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  • Article: Jul 22, 2014

    Leader of the Scottish Liberal Democrats Willie Rennie has said thatWillie RennieWillie Rennie the opening of the Commonwealth Games this evening stands to serve as one of Glasgow's finest hours as the city commences two weeks of sporting events, with more than 4,500 athletes from across the Commonwealth expected to take part.

    Mr Rennie, who will be attending the opening and closing ceremonies as well as badminton and athletics has said that the city had built strong foundations for a positive Games legacy which could see thousands more young Scots take up sports in the wake of the Games.

    Speaking ahead of the opening ceremony this evening, Mr Rennie said:

    "The opening of the eagerly awaited Games this evening stands to serve as one of Glasgow's finest hours. Having lived in the city for many years as a student I know that the people of Glasgow will warmly welcome the many people who have arrived in the city from across the world.

    "I'm looking forward to taking part in the celebrations and to watching the world's finest athletes compete in the friendly city. The organisers, volunteers and indeed everyone who have been involved in one way or another can be proud of their work in making the Games happen. Glasgow has built strong foundations for a positive Games legacy which could see thousands more young Scots take up sports in the wake of the Games.

    "I wish everyone in Team Scotland, and all of the Commonwealth teams the best of luck for these events which many have spent years practising for."

  • Article: Jul 18, 2014

    Scottish Liberal Democrat Leader Willie Rennie MSP today said thatWillie RennieWillie Rennie people in the north of England will not be taken in by warm words from the First Minister over his independence plans.

    Speaking after First Minister's speech at the International Festival for Business in Liverpool, Mr Rennie argued that the SNP's independence tax plans were based on undercutting the north of England and amounted to little more than a 'cross-border economic raid'.

    Commenting, Mr Rennie said:

    "People in Liverpool will not be taken in by the First Minister's warm words. They understand full well that his entire economic plan is based on undercutting the north of England on corporation tax in a policy gamble that would cut tax revenues and public sector jobs.

    "The SNP's corporation tax policy is nothing more than a cross-border economic raid. It is designed to strip investment out of England."

  • Article: Jul 17, 2014

    Scottish Liberal Democrat MP Danny Alexander is seeking a meeting withDanny AlexanderDanny Alexander Police Scotland chief constable Sir Stephen House to discuss local concerns over the routine deployment of armed police in the Highlands.

    Speaking after reports that armed police had been called to a disturbance in a fast food restaurant in Inverness, Mr Alexander said that Police Scotland must prove they have the flexibility to provide the sort of service that the Highlands deserves.

    Last month, Highland Council backed a Liberal Democrat motion calling on Police Scotland to review their policy on the use of armed officers.

    Mr Alexander has asked people in the Highlands who have concerns over the routine deployment of armed officers to contact him with their experiences.

    Commenting, Danny Alexander MP said:

    "It is perfectly understandable that shoppers and revellers would be surprised to see officers with fire-arms on the beat.

    "Clearly people's concerns are about far more than poor communication from the SNP and Police Scotland. It's about meeting the needs and expectations of community policing in the Highlands.

    "Those of us that opposed the centralisation Scotland's police force feared the impact a one-size-fits-all approach would have. Now Police Scotland must prove that they have the flexibility needed to provide the sort of service that the Highlands needs and deserves.

    "I am seeking a meeting with Sir Stephen House, the Chief Constable, and over the coming weeks I will be asking people and businesses in the Highlands to contact me with their experiences."

  • Article: Jul 15, 2014

    Lib Dem peer and former MSP, Jeremy Purvis, will tomorrow co-chair theJeremy PurvisJeremy Purvis first meeting of the new All Party Parliamentary Group on Reform, Decentralisation, and Devolution in the United Kingdom.

    The cross party group has been established with fellow co-chair and Labour peer Lord Foulkes.

    Co-Chair of the All-Party Group, Lord Purvis said:

    "The very existence of the United Kingdom is being tested this year with the Scottish referendum. The new All Party Group is designed to create the space in Parliament where we can discuss, debate and decide the future shape of the UK. I am really delighted that our first meeting has such significant figures taking part. It shows both the seriousness of the issue and the opportunities ahead for us."

    The first public meeting brings together Sir Menzies Campbell MP and Shadow Scottish Secretary, Margaret Curran MP, former leader of the Welsh Conservatives, Lord Bourne, and other prominent figures in the debate on UK governance. Widely respected historian professor Lord Tennessy has accepted Jeremy's invitation to chair the panel discussions of the figures from each party to discuss the future of the UK.

    Jeremy added:

    "Scottish Liberal Democrats under Willie Rennie's leadership have been central in the debate on further strengthening the Scottish Parliament in the event of a No vote. The group I am co-chairing will be taking forward the wider cross party discussions on the way forward both for Scotland but also the whole of the UK. It will specifically be considering reform to the Westminster institutions and how the relationships between the nations, and governance within England can be improved."

  • Article: Jul 15, 2014

    Scottish Liberal Democrat peer Jeremy Purvis today said it is now clearJeremy PurvisJeremy Purvis that independence would leave Scotland facing the prospect of a minimum of 3 years outside the EU single market.

    His comments followed reports that the new President of the EU Commission stated "there will be no new enlargement in the next five years" during a speech leading to his confirmation vote in Strasbourg today.

    Just days ago, nationalist MEP Alyn Smith described Jean-Claude Juncker, who was confirmed as the new President of the EU Commission this afternoon, as a man the SNP could do business with.

    Commenting, Jeremy Purvis said:

    "Just days ago the SNP said Jean-Claude Juncker was a man they could do businesses with, but it seems that he has no intention of doing business with them.

    "The new President of the EU Commission has made clear that a vote to leave the United Kingdom would be a vote for a long process of negotiation over EU membership that could take many years to conclude.

