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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: Oct 20, 2016

    The Scottish Government is not lacking for problems which require urgent action.

    Over the last few weeks we have had reports that two thirds of emergency GP training places are going unfilled. Police union chiefs told a fringe meeting at SNP conference that police cars are being held together with duct tape and cable ties. Our economic growth is lagging behind the rest of the UK.

  • Article: Oct 11, 2016

    If this was just 12km over those hills it would probably have been destroyed by Daesh.

    This was how the 33-year-old governor of Baalbek-Hermel described the World Heritage Site of the temples of Jupiter and Bacchus in Lebanon. Possibly the world's most intact Greek, Roman and Byzantine remains didn't have many visitors when I was there with the governor and their charismatic caretaker last week. British travel advice marks the whole of the province, along the Bequaa valley and bordering Syria, as red against all travel. I couldn't help but think of the other caretakers of such precious world treasures who have sacrificed their lives in order to preserve such gems of human culture and history. The vulnerability of the site reflects that of the people who live around it. The region has seen its population grow by a third with Syrians fleeing the hell-like slaughter of their country's bloody internal conflict.

  • Article: Oct 6, 2016

    Growing up in a small village in Fife, community was important to me and my family. My parents ran the local shop. We knew everyone and everyone knew us. Mum and Dad used to tell me stories about the customers. Who they were and where they were from.

    Some of our customers were from Polish families who fled persecution during the Second World War. These were people just like us who had dropped everything and come to Scotland for safety.

  • Article: Sep 28, 2016

    At a hearing of the Scottish Parliament health committee this week, Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP asked health secretary Shona Robison whether she agrees with doctors that Scotland is facing a GP crisis.

    Her answer? No.


    This came minutes after British Medical Association's Dr Alan McDevitt of the British Medical Association told MSPs that a GP "crisis is now manifest".

  • Article: Sep 22, 2016

    The SNP ought to be heading for a defeat on local taxation in the Scottish Parliament today.

    Every SNP leader since John Swinney has promised to axe the council tax. There was no room for doubt in their 2007 election manifesto. "The SNP will scrap the Council Tax and introduce a fairer system based on ability to pay", was the promise. But after nine years in government they seem to have changed their tune.

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    Article: Sep 16, 2016

    Since the Brexit vote in June we have had warnings from everyone from universities, to banks and manufacturers warn that the vote to leave will impact on jobs. Yesterday we had reports that the price of Irn Bru could increase too.

    It's fair to say that this has caused something of a stir in Scotland.

    Manufacturers are already seeing the impact of the referendum result with increased costs for raw materials.

  • Article: Sep 15, 2016

    Last week the SNP confirmed they plan to increase local council tax. Their plan is to raise £100 million a year to spend on increasing attainment across Scotland.

    Scottish Liberal Democrats believe in investing in education. That is why we proposed putting one penny on income tax to raise £500 million a year to transform nursery education, introduce a pupil premium, stop cuts to our schools and repair our colleges. We were clear with the electorate about why this investment is so desperately needed.

  • Article: Sep 12, 2016

    Scottish Liberal Democrat rural affairs spokesperson Mike Rumble MSP today said new figures revealing a spike in farm debt underline the challenges facing Scottish agriculture.

    Debt statistics published by the Scottish Government showed that agricultural debt increased by more than £150 million last year.

    The figures show that farms had £2.2 billion in outstanding at the end of the 2015/16 financial year. This increased from £2.03 billion the year before.

    Commenting Mr Rumbles said:

  • Article: Sep 12, 2016

    Scottish Liberal Democrat education spokesman Tavish Scott MSP today said that the failure of the UK government to guarantee the residency status of EU citizens could have a chilling effect on higher education in Scotland.

    Mr Scott was speaking as new figures obtained by the Liberal Democrats revealed that nearly 6000 EU nationals are employed by universities in Scotland at present. His calls come after the Prime Minister failed to confirm that the UK government will press for full membership of the EU single market.

  • Article: Sep 6, 2016

    Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP today said new figures which reveal the number of young people forced to wait more than a year for specialist treatment reveal a crisis in mental health services.

    Mr Cole-Hamilton was commenting as new Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) statistics showed 147 patients who started their treatment in this quarter waited over a year. This is an increase of almost 100 patients from the previous quarter.