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  • Article: May 9, 2019

    In the week that the SNP scrapped its long-held policy to generate more flights and emissions through cutting Air Departure Tax, Scottish Liberal Democrat Leader Willie Rennie pressed the First Minister to now withdraw her government's formal support for Heathrow's third runway.

    The Finance Secretary, Derek Mackay, and the Environment Secretary, Roseanna Cunningham, both avoided answering questions on the topic while being interviewed on Good Morning Scotland yesterday and today.

  • Article: May 9, 2019

    Speaking at the launch of the Scottish Liberal Democrats' campaign for the European elections, party leader Willie Rennie said:

    "People are fed up with Brexit. It has caused division in our country and damaged our economy. Voters now have the chance to make that stop by voting for the Liberal Democrats on 23rd May.

  • Article: May 8, 2019

    Responding to the announcement that a 20p Deposit Return Scheme is to be introduced across Scotland by 2021, Scottish Liberal Democrat energy spokesperson Liam McArthur MSP commented:

    "Scottish Liberal Democrats were the first party to adopt the policy of a nationwide deposit return scheme for the sake of our climate and cleaning up our seas. This is the right thing to do to end our throwaway culture.

  • Article: May 7, 2019

    Responding to the SNP's U-turn on cutting Air Departure Tax, Scottish Liberal Democrat energy spokesperson Liam McArthur MSP said:

    "The Scottish Government's plans to abolish aviation taxes were always based on flawed logic and claims compiled by major airlines and airports. When we asked for the evidence, Keith Brown opted for the low-cost approach of sending us a link to the Easyjet website.

  • Article: May 7, 2019

    Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has criticised ministers for failing to give NHS staff the resources they need as new statistics reveal performance against the 4-hour A&E waiting time target has dropped to 87.4%, meaning the government has failed to meet its own target for 21 consecutive months.

  • Article: May 7, 2019

    Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Liam McArthur MSP today questioned whether the SPA and Police Scotland will revisit the policy of firearms officers keeping guns in the boot of their armed response vehicles.

    This followed his questioning of Minister for Community Safety, Ash Denham, on new statistics which reveal armed police attended 5,000 routine incidents in the last year. The Minister said that matters are being kept under review.

  • Article: May 7, 2019

    Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has called on the Health Secretary to ease NHS pressures after new statistics revealed 490 operations were cancelled in March alone for non-clinical or capacity reasons.

    New figures from ISD Scotland have revealed that 2,508 operations were cancelled in March 2019, accounting for 8.5% of all planned operations.

  • Article: May 6, 2019

    Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Liam McArthur MSP has written to Chair of the Scottish Police Authority, Susan Deacon, urging her to ensure Police Scotland urgently conducts the full staff survey that was originally planned to take place in Autumn 2018, after a recent SPF report revealed parts of the police estate in an unacceptable and dangerous condition.

  • Article: May 2, 2019

    Speaking ahead of the Scottish Conservative conference in Aberdeen, Scottish Liberal Democrat lead MEP candidate and Aberdeenshire resident Sheila Ritchie said:

    "Ruth Davidson returns to the political frontline with all her hard work burning down around her. Her party faces a serious drubbing at both the local and European elections.

  • Article: May 2, 2019

    Commenting after today's Scottish Government defeat on school subject choices, Scottish Liberal Democrat education spokesperson Tavish Scott MSP said:

    "Curriculum for Excellence wasn't meant to narrow subject choice. But, that is exactly what seems to have happened.

    "This isn't by design but by implementation. Teachers are clear that timetabling, funding and teacher numbers are hindering them from being able to deliver for their pupils. All the while, the Government's premier advisers can't seem to offer a shred of concrete detail on what's happening in our schools.