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  • Article: Jun 20, 2019

    Scottish Liberal Democrat connectivity spokesperson Mike Rumbles has today warned that no more IT projects must be allowed to spiral out of control as a new report warned of "a significant skills gap" and that "the Scottish Government has not had enough staff to share common lessons learned" from previous projects.

  • Article: Jun 20, 2019

    Scottish Liberal Democrats have today announced that they will vote against the Planning Bill again at Stage 3, the final parliamentary hurdle, blaming "SNP timidity and Tory obstructionism" for the failure to radically overhaul planning in Scotland.

    Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP said:

    "Scottish Liberal Democrats were the only party to oppose the Planning Bill at Stage One because it was obvious that the Bill handed too much power to ministers at the expense of local communities.

  • Article: Jun 19, 2019

    Commenting on this morning's economic figures which show that the Scottish economy grew just 0.5% during the first quarter of 2019, Scottish Liberal Democrat economy spokesperson Katy Gordon said:

    "We need to hear a frank explanation from the SNP as to why Scotland is slipping behind the rest of the UK. They have had 12 years to try and get the Scottish economy up to speed.

  • Article: Jun 19, 2019

    Scottish Liberal Democrat transport spokesperson Mike Rumbles MSP has today reiterated calls for Scotland's rail franchise to be put in fresh hands, after new statistics uncovered through a freedom of information request revealed barely any of the ScotRail services running between Glasgow Queen Street and Edinburgh Waverley meet the 42-minute "standard" journey time.

  • Article: Jun 18, 2019

    Responding to the news that households with a gross income of up to £100,000 are getting help with a new home deposit through the Scottish Government's Help to Buy scheme, Scottish Liberal Democrat housing spokesperson Caron Lindsay commented:

    "People will be surprised to see households with an income of up to £100,000 accessing the SNP Government's Help to Buy scheme. Households with this sort of income should be able to afford to buy a home without the government's help.

  • Article: Jun 18, 2019

    Commenting on a new YouGov poll of Conservative party members which reports that 63% would accept Scotland leaving the UK as the price of Brexit, Scottish Liberal Democrat election campaign chair Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP said:

    "The Conservative party is hopelessly cavalier with the future of the United Kingdom. This poll is a damning indictment of Conservative priorities and a humiliation for Ruth Davidson.

  • Article: Jun 18, 2019

    Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Liam McArthur MSP today grilled Justice Secretary Humza Yousaf on the Scottish Government's "misjudged" decision to sign up to gagging agreement with the SPFL in exchange for access to secret data on sectarianism.

    The data is only being collected because a Scottish Government-appointed expert recommended it be made public to allow for "genuine debate about the extent of sectarian behaviour and attitudes in football".

  • Article: Jun 18, 2019

    Speaking during a Scottish Government statement on cycling in Scotland in the Scottish Parliament today, Scottish Liberal Democrat transport spokesperson Mike Rumbles told MSPs that not enough had been done to deliver on promises to give every school pupil access to cycle training in Scotland.

    Mike Rumbles said:

  • Article: Jun 18, 2019

    Scottish Liberal Democrat energy spokesperson Liam McArthur MSP has today secured amendments to the Climate Change Bill to ensure the additional impact that aviation emissions at high altitudes can have on global warming are taken into account when calculating Scotland's emissions output in future.

    Mr McArthur's amendments force the Scottish Government to regularly consult the Committee on Climate Change and take into account up to date advice on the impact of aviation emissions.

  • Article: Jun 17, 2019

    Commenting on a new report into drug deaths in Tayside last year which revealed that 62 out of 78 people (79.5%) who died as a result of using drugs were recorded as having experienced at least one adverse event during their lifetime, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP said: