News (Perth and Kinross Liberal Democrats)
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  • Article: Aug 15, 2018

    Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie has today warned Richard Leonard and Nicola Sturgeon that they are out of step with the people of Scotland as the largest poll of Scotland's attitudes to Brexit since the EU referendum two years ago shows opposition to leaving has strengthened and there is now overwhelming backing for a People's Vote on the outcome of negotiations.

  • Article: Aug 15, 2018

    Commenting on new figures showing that the Scottish economy has grown by just 1.3% in the past year, Scottish Liberal Democrat economy spokesperson Carolyn Caddick said:

    "Derek MacKay is getting rather overexcited over growth of just 1.3% in a year, while Scotland's productivity continues to lag behind.

  • Article: Aug 15, 2018

    Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie has today backed a campaign by children's charities, parents' groups and teaching unions inviting parents to withdraw their children from primary 1 tests of literacy and numeracy.

    The campaign, organised by the Upstart Scotland charity will dispatch 30,000 postcards across the country providing parents with a clear means to withdraw their children from tests.

  • Article: Aug 15, 2018

    Responding to new figures showing that rail fares are set to rise by 3.2% inline with the RPI rate of inflation from January next year, Scottish Liberal Democrat transport spokesperson Mike Rumbles MSP said:

    "The last thing hard up passengers need is another year of rail fare rises soaring above wage increases. People are spending more of their money than ever just to get too and from work.

  • Article: Aug 15, 2018

    Scottish Liberal Democrat MSP Alex Cole-Hamilton has today challenged SNP depute leader and face of his party's new "fact checking" service Keith Brown MSP to correct and confirm his own record.

    Mr Cole-Hamilton pointed to a number of incidents which raise questions over Mr Brown's ability to identify and communicate the truth.

  • Article: Aug 14, 2018

    Responding to the news that radiologists have issued a "red alert" because of a shortage of staff, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP said:

    "It's absolutely appalling that the Scottish Government has taken its eye so far off the ball that Scotland's radiology services could be in danger of collapsing.

  • Article: Aug 13, 2018

    Scottish Liberal Democrat education spokesperson Tavish Scott MSP has today laid out a plan to back teachers with a range of proposals designed to restore the status, strength and resilience of the profession to be discussed at the party's conference next month.

    The party has repeatedly called for McCrone 2 - an independent expert commission to review teachers' terms and the demands placed upon them. In Dunfermline on 8 September, delegates will now be asked to back the Commission designing and delivering better conditions for teachers including:

  • Article: Aug 13, 2018

    Responding to comments from Pussy Riot's Maria Alyokhina condemning western politicians who engage with RT, Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP said:

    "When Alex Salmond started his show I challenged him to feature courageous dissidents like Pussy Riot, who stand up to the Putin regime. Sadly he shirked the challenge.

  • Article: Aug 13, 2018

    Scottish Liberal Democrat Education spokesperson and MSP for Shetland Tavish Scott has written to the Principal of Edinburgh University, Professor Peter Mathieson, criticising the move to award clearing places only to those students identified as being from poorer backgrounds by the Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation (SIMD), a decision which excludes every prospective student from a more deprived background currently living in Shetland.

  • Article: Aug 13, 2018

    Responding to reports that the EIS Union has written to the Education Secretary to demand the scrapping of national testing for P1 pupils, Scottish Liberal Democrat education spokesperson Tavish Scott MSP said:

    "Teachers are quite clear that national testing for five-year-olds is counterproductive and useless. Why is John Swinney still pretending that everything is fine?