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  • Article: Apr 18, 2019

    Responding to revelations of "shocking" treatment of patients at the Carseview mental health unit in Tayside, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie said:

    "These horrific reports suggest patients are being mistreated in a potentially life-threatening fashion.

    "Restraint is supposed to be a last resort but the sheer number of occurrences shows that it is anything but.

  • Article: Apr 16, 2019

    Scottish Liberal Democrat MSP and deputy convener of the Equalities and Human Rights Committee Alex Cole-Hamilton has today lodged fresh amendments to the Age of Criminal Responsibility Bill, calling for the Scottish Government to prohibit locking up children in police cells.

    Mr Cole-Hamilton has called for a "children's rights revolution" to ensure that Scotland becomes the best place in the world to grow up.

  • Article: Apr 16, 2019

    Commenting on today's A&E figures which show that more than 300 patients had to wait over 8 hours during the week ending 7 April, and performance against the 4 hour target of just 88.5%, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP said:

    "Despite the best efforts of our hardworking healthcare staff, patients are still too often waiting for hours for treatment.

  • Article: Apr 15, 2019

    Responding to the findings of the new report by Unison and the Jimmy Reid Foundation, which calls for a "fundamental review" of local government funding, Scottish Liberal Democrat communities and local government spokesperson, Cllr Peter Barrett, commented:

    "Just like Holyrood, local councils should have the power to raise the majority of the money that they spend. Looking at a new land value tax and giving them the purse strings would empower them in a way that has been prevented in recent years.

  • Article: Apr 15, 2019

    Scottish Liberal Democrat animal welfare spokesperson Jenny Marr has today praised the Fire & Rescue Service for their diligent and tireless work supporting communities across Scotland, after new research by the Scottish Liberal Democrats revealed the service responded to 2276 callouts for animal-related emergencies between 2013 and 2018.

  • Article: Apr 14, 2019

    Scottish Liberal Democrat Leader Willie Rennie has today has warned of experienced police call handlers could "stream for the exits" as he revealed that over 120 staff have received pay cuts of up to £6,400.

    Now a Scottish Liberal Democrat freedom of information request has revealed that 128 staff face pay cuts of up to £6,400 as a result of changes to back and night shift allowances. The new pay deal came effect on 1 April.

  • Article: Apr 12, 2019

    Responding to Nicola Sturgeon's statement that she will outline her thinking on another independence referendum after the Easter recess, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie said:

    "Brexit or no Brexit, the SNP will always put independence first.

    "The SNP should be working with us to deliver a People's Vote and an end to the constitutional strife that is dividing the UK, not kicking off more chaos of their own making.

  • Article: Apr 11, 2019

    Responding to comments from SNP backbencher Angus MacNeil MP and former deputy leadership contender Chris McEleny demanding a second independence referendum this year, Scottish Liberal Democrat constitutional affairs spokesperson Wendy Chamberlain said:

    "Brexit or no Brexit, SNP fundamentalists will always put independence first.

  • Article: Apr 11, 2019

    Today Leader of the Liberal Democrats Vince Cable has called on the Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition to join him in televised Leaders' debates ahead of the EU election.

    Cable stated that a proper debate is needed ahead of European Parliamentary Elections and the two main parties must clearly show their hand on Brexit. In this election, every vote for the Liberal Democrats is one for a People's Vote with an option to remain in the EU.

    Leader of the Liberal Democrats Vince Cable said:

    "Televised Leaders' debates have become a crucial part of the democratic process ensuring that people get the opportunity to hear each leader put forward their vision for the country.

    "If Labour and the Conservatives believe that their Brexit plans are in the best interest of the country I am sure they will relish the opportunity to have a debate with representatives from all sides of the argument.

    "The EU elections in May will be an opportunity for people to cast a vote against the national embarrassment Brexit has become. Every vote for the Liberal Democrats will be for a People's Vote with an option to remain in the EU."

  • Article: Apr 11, 2019

    Commenting on plans for the Scottish and UK Governments to host an Edinburgh summit to look at how UK companies can benefit more from the build-out of offshore wind farms in UK waters, North East Fife MSP and Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie said:

    "The then SNP Economy Secretary Keith Brown proclaimed the takeover of BiFab by Canadian firm DF Barnes "a very good day" for employees and assured Parliament the firm had no intention of shedding further staff. Only 21 days later the new Scottish Government endorsed owners announced staff cuts.