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  • Article: Dec 7, 2018

    Responding to reports that the Royal Bank of Scotland is to shift £13 billion worth of business to the Netherlands if the UK crashes out of the European Union with no deal, Scottish Liberal Democrat Leader Willie Rennie said:

    "There has never been a Conservative government more hostile to British business. RBS couldn't be any clearer: Brexit is a bad idea and a no-deal Brexit will have home grown companies running for the hills.

  • Article: Dec 7, 2018

    Scottish Liberal Democrat MSP Alex Cole-Hamilton has today lodged a motion calling for the Scottish Parliament to be empowered to hold the Scottish Government in contempt, following the historic vote in Westminster this week and in light of the Education Secretary continuing with the policy of P1 national testing in breach of an instruction from the Scottish Parliament to halt it.

  • Article: Dec 6, 2018

    Scottish Liberal Democrat transport spokesperson Mike Rumbles has today attacked the Scottish Government's management of the AWPR contract, after a Scottish Parliament committee was told that the project could now cost up to £1 billion.

    At this morning's Rural Affairs and Connectivity committee, Stephen Tarr of Balfour Beatty said that the AWPR project could now cost up to £1 billion. It was also confirmed that if additional claims are not settled by Transport Scotland, contractors may seek to launch a legal challenge if no agreement is reached.

  • Article: Dec 6, 2018

    Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton has today said that new leadership at NHS Tayside must tackle deep-rooted failures as a new report from the Auditor General warned that "urgent action is needed" to address NHS Tayside's financial position.

    The Auditor General's report on NHS Tayside's audited accounts for 2017/18 found:

  • Article: Dec 6, 2018

    For two years the Liberal Democrats have led the fight to give the people the final say on Brexit and the opportunity to Exit from Brexit.

    Tuesday's vote is the best chance yet to secure a People's Vote and the Liberal Democrats will be using every opportunity to demand better than Brexit.

    The Conservatives have made a mess of Brexit, aided and abetted by the Labour leadership.

  • Article: Dec 6, 2018
    By Sir Ed Davey MP

    To try and sell a plan that would rob us of many vital cross-border crime-fighting tools on the basis of national security takes quite the brass neck.

    Consider the European Arrest Warrant. It enables us to bring criminals who've fled our shores back to justice in the UK, as well as to extradite thousands of others to face justice in other European countries.

  • Article: Dec 6, 2018

    Speaking after the Scottish Parliament voted for a cross-party motion, rejecting the Prime Minister's Brexit deal and ruling out a no-deal Brexit, Scottish Liberal Democrat Europe spokesperson Tavish Scott MSP said:

    "The Scottish Tories are the last people defending Theresa May's deal. Few Tory MP's in London do.

  • Article: Dec 5, 2018

    Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie has today said that the Scottish Parliament's imminent rejection of the Prime Minister's deal and a no deal scenario will demonstrate the "rising tide" of support for a People's Vote.

    The SNP, Labour, the Scottish Greens and the Liberal Democrats in the Scottish Parliament have agreed a motion, opposing the Prime Minister's Withdrawal Agreement and Political Declaration.

  • Article: Dec 5, 2018
    By Bansri Buddhdev

    Parliament found the Conservative Government in contempt over its failure to release their Brexit legal advice

    Yesterday, Parliament found the Conservative Government in contempt over its failure to release their Brexit legal advice.

    So they are publishing the full advice this morning - and our team of experts are ready to pour over the detail and find out what they were trying to hide.

  • Article: Dec 5, 2018
    By Rhys Taylor

    At our 2018 Spring Conference the Welsh Liberal Democrats followed in the footsteps of our Scottish friends and passed policy calling on Welsh Government to overhaul its guidance on school uniforms to make then more inclusive for trans and non-binary young people.

    I am proud to be in a party where members' shape our policy - and can directly make a real difference in peoples' lives.