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  • Article: Feb 26, 2020

    Commenting on the budget deal announced between the SNP and the Green Party, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie said

    "Just like last year and the year before the Greens have capitulated to the SNP Government, conceding their headline demands yet again.

    "This budget leaves the police with a shortfall of tens of millions of pounds and the hard-pressed service with real problems.

  • Article: Feb 26, 2020

    Figures published by Transport Scotland today show that the amount of people cycling, walking and using buses as a share of all journeys made in Scotland, has continued to decline. Meanwhile the share of people choosing to travel by car or plane has increased year on year.

    The total number of journeys made by bus fell to 380 million for the first time, in 2018. It is also very unlikely that the Scottish Government will reach its target to increase the number of journeys made by bicycle to 10% by 2020. The present share of journeys made by bicycle is stagnant at 1.4%.

  • Article: Feb 26, 2020

    Commenting on the publication of the remit for the review of curriculum for excellence, Scottish Liberal Democrat education spokesperson Beatrice Wishart MSP said:

    "A proper review of Curriculum for Excellence is long overdue. However this review must not be used as an excuse to ignore falling attainment and pin the blame on local authorities.

  • Article: Feb 25, 2020

    Responding to the news that the First Minister's legally-binding Treatment Time Guarantee law has now been broken 272,293 times, with the 12 week standard only being achieved for 71.9% of patients in the quarter ending 31 December 2019, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP commented:

  • Article: Feb 25, 2020

    Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Liam McArthur MSP has today called on ministers to ensure sufficient resources are in place to swiftly support domestic abuse victims and for them to be given new housing rights, after new statistics revealed 2018-19 saw the highest number of incidents recorded by police.

  • Article: Feb 25, 2020

    Commenting on falls in the proportions of young people leaving school with one or more subjects at SCQF level 4 through to 7, Scottish Liberal Democrat education spokesperson Beatrice Wishart MSP said:

    "Pass rates fluctuate year on year but falls across the board expose the serious challenges facing Scottish education.

  • Article: Feb 25, 2020

    The Liberal Democrats will today present a Bill with cross-party support which would require the Government offer Hong Kong citizens the right to live in the UK.

    The move by the Liberal Democrats, whose former leader Paddy Ashdown led the argument for securing the right of abode if China ever reneged the Sino-British declaration, comes after a year of clashes and violence between the police and pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong.

    Speaking ahead of presenting the Bill, Liberal Democrat Foreign Affairs Spokesperson Alistair Carmichael warned "If there ever were a time for us to act in support of Hong Kong, it is now."

    The Bill, which has cross-party support, would re-open the offer of a British National Overseas (BNO) passports for Hong Kong citizens and extend the scheme to provide the "right of abode", allowing a person to live or work indefinitely in the UK.

    Liberal Democrat Foreign Affairs Spokesperson Alistair Carmichael said:

    "If there ever were a time for us to act in support of Hong Kong, it is now. China has repeatedly undermined Hong Kong's democracy. There have been repeated reports of police brutality against Hong Kong citizens since the start of protests last spring.

    "Boris Johnson's slogan of 'Global Britain' is meaningless if his Government is timid in the area of international human rights.

    "We must make our voice heard on essential values such as the rule of law and liberal democracy. If the Conservative Government intends to give substance to its global rhetoric, it should put its weight behind the Bill."

  • Article: Feb 24, 2020

    Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has today said that the Scottish Government should radically overhaul their drug policy, stop sending those caught with drugs for personal use to prison and instead ensure that medical services are available to assist those who misuse drugs.

  • Article: Feb 21, 2020

    Scottish Liberal Democrat transport spokesperson Mike Rumbles MSP has today criticised the Scottish Government's air travel record, after new information uncovered by the party through a freedom of information request revealed 21,000 flights have been taken since 2015.

    Core Scottish Government staff have taken 7,246 international flights and 13,674 domestic flights.

  • Article: Feb 21, 2020

    The NHS should be at the heart of the case for United Kingdom according to the Leader of the Scottish Liberal Democrats.

    Willie Rennie will tell the These Islands Conference in Newcastle that the case for Scotland's place in the United Kingdom should show how caring and compassionate the people of our country have been collectively. He will say that the pro-UK campaigners should not be shy about our common achievements like the NHS and should reach out to talk about issues beyond the economic strength that comes with a single UK market.