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Willie Rennie on the EU

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  • Article: Feb 21, 2017

    Responding to this afternoon's statement by the Finance Secretary on support for business and the economy, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie MSP said:

    "Finally the Scottish Government has realised the seriousness of the problems facing businesses across Scotland. In 2010 the SNP and Conservatives voted down a cap of 12.5% at the last revaluation, so I welcome their change of heart this time.

  • Article: Feb 21, 2017

    Commenting as new figures showed the first rise in a decade in the mortality rates for heart disease and cerebrovascular disease (of which a stroke is the most common form), Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP said:

    "We can't allow the progress that we have seen in tackling heart disease and strokes to slide.

  • Article: Feb 21, 2017

    Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Liam McArthur MSP has voiced concerns in light of new statistics that show courts ignore expert social work recommendations in two thirds of cases when handing down custodial sentences.

    National Statistics released today show that, despite social workers' reports recommending custodial sentences in just 5% of cases, custodial sentences accounted for 17% of report outcomes in 2015/16.

  • Article: Feb 21, 2017

    Speaking ahead of today's Scottish Parliament debate on the Scottish Rates Resolution, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie MSP said

    "Scottish Liberal Democrats will make the strong case for modest tax rises to boost the economy. We want a modest penny on income tax to invest £500 million in education but also investment in mental health and our police service. That's what we put forward and held firm on during the budget negotiations.

  • Article: Feb 20, 2017

    In his address to the David Hume Institute this evening, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie MSP will say that the SNP would do anything for independence, including betraying those that voted remain in the EU referendum.

    Mr Rennie will point to the changing rhetoric of the SNP over EU membership, demonstrating that they are only using the Brexit vote to further their own nationalist cause which would leave an independent Scotland outside the EU.

  • Article: Feb 20, 2017

    Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Liam McArthur MSP today revealed SNP ministers have no record of the location of thousands of air weapons awaiting licenses, describing it as "a serious misfire".

    While thousands of applicants wait for certification, they have been advised "to keep their air weapon either with someone who has an air weapon, firearm or shot gun certificate, or a registered firearms dealer - to avoid committing an offence".

  • Article: Feb 19, 2017

    In his address to the David Hume Institute on Monday, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie MSP is set to say that giving the people a say on the terms of Brexit is the democratic thing to do and that Liberal Democrats will continue to fight to ensure democracy is seen throughout the Brexit process.

  • Article: Feb 18, 2017

    Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP today criticised health bosses after new research revealed almost 20,000 patients waited over 4 hours for treatment at the flagship Queen Elizabeth University Hospital (QEUH) since it opened.

    New analysis from Scottish Liberal Democrats shows that since QEUH opened its doors in May 2015:

  • Article: Feb 17, 2017

    Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie MSP has today written to the Finance Secretary to propose changes to Police Scotland that would see its VAT bill abolished.

    However, the letter also makes clear that Police Scotland incurring VAT has occurred as a direct consequence of the Scottish Government's centralisation drive.

  • Article: Feb 17, 2017

    Responding to Tony Blair's speech to the pro-European campaign group, Open Britain, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie said:

    "Tony Blair is right about Europe but wrong about independence.

    "The Conservative's hard Brexit is bad for Britain's economy which is why the public need the final say on the deal.