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  • Article: Jan 17, 2020

    Scottish Liberal Democrat education spokesperson Beatrice Wishart MSP today revealed that almost 30,000 attacks on teachers have occurred in the last three years, describing the figures as "incredibly concerning".

    Freedom of information requests by the Scottish Liberal Democrats have found that since 2016/17 there have been 29,439 attacks on teaching staff.

  • Article: Jan 17, 2020

    Commenting on HIAL's planned centralisation of air traffic control services, Orkney MSP Liam McArthur said:

    "It is no secret that the plans to centralise air traffic control services have faced overwhelming resistance in communities across the Highlands & Islands from day one.

    "Yet HIAL's decision to press ahead with these plans appears to have been predetermined from the start, despite serious concerns being raised over cost, reliability and safety. The views of local air traffic control staff in Orkney, and across the network, have been disregarded throughout this process.

  • Article: Jan 16, 2020

    Police Scotland have issued a call for a legal framework to govern how to manage images held by the force - a problem that has been repeatedly highlighted by the Scottish Liberal Democrats.

    In the Scottish Parliament's Sub-Committee on Justice, Temporary Assistant Chief Constable Duncan Sloan said that the current rules around what the police can do with images of the public are "not as clear" as the rules around fingerprints and DNA, and that new governance arrangements would be "absolutely valued and very much welcomed".

  • Article: Jan 16, 2020

    Scottish Liberal Democrat Leader Willie Rennie has today called on the SNP government to "see sense" and immediately withdraw its longstanding support for Heathrow's expansion after it was revealed that the extra flights to Scotland alone would pump out an additional 600,000 tonnes of emissions by 2040.

  • Article: Jan 14, 2020

    Commenting on Boris Johnson's letter to the First Minister refusing another independence referendum, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie said:

    "The 2012 Edinburgh Agreement ensured that there was a legal, fair and decisive vote on independence. The nationalists lost, but rather than spend the subsequent years fixing crises in health and education, they have ignored domestic policy and carried on obsessing over independence.

  • Article: Jan 14, 2020

    Responding to the news that performance against the A&E waiting time target has fallen to 81.8% of patients treated within 4 hours, compared to the 95% target, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP commented:

    "A&E waiting times are suffering a serious and sustained slump. The Government has not reached its own target since July 2017.

  • Article: Jan 13, 2020

    Commenting on the latest turmoil in Scottish Labour, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie said:

    "Richard Leonard's authority was undermined in the election by Jeremy Corbyn. Now he has been undermined by his own Executive in Scotland. It begs the question: is anyone listening to the Leader of the Scottish Labour Party?

  • Article: Jan 9, 2020

    The Scottish Government has, today, backed down from its 2016 election promise to deliver superfast broadband to every home in Scotland by 2021, admitting that the commitment will not be delivered until well into the next Parliament.

    The Scottish Government's connectivity minister told MSPs in the Scottish Parliament today that the Scottish Government's R100 programme will now not be completed until 2023 at the earliest. This marks the third delay to the project announced since 2016.

  • Article: Jan 8, 2020

    Commenting on today's debate on the EU Withdrawal Bill in the Scottish Parliament, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie said:

    "Scottish Liberal Democrats were clear that we would oppose Brexit in all its forms and that is what we will do. I still believe and will continue to make the case that we should make Brexit stop.

  • Article: Jan 7, 2020

    Responding to the news that 724 operations were cancelled during November due to capacity or non-clinical reasons, the highest figure for a year, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP commented:

    "24 people per day are having their operations cancelled through no fault of their own, causing disruption and further pain. It's frustrating for staff too but there simply aren't enough of them to go around.