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  • Article: Feb 13, 2019

    Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie has today written to the Chair of the Scottish Police Authority, the Justice Secretary and the Chief Constable about proposed changes to staff pay and conditions at Police Scotland call centres which he warned would "further threaten the stability and morale of the service centres".

  • Article: Feb 13, 2019

    Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie has today condemned "Conservative neglect and Labour compliance" as a new report from Scotland's Chief Economist warned that Brexit uncertainty is impacting on key economic indicators and a no-deal scenario would lead to a 'major dislocation' to the Scottish economy.

  • Article: Feb 13, 2019

    Exports of Scotch whisky hit a record high last year according to analysis of HMRC data by the Scotch Whisky Association published today.

    Figures show that the European Union remained the largest region for exports, accounting for 30% of global value and 36% of volume.

    Commenting on the figures, Jamie Stone MP, Liberal Democrat Scottish Affairs spokesperson said:

  • Article: Feb 12, 2019

    Commenting on today's A&E performance figures which show that more than 100 patients had to wait for over twelve hours during the week ending 3 February, double the figures for the week before, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP said:

    "Despite the best efforts of hardworking staff, patients are all too often waiting hours on end for treatment.

  • Article: Feb 12, 2019

    Scottish Liberal Democrat leader and North East Fife MSP Willie Rennie has today called for the Scottish Government to support University of St Andrews, its staff and researchers in the wake of a major fire at a cutting edge research building.

    Firefighters responded to a fire in the biomedical sciences building involving suspected hazardous materials on Sunday.

  • Article: Feb 12, 2019

    Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie has today unveiled former Royal Marine Commando Bruce Wilson as the party's prospective parliamentary candidate for Edinburgh North and Leith.

    Bruce served as a Captain in the Royal Marines Commandos before becoming active in politics. Originally from Highland Perthshire, he and his wife now call Edinburgh home and finds it a great place to raise a family. Prior to joining the Armed Forces, Bruce completed an undergraduate degree in Economics and a MSc in Strategic Studies, both from Aberdeen University. Now working as part of Standard Life in a project management role, he loves the work-life balance that Edinburgh brings. In his spare time, he enjoys hill-walking and is enthusiastic about the great outdoors, whatever the weather.

  • Article: Feb 12, 2019

    Edinburgh West MP, Christine Jardine, has today said that large-scale digital exclusion issues show that Universal Credit is not fit for purpose.

    New data from a Huffington Post investigation shows that nearly half a million people needed help to apply for the government's flagship Universal Credit benefit online.

  • Article: Feb 11, 2019

    Responding to Nicola Sturgeon's comments that Scotland will be independent in five years, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie said:

    "People have seen that breaking up political partnerships leads to chaos and confusion. The last thing that most people want is turmoil with independence to top off the chaos of Brexit.

  • Article: Feb 11, 2019

    Responding to the news that Chief Constable Iain Livingstone is to promote Police Scotland as a 'model for the rest of Britain' in Wales this week, Scottish Liberal Democrat Leader Willie Rennie said:

    "It is remarkable that any Chief Constable could claim that the centralisation of the police in Scotland is a shining example for the rest of the United Kingdom.

  • Article: Feb 10, 2019

    In the week of UN International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), Jo Swinson, Deputy Leader of the Liberal Democrats, has today published new statistics which show health boards recording treating women who have experienced FGM, with the numbers concentrated in Scotland's biggest cities.