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  • Article: Oct 18, 2019

    Scottish Liberal Democrat transport spokesperson Mike Rumbles MSP has today warned that rail staff should not have to fear violence as he revealed that the British Transport Police (BTP) have been called to more than 1,400 violent incidents directed at staff in the past five years.

    A Scottish Liberal Democrat freedom of information request revealed that BTP officers have attended 1,438 incidents in Scotland involving members of the public displaying violent behaviour towards railway staff, since 2014/15.

  • Article: Oct 18, 2019

    Responding to the announcement that, after campaigning by the Scottish Liberal Democrats and others, the Scottish Government will introduce a charge on single-use cups, Scottish Liberal Democrat environment spokesperson Rebecca Bell said:

    "Scottish Liberal Democrats have been called for a latte levy for some time so this is a step in the right direction.

  • Article: Oct 17, 2019

    Commenting on reports that a deal has been agreed between the EU and the UK government, the Leader of the Liberal Democrats Jo Swinson, said:

    "The fight to stop Brexit is far from over.

    "Boris Johnson's deal would be bad for our economy, bad for our public services, and bad for our environment.

    "The next few days will set the direction of our country for generations, and I am more determined than ever to stop Brexit.

    "When this deal comes to Parliament we will use every possible opportunity to give the public a People's Vote on the Brexit deal that includes the option to remain in the European Union."

  • Article: Oct 16, 2019

    Scottish Liberal Democrat education spokesperson Beatrice Wishart has today demanded the Education Secretary take urgent action to cut the "unreasonable" distances between classes, after new research by the Liberal Democrats revealed pupils have been forced to travel 40 mile trips to study basic core subjects.

  • Article: Oct 16, 2019

    Orkney and Shetland MP Alistair Carmichael has reacted with concern to reports that the SNP spent more on the recent Shetland by-election than in the entire EU referendum campaign. The party spent £99,000 on the Shetland by-election (of a spending limit of £100,000), compared to just over £90,000 in the 2016 referendum (13% of the limit).

  • Article: Oct 15, 2019

    Today, the Liberal Democrats have tabled an amendment to the Queen's speech to put any deal that comes back from Brussels to a People's Vote.

    If selected, this amendment would be voted on early next week.

    Following tabling the amendment, Leader of the Liberal Democrats Jo Swinson said:

    "The Liberal Democrats are the strongest party of Remain and have been the leading voice in the People's Vote campaign.

    "Boris Johnson is determined to have a general election, but the best way to resolve the Brexit chaos is to have a People's Vote and give the British people the final say about their future.

    "The best deal we have is as members of the European Union and we want to give the people the chance to choose to stop Brexit."

  • Article: Oct 15, 2019

    Responding to Nicola Sturgeon's conference speech, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie said:

    "The SNP leader's boast of a positive economic future for Scotland after Brexit is just fantasy economics. It contradicts the SNP's own Growth Commission that guaranteed cuts and tax rises.

    "Independence will be bad for Scotland just like Brexit because breaking up long term economic partnerships is very hard to do.

  • Article: Oct 15, 2019

    Commenting on the embargoed extracts of Nicola Sturgeon's conference speech, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie said:

    "Nicola Sturgeon has shown she has given up on all those people across the UK trying to stop Brexit.

    "Instead of uniting across the country the SNP yesterday ruled out any co-operation unless they get independence and today they are planning on making use of a border between Scotland and England for pretended benefits.

  • Article: Oct 15, 2019

    Commenting on today's unemployment figures, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie said:

    "The rise in unemployment and the crash of those in work in Scotland should ring alarm bells.

    "Scottish ministers have become complacent. The damage of Brexit will cost jobs.

    "The UK and Scottish governments need to recognise the damage that Brexit will do, and commit to a positive investment in education and mental health to boost productivity and secure jobs."

  • Article: Oct 15, 2019

    Responding to the news that performance against the A&E waiting time target has fallen to its lowest level since March 2018, with only 85.4% of patients treated within 4 hours compared to the 95% target, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP commented:

    "The government's A&E performance target has been missed for years on end and now we are seeing the worse figures for more than 18 months.