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  • Article: Mar 16, 2018

    Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Liam McArthur MSP has today marked the repeal of the Offensive Behaviour at Football Act by calling on the Scottish Government to seize this opportunity to engage with "communities, local authorities, churches and football clubs" as opposition parties united to repeal the bill.

  • Article: Mar 15, 2018

    Scottish Liberal Democrat MSP Alex Cole-Hamilton has today called on the SNP to rule out allowing Alex Salmond a return to frontline politics, after the former First Minister used his RT chatshow to pour doubt on Russian involvement in the Salisbury chemical attack and deny that RT is a propaganda station.

  • Article: Mar 15, 2018

    Scottish Liberal Democrat transport spokesperson Mike Rumbles MSP has today said that the SNP are playing catch up after one of the contractors working on the Aberdeen bypass project revealed that, despite ministerial assurances, the Aberdeen bypass will be delayed until the summer.

    At the 24 January meeting of the Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee, following questioning from Mr Rumbles, Economy Secretary Keith Brown claimed that the current timetable to open the road in spring 2018 was still in place. Transport Scotland's website originally reported that the AWPR 'is expected to open in winter 2017/18'.

  • Article: Mar 14, 2018

    Scottish Liberal Democrat Leader Willie Rennie has reiterated his call for a system of recall to be introduced to the Scottish Parliament, arguing there must be an "appropriate range of sanctions" for misconduct by parliamentarians.

    The call coincides with a meeting of the Standards, Procedures & