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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: Feb 14, 2017

    Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has described new research into cardiac arrest prevention as 'concerning' after it new research revealed that only one local authority currently has defibrillators situated in all of their primary schools.

    Research by the Scottish Liberal Democrats shows that only 1 of the 26 local authorities which responded to a Freedom of Information request have defibrillators situated in all of their primary schools.

  • Article: Feb 14, 2017

    Commenting as the Scottish Funding Council published its indicative funding allocations for the further and higher education sectors for the upcoming academic year, Scottish Liberal Democrat education spokesperson Tavish Scott MSP said:

    "We wanted to put £93 million into colleges across Scotland. We wanted to restore funding levels to those of 2010. The SNP-Green budget does neither. The results of these cuts are obvious - 150,000 fewer students in college today compared to when the SNP came to power in 2007.

  • Article: Feb 14, 2017

    Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie MSP has today accused the Scottish Government of short-changing North East Scotland. He has published new figures that show Aberdeen City is set to be £23million short of the funding level promised by the SNP.

    New analysis from the impartial Scottish Parliament Information Centre (SPICe) has shown that next year Aberdeen City will only be funded at 79% of the Scottish average, breaking an SNP promise to make sure it gets 85%.

  • Article: Feb 14, 2017

    Responding to the comments by Alex Salmond on BBC Sunday Politics Scotland who reaffirmed his belief that a second independence referendum should be held in Autumn 2018, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie MSP said:

    "The SNP is paralysed by the independence issue. They are so focused on breaking up Britain that they have completely failed to deal with the challenges in our economy, education and health service. A vote in Autumn 2018 will only lead to a further 18 months of paralysis as they continue to pursue their independence agenda above anything else."

  • Article: Feb 14, 2017

    Scottish Liberal Democrat leader has today criticised the Scottish Government for engaging in talks with Qatar to invest in Scotland.

    Reports today in the Scottish Mail on Sunday reveal that the Scottish Government has been courting Qatar for investment in Scotland, with Humza Yousaf visiting the country despite Qatar having a poor record on human rights.

  • Article: Feb 14, 2017

    Commenting in response to Ruth Davidson's speech this evening, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie MSP said

    "The Conservative Party is not breaking down trade barriers, it is building them higher. Ruth Davidson's party has turned its back on our neighbours in Europe to hold hand's with Donald Trump.

  • Article: Feb 14, 2017

    Speaking at an event in London, Liberal Democrat welsh peer Baroness Randerson will today say that a "refresh" of federalism is needed but that it must be accompanied by renewed and real trust in the people.

    Talking alongside other politicians including Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale at University College London (UCL), Baroness Randerson will outline the Liberal Democrat's long held belief in federalism and that giving more power to communities is step towards a 'happier union' .

  • Article: Feb 9, 2017

    Commenting in response to a new briefing from Audit Scotland detailing the current NHS workforce challenges, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP commented:

    "Our health service is running on a skeleton crew and we're running out of time.

    "The evidence from Audit Scotland is indisputable. The number of vacancies has increased. Spending on agency staff has doubled since 2011 as NHS boards try to fill the gaps. A huge chunk of the NHS workforce is heading towards retirement, with nurses on the frontline warning we are juggling with a 'demographic timebomb'.

  • Article: Feb 9, 2017

    Responding to reports that Nicola Sturgeon has warned Scottish civil servants to prepare for a second independence vote, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie said:

    "With all the problems in the country on the economy, education and health the SNP seem only interested in careering towards yet another divisive independence referendum.

  • Article: Feb 9, 2017

    Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP today confronted the First Minister with new figures showing the shocking length of delayed discharges in Scottish hospitals.

    During First Minister's Questions, Mr Cole-Hamilton revealed the current longest waiting times, with patients waiting up to 369 in hospital after being declared ready to leave due to a lack of health and social care in the community.