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Sir Malcolm Bruce MP and Ann Bell MBE are shown developments at Fraserburgh Harbour

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  • Article: Apr 24, 2014
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    An excellent report. For years now I have been reporting on this issue. I don't
    often think that on disabled issues our American cousins can teach us much but
    on this issue they can. They seem to be able to assist disabled people onto
    buses, and secure them into the wheelchair bay. On trains on the west coast
    around Seattle they have a large compartment for the use of disabled people and
    their carers which is entered by a power hoist from track level. The only
    problem you have with disabled public transport is with cabs, and wheelchair
    accessible cabs are even becoming more available. If they can do it why cant
    we?�

    John Killick
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  • Article: Apr 24, 2014

    Local MP, Mark Hunter, today added his voice to the "GO 20" campaign to make 20mph the default urban speed limit, in order to reduce accidents and improve road safety, at an event held in parliament by Brake, the road safety charity, and Allianz Insurance.

    Mark has been a long-standing supporter of 20mph zones, introducing them outside schools during his time as Leader of Stockport Council and campaigning on road safety as part of his role as Shadow Transport Minister during the last government.

  • Why are you IN?
    Article: Apr 24, 2014

    Today, Liberal Democrat Leader and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg launched the Liberal Democrats' 2014 European election campaign. The launch took place in Colchester at a rally with activists and supporters, followed by a public town hall-style Q&A session hosted by Heart FM.

    Speaking at the launch event, Nick Clegg said:

  • Article: Apr 24, 2014

    Leader of the Scottish Liberal Democrats Willie Rennie has said that aWillie RennieWillie Rennie new report on strengthening local democracy adds to the growing consensus for more powers.

    The Commission on Strengthening Local Democracy published its interim report today, which finds that Scotland is now one of the most centralised countries in the western world.

    Commenting, Mr Rennie said:

    "This interim report adds to the growing consensus for more powers. It chimes with Sir Menzies Campbell's home rule report which called for financial power for local authorities and more clout for smaller communities to decide the future of their neighbourhood.

    "The home rule journey does not end at Holyrood and as a Liberal Democrat I look forward to seeing further debate over how we make local communities stronger and fairer."

  • Alison (front centre) is backing the community campaign for improvements to the junction at Laurencekirk
    Article: Apr 24, 2014

    Alison McInnes, Scottish Liberal Democrat MSP for North East Scotland, has welcomed the latest step in the community campaign for improvements to the A90 Laurencekirk junction as local residents protested at the Scottish Parliament today.

    Mrs McInnes commented: "I was delighted to see members of the local community visit Holyrood today to emphasise the compelling case for a flyover or underpass at Laurencekirk.

  • Article: Apr 23, 2014

    Leader of the Scottish Liberal Democrats Willie Rennie MSP has saidWillie RennieWillie Rennie that it is puzzling that the SNP could not support plans to cut tax for people on low and middle incomes. This comes after the SNP voted against a Scottish Liberal Democrat amendment supporting moves by the Liberal Democrat in the UK Government.

    The increasing of the income tax threshold has already seen 224,000 of the lowest earners lifted out of tax altogether. More than 2 million Scots have been given a £700 tax cut.

    Speaking after the parliamentary debate on the living wag0065, Mr Rennie said:

    "Despite previous proclamations of support for cutting tax for people on low and middle incomes, this reveals how hollow those words were. This vote confirms that the SNP do not favour helping those who would benefit from a tax cut most.

    "It is puzzling why a party that claims to be on the side of workers is against our proposals which have already been delivered. We want to go further by raising the threshold to £12,500 so that people in the minimum wage would no longer pay any income tax. This is real action by government which delivers a stronger economy and a fairer society, enabling more people to get on in life.

    "Scottish Liberal Democrats have lifted 224,000 of the lowest earners out of tax altogether. More than 2 million Scots have been given a £700 tax cut. It is puzzling that the SNP could not support this."

  • Article: Apr 23, 2014

    Scottish Liberal Democrat energy spokesperson Liam McArthur MSP hasLiam McArthurLiam McArthur said the SNP Government should set the record straight after making misleading claims that key schemes aimed at helping those living in fuel poverty were being cut by the UK Government.

    Commenting, Mr McArthur said:

    "Nobody should have to choose between heating their homes or feeding their families. That is why Scottish Liberal Democrats remain committed to ending fuel poverty by 2016.

    "In my own constituency of Orkney, levels of fuel poverty are higher than almost anywhere else in the country. I need no persuading, therefore, of the importance of redoubling our efforts to combat this scourge as a matter of urgency.

    "Making progress, however, will require both of Scotland's governments to work hand in hand. What it does not need is SNP Ministers yet again blaming everything on Westminster while claiming everything would be solved with independence.

    "Margaret Burgess' claims about UK cuts for energy efficiency measures are simply not true. Indeed, it shows either a determination to scaremonger or a lack of understanding about how these programmes work. Neither does those living in fuel poverty any favours at all.

    "The fight against fuel poverty has enjoyed cross-party support to date, and those in fuel poor households deserve better than SNP scapegoating."

  • Article: Apr 23, 2014

    Scottish Liberal Democrats today welcomed the news that the Scottish Government has finally listened to the party's concerns over plans to scrap corroboration before a full review had taken place.

    The announcement today came after consistent pressure on the SNP Government from the Scottish Liberal Democrats to delay Stage Two deliberations until after Lord Bonomy published his findings on any potential safeguards.

  • Article: Apr 23, 2014

    Scottish Liberal Democrats have today welcomed the news that the Alison McInnes MSPAlison McInnes MSPScottish Government has finally listened to the party's concerns over plans to scrap corroboration before a full review had taken place.

    The announcement today came after consistent pressure on the SNP Government from the Scottish Liberal Democrats to delay Stage Two deliberations until after Lord Bonomy published his findings on any potential safeguards.

    Commenting on today's concession, Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Alison McInnes MSP said:

    "Once Kenny MacAskill actually conceded that other safeguards would be required then the only sensible way forward was to await the outcome of Lord Bonomy's work. Kenny Macaskill's obstinacy on this has risked bringing parliament into disrepute, so I welcome his change of heart. This is a victory for common sense. People will breathe a sigh of relief today having watched the justice secretary step back from the brink. Parliament should never be asked to pass legislation before it has considered all the implications.

    "Scottish Liberal Democrats are the only party to have consistently opposed the Scottish Government's ill-thought-through plans to scrap corroboration. Kenny MacAskill's attempts to push this onto the statute book only compounded those concerns.

    "Lord Bonomy's group must now be allowed to conduct its review completely unfettered, after which we can return to this debate far better informed."

  • Article: Apr 23, 2014

    Liberal Democrat MSP Jim Hume today warned that the clock is tickingJim HumeJim Hume for SNP Ministers to give farmers the information they need on the future of Scottish agricultural payments ahead of a key EU deadline.

    Speaking after the appearance of the Secretary of State Owen Paterson MP at the Scottish Parliament Rural Affairs Committee, Mr Hume said the powers SNP Ministers have to create a Scottish Common Agricultural Policy come with real responsibilities.

    During the meeting, the Secretary of State underlined the consequences of missing key deadlines and falling foul of EU rules, pointing to the substantial fines imposed on England following previous reforms.

    Commenting, Jim Hume MSP said:

    "UK Ministers helped ensure that Scottish Ministers have the power take the big decisions over how we support our agricultural sector. But power comes with responsibilities. Richard Lochhead needs to give our farmers the answers they need on the CAP to allow the industry to plan for the future.

    "Scotland is now falling behind the rest of the UK on CAP implementation. The deadline for announcing details of the new Scottish payments system is fast approaching and the clock is ticking.

    "If we miss the boat on EU deadlines this would cause fundamental problems for farmers who are already facing real uncertainty."

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