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  • Article: Apr 23, 2018

    Liberal Democrat Scottish Affairs spokesperson and Edinburgh West MP Christine Jardine will today lead a Westminster Hall debate on the effect of the UK leaving the EU on tourism and the creative industries.

    Speaking ahead of the debate, Ms Jardine said:

    "Tourism and the creative industries are two of the lynchpins of our economy. We cannot allow them to be sacrificed on the altar of Conservative party self-interest.

  • Article: Apr 23, 2018
  • Article: Apr 21, 2018

    The Liberal Democrat Conference has today voted in favour of exploring opportunities to set up shared banking hubs in smaller communities so that people in remote and rural areas can preserve previous access to face-to-face financial services.

    RBS has capitalised on the support of the tax payer and must take a more community-orientated approach.

  • Article: Apr 20, 2018

    The Scottish Liberal Democrat conference has today backed plans to revamp the immigration system, by making it more welcoming and accessible, and to force the UK Government to explicitly recognise the value of EU workers to British businesses, public services and culture.

    Among the proposals, the conference demanded

  • Article: Apr 20, 2018

    The Scottish Liberal Democrat conference has today endorsed plans to tighten licensing for puppy sales and crack down on puppy farming. Sales of puppies from illegal factories in Scotland are estimated to have topped £13m last year.

    Proposals for the Scottish Government include:

    • Banning third party sales of dogs
    • Banning the sale of dogs under 8 weeks old
    • Introducing new licences to cover the sale of pets
    • Increasing maximum penalties for animal cruelty
  • Article: Apr 20, 2018

    The Scottish Liberal Democrat spring conference has today called for a halt to the merger of British Transport Police into Police Scotland and an independent commission to propose legislative solutions to repair the damage caused by the SNP's botched police centralisation.

    Speaking after the debate, Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Liam McArthur MSP said:

  • Article: Apr 20, 2018

    The Scottish Liberal Democrat conference has today endorsed proposals for the government to launch a refreshed cervical cancer screening awareness campaign.

    At present an estimated 4,500 lives are saved by cervical cancer screenings in the UK each year. With early detection almost all cervical abnormalities can be treated.

  • Article: Apr 20, 2018

    Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie will address the party's spring conference today and pay tribute to his party's ability to set the agenda on public policy in Scotland.

    Mr Rennie is expected to say:

    "Through our persistence we have successfully made the case for a liberal, open, progressive Scotland.

  • Article: Apr 19, 2018

    As the Scottish Parliament debates safe injecting facilities, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has reaffirmed his support for such facilities and called for new steps to educate people on the dangers drugs pose and tackle record numbers of drug deaths.

    Mr Cole-Hamilton's amendment to the Government's motion calls for:

  • Article: Apr 19, 2018

    Scottish Liberal Democrat Leader Willie Rennie used his question at FMQs today to lambast the government for its "record of shame" on mental health and call for investment in perinatal mental health services across the country.

    New research by the Maternal Mental Health Alliance has revealed Scotland is trailing behind the rest of the UK in terms of new investment in mental health services for new and expecting mothers and the provision of local specialist services.