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If you are dissapointed with the referendum result and want to take a stand for a liberal, free, fair, democratic Scotland within the UK and the European Union then please consider joining the Scottish Liberal Democrats.

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  • Article: Aug 26, 2016

    Today we called upon the Scottish Government to act seriously over the concerns about Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) after we revealed that Police Scotland had over 850 million records. But what is ANPR and why should we be worried?

    What is ANPR?

    Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) technology is used to help detect, deter and disrupt criminal activity across Scotland. It works by reading your number plates as you drive past and cross-checking it against its records of vehicles of interest. It could help identify if it is stolen or uninsured.

  • Article: Aug 26, 2016

    Today we called on the Scottish Government to adopt a radical new approach to drug misuse and reverse its 20% cut to support services after new figures showed drug-related deaths increased to their highest ever level in 2015.

    The statistics revealed there were 706 drug-related deaths in 2015 - 15% more than in 2014. Drugs ruin lives and break families apart. We need to get to grips with Scotland's drug problem. The current approach has failed. It is time for a change.

  • Article: Aug 26, 2016

    Today the Scottish Government published the latest Government Expenditure and Revenue Scotland statistics - GERS for short.

    These statistics are designed to make it easier to see how much money is raised by taxes in Scotland and how much is spent on government services.

    Why are GERS important?

    GERS gives us an idea of how our economy is doing - and how strong our public finances are. They also show how we are doing in relation to the rest of the UK.

  • Article: Aug 19, 2016

    Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesman Alex Cole-Hamilton today said that wholesale budget cuts will hurt frontline NHS services following reports that health boards are currently axing £400m from budgets.

    An investigation by the Times newspaper revealed health board executives have said that they are being asked to make savings of a magnitude that has not been achieved in the past. NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde are currently consulting on plans for £69 million of savings that could see hospitals and maternity units closed.

  • Article: Aug 19, 2016

    Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesman Liam McArthur MSP today said new figures revealing that Scotland has lost 1000 Fire Service staff since the SNP's centralisation of the service shows the scale of the impact the changes have had on the emergency services.

    Staffing figures released today by the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) revealed a drop of around 1000 staff since the merger of local services. There are now around 700 fewer wholetime and retained firefighters than there were in 2013. The number of support and control staff has fallen by around 300 and the number of volunteers has dropped by almost 20%.

  • Article: Aug 19, 2016

    Scottish Liberal Democrat rural affairs spokesperson Mike Rumbles MSP today urged the Scottish Government to give farmers in Scotland the stability they need.

    Mr Rumbles was speaking as the NFUS wrote to the Cabinet Secretary for Finance Derek Mackay MSP calling on him to guarantee that money received as a result of agriculture spending in other parts of the UK will go to farmers in Scotland.

  • Article: Aug 19, 2016

    Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson, Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has urged that all funds received from the UK Government's sugar tax should be used to encourage an active lifestyle.

    Commenting Mr Cole-Hamilton said:

    "The proceeds of the sugar tax need to be channelled into an initiative to increase participation in sport and physical activity.

    "The Scottish Government needs to take action and not follow in the footsteps of the Conservatives who seem to care more about big business than the well being of our children. The UK Government's wider plan is a woeful attempt to tackle obesity across the country.

  • Article: Aug 19, 2016

    Scottish Liberal Democrat rural affairs spokesperson Mike Rumbles MSP has called on the SNP to deliver on their broadband commitment after an official report by Audit Scotland on superfast broadband today described targets to reach rural areas as 'challenging'.

    The Scottish Government Minister responsible confirmed as much and admitted that more could be done 'at a Scotland level to extend coverage, particularly to rural areas'.

  • Article: Aug 17, 2016

    Scottish Liberal Democrat education spokesman Tavish Scott MSP today criticised the Scottish Government on its failure to issue new guidance on the Government's curriculum before pupils returned to school.

    Cabinet Secretary for education, John Swinney had promised to provide teachers with clear guidance on the curriculum before pupils returned to school this week to help close the attainment gap between students from richer and poorer backgrounds. It was reported today that no such guidance has been issued.

    Commenting, Mr Scott said:

  • Article: Aug 17, 2016

    Commenting as the board of NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde (GGC) approved a consultation on plans that would see maternity units and other NHS facilities shut their doors, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesman Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP said:

    "The health board can consult all they want but it is not hard to imagine the sort of response that they will get to plans that would see doors shut at hospitals and maternity units across Greater Glasgow. We have already seen protests over these savings plans.