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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.

Willie Rennie on the EU

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  • 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.

  • Article: Feb 15, 2017

    Responding to the warning from doctors that radiology is "on the brink of collapse", putting patient safety at risk, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP said:

    "Hospitals can quickly become congested unless there are sufficient numbers of radiologists.

    "This is the latest warning of a crisis in our NHS. Nurses say we are juggling with demographic time-bomb, charities tell us shortfalls in mental health care are leaving children in distress and A&E targets have been missed time and time again.

  • Article: Feb 15, 2017

    Scottish Liberal Democrat education spokesperson Tavish Scott MSP has today criticised the Scottish Government's over their 'Thatcherite' policy of school testing after it was revealed that data released by the Scottish Government is already resulting in classrooms being pitted against each other.

    The comments come after a report in the Times today revealed that shortly after the first set of results on school testing were published in December a stage by stage analysis with separate statistics for P1, P4 and P7 was sneaked out, making it possible in some cases to identify the work of individual classes and teachers.

  • Article: Feb 15, 2017

    Responding to the increase in unemployment, Scottish Liberal Democrat economy spokesperson Cllr Carolyn Caddick said:

    "It is concerning to see unemployment rise in Scotland while it falls in the rest of the UK. With the SNP upping the rhetoric on independence and the Tories jumping off a hard Brexit cliff the Scottish economy is suffering from a double whammy of uncertainty.

  • Article: Feb 15, 2017

    Responding to revelations that the SNP headquarters is set to benefit from the proposed changes to business rates, Scottish Liberal Democrat business manager Mike Rumbles MSP said:

    "The news that the headquarters of the SNP is set to gain from their proposed changes to business rates will leave a bitter taste in the mouth of many businesses. While some businesses are now having to contemplate their future due to these changes it turns out the SNP will profit from it. I wonder if they will now provide more support to their Banff and Buchan branch who couldn't afford a hotel room because of the changes to business rates.

  • Article: Feb 14, 2017

    Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton has today criticised the Scottish Government after it was revealed that a new Suicide Prevention Strategy won't be published until late 2017 or early 2018, a year after the old strategy has expired.

    Responding to a parliamentary question from Mr Cole-Hamilton, the Scottish Government confirmed that even though the Suicide Prevention Strategy expired in December 2016, consultation on a replacement strategy won't begin until the spring of this year. This follows the delay in the publication of the new Mental Health Strategy which is yet to be published despite the old strategy expiring in December 2015.

  • Article: Feb 14, 2017

    Responding to calls from The Chartered Institute of Taxation (CIOT) for more information on the proposed changes to Air Passenger Duty, Scottish Liberal Democrat energy spokesperson, Liam McArthur MSP said:

    "It is right that we need to see more transparency over why the SNP have decided to pursue this policy. The Scottish Government has consistently relied on evidence compiled for airlines and taken the advice of a stakeholder group made up almost entirely of industry representatives. Even Edinburgh Airport admitted recently that 'full and frank analysis' on cutting APD has been 'missing for some time'.