Our team in the House of Commons is growing too. A little over a week ago, we welcomed Jane Dodds as our newest MP.

    Today, we welcome another addition to our team. Dr Sarah Wollaston.

  • Article: Aug 14, 2019
    By Sarah Wollaston

    After very careful thought, I have come to the conclusion that I can best serve the interests of my constituents by joining the Liberal Democrats.

    Brexit has not only sucked all the political oxygen from government over the past three years, but it has also consumed the funding and energy that should have been invested in local communities, tackling climate change and supporting the workforce and infrastructure of our NHS, schools and transport.

  • Article: Aug 14, 2019

    I can think of about 350 million reasons why a promise from Boris Johnson isn't worth the paper (or bus) it's written on.

    The Government promised that the rights of EU citizens wouldn't change after Brexit. So did Vote Leave - many of whose senior figures are now Government officials.

    But now we're hearing that if Brexit happens, the Government plans to make EU citizens pay to use the NHS.

  • Article: Aug 14, 2019

    Scottish Liberal Democrat candidate for Shetland Beatrice Wishart today attended the Cunningsburgh Show and used the opportunity to talk to crofters and farmers and set out her priorities for Shetland's agriculture.

    The 5-point plan sets out Beatrice's commitment to:

    1. Ensure crofters are at the heart of designing crofting legislation to help businesses develop and diversify.
    2. Secure continued access to markets and end the threat of tariffs of up to 40% by demanding a no-deal Brexit is immediately taken off the table.
    3. Demand the Prime Minister keeps his promise on delivering the almost £200m convergence funding to Scotland.
    4. Urgently increase freight capacity, including increasing direct freight sailings at peak times.
    5. Safeguard the protected food name designations of Shetland's world class food and drink sector by demanding a no-deal Brexit is immediately taken off the table.
  • Article: Aug 14, 2019

    Speaking ahead of the visit from Nicola Sturgeon to the Cunningsburgh show, Scottish Liberal Democrat candidate for Shetland Beatrice Wishart said:

    "I'm sure the First Minister will have a wonderful time at the Cunningsburgh Show, it's a great event.

    "Before she arrives, the First Minister should reflect on the SNP's failure to address the challenges that Shetland faces despite 12 years of the SNP in office. Indeed, the irony of the First Minister praising the SNP candidate's 'transport plan' despite no commitment to deliver it will not be lost on people in Shetland.

  • Article: Aug 13, 2019

    Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP today said it is no surprise that staff shortages and delayed discharges are taking its toll on every part of the NHS, after a new audit report highlighted critical care units struggling with demand and obstructions.

    The annual report by the Scottish Intensive Care Society Audit Group showed:

  • Article: Aug 13, 2019

    Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP today said the Scottish Government is failing patients after new figures out today show that it is still missing its own cancer detection target by a wide margin, years after it was supposed to be met.

    In 2012, the Health Secretary launched the Detect Cancer Early programme, with the aim of increasing the number of people diagnosed at the earliest stage (stage 1) by 25% by 2015. However, today's statistics show there has only been a 9.4% increase to date.

  • Article: Aug 13, 2019

    A 'mackerel war' with Iceland threatens the future of Scottish fishermen, a Liberal Democrat MEP has warned on a visit to Shetland.

    The chair of the European Parliament's fisheries committee, Liberal Democrat MEP Chris Davies, was in Shetland to discuss the situation following Iceland and Greenland announced unilateral increases in the amount of the fish they intend to catch.

  • Article: Aug 13, 2019

    Responding to the news that Cabinet Secretary for Health, Jeane Freeman, has referred concerns about NHS pension plans to the Chancellor of the Exchequer for review, Scottish Liberal Democrat Leader Willie Rennie has written to the Health Secretary requesting she take "urgent action" herself to address Scottish consultants' and surgeons' concerns, rather than "farm out" the problem to Westminster.

  • Article: Aug 13, 2019

    Responding to the news that the government has confirmed it is "ready" to nationalise the Ferguson shipyard, Scottish Liberal Democrat Leader Willie Rennie said:

    "With millions of pounds of public money involved in the maintenance of the Ferguson shipyard, it is only right that the government answers some difficult questions about their role. We must protect the jobs of the workers and get these ferries built for the routes that are desperately awaiting new vessels so we need to make the right decisions now.