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  • Article: Apr 1, 2020

    Responding to the announcement that the Scottish Government has withdrawn the section of the Coronavirus (Scotland) Bill that would suspend jury trials in Scotland, Scottish Liberal Democrat MSP Alex Cole-Hamilton, who lodged amendments objecting to the plans, said:

    "The Scottish Government's sharp u-turn on its plans to end jury trials is important.

  • Article: Mar 31, 2020

    The Liberal Democrats have called for all foreign national NHS workers risking their lives during the Covid-19 pandemic to be awarded indefinite leave to remain.

    The call follows reports that doctors, nurses and paramedics will automatically have their visas extended, free of charge, for one year.

  • Article: Mar 31, 2020

    Responding to the government's announcement that it will postpone plans to offer parents 1140 hours of free childcare by August 2020, Scottish Liberal Democrat education spokesperson Beatrice Wishart MSP said:

    "As we try to get our economy back on its feet after this crisis the nursery care provision will be more important than ever to help parents get back to work and rebuild their businesses.

  • Article: Mar 30, 2020

    Edinburgh West Liberal Democrat MP Christine Jardine welcomed the UK Government's commitment of £75m to make sure Brits stranded abroad get home safely, but criticised the delay and sought assurances that more will be done if necessary.

    Christine Jardine commented:

    "The news that the government is committing significant sums to rescue flights will bring relief to thousands of Brits trapped abroad at this worrying time.

  • Article: Mar 26, 2020

    Responding to the Chancellor's announcement that the self-employed will receive 80% of their income up to £2,500, mirroring measures already in place to support those in employment, Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie said:

    "The Chancellor's offering to the self-employed will make a material difference to the stability of thousands of families across the UK.

  • Article: Mar 26, 2020

    Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Liam McArthur MSP has today written to the Justice Secretary calling for the Scottish Government to look at ways it can mitigate the impact of coronavirus on the prison service including reforms to remand and offering prisons access to telephone services to alleviate unrest as a result of longer periods of isolation.

  • Article: Mar 26, 2020

    Responding to the Health Secretary outlining the planning around continuing vital cancer care, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP commented:

    "For patients going through cancer treatment and their families this is an immensely worrying time.

    "The distressing reality is that other illnesses will not push pause while we deal with this crisis.

  • Article: Mar 26, 2020

    Reacting to news that HIAL will close its airports to non-essential flights, Alistair Carmichael MP and Beatrice Wishart MSP have given their reaction.

    Alistair Carmichael MP said:

    "In recent days many local people have contacted me to voice their concern that flights remained open to everyone including tourists, long after ferry services moved to only allow essential travel.

  • Article: Mar 26, 2020

    Commenting on today's column in the Scotsman from East Lothian MP Kenny Macaskill in which he calls for a "reckoning" in the SNP and says that resignations should take place "quietly under the cover of coronavirus", Scottish Liberal Democrat MP Christine Jardine said:

    "I am appalled that once again senior SNP figures seem to care more about internal bickering than the public good. With a national crisis facing us, perhaps Alex Salmond's proxies should put the settling of grievances aside and focus on supporting and reassuring their constituents.

  • Article: Mar 26, 2020

    Speaking after the Scottish Parliament approved a legislative consent motion, enabling the introduction of emergency powers to tackle the coronavirus crisis, Mr Rennie said:

    "This is a national emergency and emergency powers are clearly necessary to keep individuals and communities safe from the virus at this time.