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  • Article: Jun 12, 2019

    We can stop Brexit - we must. For our economy. For our families, friends and neighbours who've made Britain their home. For what it says about us, as a country.

    You could pick a hundred reasons why we must stop Brexit. Top of my list is the fight against the Climate Change Emergency.

    Climate change's devastation won't respect borders - you have to work internationally, with other countries, if you want to save our planet.

  • Article: Jun 12, 2019

    It has been an amazing week since I launched my campaign to become Leader of our party.

    From my campaign launch with young tech apprentices to appearances on the Andrew Marr Show, Question Time, Good Morning Britain and the Today Progamme (twice!), my feet hardly touched the floor.

    I am standing because our party, and our country, are at a turning point.

  • Article: Jun 11, 2019

    Scottish Liberal Democrat Energy spokesperson, Liam McArthur MSP has called for urgent action to address emissions from "persistently problematic" sectors, in response to news that the statutory emissions target set by the Climate Change (Scotland) Act 2009 has not been met.

    The Act provides for a fixed annual target for 2017 of 43.946 MtCO2e. Under the measurements set out in the Act, however, emissions for 2017 were calculated to be 46.4 MtCO2e, an increase of 3.7% from 2016.

  • Article: Jun 11, 2019

    Commenting on the Scottish Government's statement on the publication of the P1 testing review, Scottish Liberal Democrat education spokesperson Tavish Scott MSP said:

    "This review is a stitch-up. Teachers, unions, parent groups and Parliament have all called for a halt to the testing of 4 and 5 year old boys and girls. But the Education Secretary wants them to continue, so he's commissioned a review that will prove himself right.

  • Article: Jun 11, 2019

    The Conservatives aren't exactly covering themselves in glory as they decide who'll be the next party leader.

    Michael Gove's cocaine admission has garnered a lot of press. As education secretary, Gove forced through legislation that banned teachers from the classroom for life if they were convicted of possessing a class A drug.

  • Article: Jun 11, 2019

    Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has today criticised the government for putting chronic pain patients through "excruciating" long waits for treatment, after new statistics showed hundreds of patients waited more than six months to get help.

    The ISD Scotland figures show performance against the 18-week target has fallen to 63.8%, while 324 patients waited over 27 weeks from referral to first appointment at a chronic pain clinic.

  • Article: Jun 10, 2019

    Firstly, I want to say two important things to all of you reading this: welcome and thank you.

    Welcome, because I know that many of you reading this will be doing so for the first time, being among the thousands of people who have joined the party in the last few weeks.

    Thank you, because it is a result of the energy, persuasive skills and shoe leather of so many of you that we're having this leadership election on the back of our best ever local election results and our best ever European election results, and even top of a national poll!

  • Article: Jun 9, 2019

    Scottish Liberal Democrat Justice spokesperson Liam McArthur MSP has today called for recognition of the 'emergency' in Scotland's prisons as new figures revealed the total number of assaults in prisons increased by 41% last year.

    Data acquired by the Scottish Liberal Democrats through a freedom of Information request also shows:

  • Article: Jun 8, 2019
    By Greg Foster

    105,480.

    That's how many people had joined the Liberal Democrats as of midnight last night.

    That makes it official - our party is the biggest it's ever been!

    huge democratic national convention GIF by Election 2016

    First of all welcome to our new members - you've joined Britain's biggest liberal family. We couldn't be more excited to have you on board.

    It's been a brilliant month for our party.

  • Article: Jun 7, 2019

    Commenting on Theresa May resigning as Conservative leader today, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie said:

    "Few would want to take on Theresa May's position when the country was in turmoil and Parliament deeply divided but she stepped up and did what she thought was right. She deserves credit for that. However, she will be disappointed that she made some important misjudgements during her time at the top and ones that will adversely affect the country for a long time.