    "Taking the SNP's independence day as a starting point, on the timetable set out by Mr Juncker today an independent Scotland would face a minimum of 3 years outside of the world's biggest single market. The SNP need to come clean with Scots over what this would mean for jobs."

  • Article: Jul 15, 2014

    Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesman Jim Hume MSP has repeatedJim HumeJim Hume his call for parity between mental and physical health services to be enshrined in law after new figures showed an increase in the number of Scots dying as a result of self-harm.

    Figures from NHS boards revealed through parliamentary questions showed that the number of deaths from intentional self-harm increased by around 8% between 2011 and 2012. The number of people aged 60 or over dying as a result of self-harm rose by more than 50% over this period.

    Commenting, Jim Hume MSP said:

    "These sobering figures show just how important it is that people suffering with self-harm are receiving the support they need. Self-harm is clearly a complex issue and there are no quick fixes here. But what we must do is work to ensure that health services - particularly mental health services - are available to those who need them at the right time.

    "The increase in the number of older people dying from intentional self-harm is also a real concern. Scotland's ageing population presents our NHS with a huge challenge. It is important that mental health services are not ignored when Ministers look to the future.

    "All too often mental health services are the poor relation of our NHS and currently a postcode lottery in access to crucial psychological therapies means that waiting times often have more to do with geography than clinical need. This needs to end, which is why Liberal Democrats have called for equality between mental and physical health care to be enshrined in law."

  • Article: Jul 14, 2014

    Scottish Liberal Democrat MSP Tavish Scott today said that SNPTavish ScottTavish Scott Ministers should use the powers they already have to help rural Scotland rather than making more empty promises of support.

    Shetland MSP Mr Scott was speaking after the Scottish Government pledged to create a Rural Connectivity Commission in the event of a vote for independence.

    Commenting, Mr Scott said:

    "Scottish Government Ministers have systematically taken power away from rural communities and pushed through reforms that have led to the closure of key public services like local Police stations and courts. People in rural areas will take these latest promises with a very substantial pinch of salt.

    "The Northern Isles Digital Forum brings together broadband organisations and local people to develop solutions to Island needs. Alistair Carmichael, Liam McArthur and I have worked to make sure that the UK and Scottish Government investment works for the islands.

    "Perhaps instead of yet another independence bribe, the Nationalists could use the power they have had for 7 years as a government rather than simply make more empty promises. People in places like Shetland need to see Ministers using the powers they already have to deliver for rural Scotland."

  • Article: Jul 10, 2014

    Scottish Liberal Democrat MSP Jim Hume has welcomed an increase in theJim HumeJim Hume number of Scottish young people applying for a place at university but warned that more must be done to help those from disadvantaged backgrounds benefit from Higher Education.

    Mr Hume was speaking after the publication of new figures which showed that the number of young Scots applying to Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) in Scotland and the rest of the UK increased by 2% in 2014.

    Commenting, Mr Hume said:

    "We know that university applications from 18 year olds have been increasing in every part of the UK but this rise in the number of young Scots seeking to enter higher educations is to be welcomed.

    "What we need to see now is further action to increase the number of young people from disadvantaged backgrounds who can benefit from higher education. Despite the nationalist rhetoric, after 7 years of SNP government fewer young people from the most disadvantaged backgrounds are applying to university in Scotland than in the rest of the UK.

    "Our universities have built a global reputation underpinned by quality research supported by funding shared across the UK. With senior academics raising questions over what independence would mean for Research Council funds and the EU Commission warning that the SNP could leave our higher education sector facing a £150 million funding gap, the best way to protect the things we share as part of the UK is to remain part of the UK."

  • Article: Jul 10, 2014

    Scottish Liberal Democrat peer Jeremy Purvis today described new oilJeremy PurvisJeremy Purvis and gas estimates from the independent Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) as a hammer blow to the nationalist's economic credibility.

    In a letter to the convenor of the Scottish Parliament Finance Committee, Robert Chote, chair of the OBR, outlined revisions to their central projections of oil and gas revenues that would reduce North Sea income by £20.6 billion by 2040-41.

    Commenting, Jeremy Purvis said:

    "What these figures underline is the folly of basing your entire economic policy on a volatile and declining resource. The gap between the oil and gas assumptions upon which the SNP based the White Paper and the independent assessment of the OBR is now wider than it has ever been.

    "There is now a near universal view from experts that an independent Scotland would have to raise taxes or cut spending further than the rest of the UK to pay for the SNP's plans. These new projections are another hammer blow to the nationalist's economic credibility. It is time we saw a little honesty from the Yes camp about what their plans would mean for spending on key public services."

  • Article: Jul 8, 2014

    Liberal Democrat Peer Jeremy Purvis today said reports that the FirstJeremy PurvisJeremy Purvis Minister called the Chairman of Scottish Financial Enterprise (SFE) to warn against the publication of a referendum briefing paper point towards a culture of intimidation that goes to the top of the SNP.

    Media reports also revealed allegations that the First Minister and Finance Secretary John Swinney rang senior executives of SFE companies expressing SNP concerns over the paper.

    Commenting, Jeremy Purvis said:

    "SFE represent companies that employ 200,000 people across the country. It is absolutely right that they should have the chance to engage with the referendum debate in the way that they see fit without fear of reprisal.

    "The fact that the First Minister and the Finance Secretary felt the need to discourage SFE from seeking to keep their members informed of what the consequences of leaving the UK would be for a key Scottish industry is hugely concerning.

    "We knew Ministers and figures within the First Minister's office have been quick to lean on businesses, professors and other groups that do not share their constitutional views. These latest revelations paint a picture of a culture of intimidation that goes right to the top of the SNP."