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Willie Rennie on the EU

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  • Article: Feb 23, 2017

    In a response to questions lodged by North East MSP Mike Rumbles the Scottish Government Finance Minister has refused to say whether the Scottish Government has made any assessment of how many businesses could fail as a result of the proposed business rates revaluations.

    This week, following sustained pressure from local businesses, press and politicians, the Scottish Government U-turned on planned business rates hike for thousands of medium sized businesses by introducing a National Relief Scheme - limiting the rates rise to 12.5% for 9500 businesses.

  • Article: Feb 23, 2017

    The Scottish Government's Finance Minister has signalled that the Scottish Government are minded to re-open submissions on the public consultation to the Barclay Review Of Business Rates in Scotland.

    In today's Budget Debate in the Scottish Parliament, North East MSP Mike Rumbles called for the consultation to be reopened, following the government U-turn earlier this week, and the Minister spoke positively and said would seriously consider the proposal.

  • Article: Feb 23, 2017

    Scottish Liberal Democrats have condemned a report published today which recommends the end of the real governance board of Highlands and Islands Enterprise.

    Orkney MSP Liam McArthur and Shetland MSP Tavish Scott, who have been campaigning to keep HIE local, have described the proposals as nothing less than "absolute control by Ministers of Highlands & Islands Enterprise.".

  • Article: Feb 23, 2017

    Willie Rennie has criticised the First Minister for continuing confusion on whether the SNP have dropped their policy of 1000 extra police officers.

    Following Questions to the First Minister Willie Rennie said:

    "The First Minister has ditched the 1000 extra police officers policy that she boasted about for years but doesn't have the courage to tell anyone.

  • Article: Feb 23, 2017

    Scottish Liberal Democrat deputy leader and MP for Orkney and Shetland, Alistair Carmichael has today called for the UK Government to clarify whether it will support Guantanamo Bay remaining open.

    This call comes in the aftermath of the news that Jamal Al-Harith, who was held and tortured in the detention camp for two years, without charge, had become radicalised and joined ISIL, and committed a suicide attack in Mosul earlier this month.

  • Article: Feb 23, 2017

    Speaking ahead of today's stage three debate on the draft budget, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie MSP said:

    "Today's budget is a missed opportunity. Whilst the brand new tax powers sit idle the budget fails to deliver a transformational investment in education and a step change in mental health services that the people want and the economy needs.

  • Article: Feb 22, 2017

    Responding to the phase 2 Audit and Assurance Review of Stop and Search published today by HM Inspectorate of Constabulary for Scotland, Liberal Democrat Justice Spokesperson Liam McArthur MSP said:

    "Today's report confirms again that the number of so-called consensual searches, the intrusive and unjustified searches that used to make up the bulk of this activity, has fallen significantly. A reminder of how unwarranted this conduct was in the first place.

  • Article: Feb 22, 2017

    Commenting on the announcement from the BBC today on the creation of a new BBC Scotland channel, Scottish Liberal Democrat culture spokesperson Cllr Eileen McCartin said:

    "The BBC is one of the finest institutions in the UK and has injected news, entertainment and culture to living rooms across the UK for decades.

  • Article: Feb 22, 2017

    Scottish Liberal Democrat transport spokesperson Mike Rumbles MSP today said the reduction in bus use under the SNP has been "dramatic", after new figures showed it has fallen by 80 million journeys a year.

    Figures published today by Transport Scotland showed the number of bus journeys has fallen from "a peak" of 487 million in 2007-08, when Liberal Democrats left government, to 409 million in 2015-16.

    Commenting Mr Rumbles said:

  • Article: Feb 22, 2017

    Responding to new UK growth figures released today, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie MSP said that a fall in business investment is yet another sign that Brexit is bad for business.

    Mr Rennie said:

    "These new figures shows that while the Conservatives are hell bent on taking Britain out of the European Union, businesses are under severe pressure.