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  • Article: Apr 6, 2020

    Scottish Liberal Democrat leader and North East Fife MSP Willie Rennie has appealed to billionaire tax exile Philip Day to reverse the decision of his company Edinburgh Woollen Mill to make five staff redundant at the Cupar Deer Centre.

    Mr Rennie tried for over a week to speak to the company. However when he eventually got through to the company they refused to reverse the decision.

  • Article: Apr 5, 2020

    The MP and MSP for the second home of the Chief Medical Officer have said that it is impossible for the Chief Medical Officer to do her job advising the nation on Covid 19 after she flouted her own advice on non-essential travel.

    Willie Rennie and Wendy Chamberlain said that tension in the East Neuk was already high with holidaymakers and second home owners flocking to the area over the weekend. It added insult to injury that the Chief Medic was one of them.

  • Article: Apr 3, 2020

    Commenting on reports that the Scottish Government has ordered councils to continue giving out free school meals during the Easter holidays, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie said:

    "I'm delighted that the Scottish Government are following in the footsteps of the Liberal Democrat education minister in Wales and guaranteeing there will be food on the table for the children who need it most.

  • Article: Apr 3, 2020

    Responding to confusion over whether the new testing target includes testing carried out in Scotland, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP said:

    "Our health workers deserve clarity over testing targets.

    "Both of Scotland's governments owe it to them and the public to clearly communicate their plans.

  • Article: Apr 3, 2020

    Edinburgh West Liberal Democrat MP Christine Jardine has today praised Jaguar Land Rover for their generous contribution to the coronavirus response, after a number of vehicles the company has deployed to the Red Cross were dispatched to Scotland.

    Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) has deployed almost 60 vehicles to the British Red Cross to deliver medicine and food to vulnerable people including the elderly across the UK. A number of the fleet have been dispatched to Edinburgh.

  • Article: Apr 3, 2020

    Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie has today called on the Scottish Government to support local papers by launching a significant new coronavirus public information campaign and extending the 100% business rates holiday for retail, hospitality and leisure businesses to local media, as he praised their work keeping the public well informed and raising spirits.

  • Article: Apr 3, 2020

    Commenting on Nicola Sturgeon's press conference which announced that more than eight weeks' worth of personal protective equipment will be delivered to GP surgeries this week, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie said:

    "Obviously it would have been better for this equipment to be in place earlier but now the Scottish Government must ensure that it is swiftly delivered to every corner of Scotland. What's more it will be vital that similar supplies are made available for social care workers, care homes and others whose work puts them at risk.
  • Article: Apr 2, 2020

    Commenting on reports that almost a quarter of Scottish Prison Service staff are currently absent from work, Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Liam McArthur MSP said:

    "There is no escaping the fact that Scotland's overcrowded prisons were in crisis before this pandemic hit. Now the difficulty of social distancing in prisons that are well over capacity and a lack of PPE is putting both staff and inmates at increased risk of infection.

  • Article: Apr 2, 2020

    Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie has today called on the Scottish Government to ensure children on free school meals will continue to receive vouchers over the Easter holidays.

    The call follows confirmation from the Welsh Liberal Democrat Education Minister, Kirsty Williams, that children in Wales will also be offered free school meals during the break.

  • Article: Apr 1, 2020

    Edinburgh West Liberal Democrat MP Christine Jardine has today described the cancellation of the five Edinburgh festivals as "devastating for the city".

    Christine Jardine commented:

    "This is devastating news for the performers, organisers, and attendees involved in the festivals and for the city itself.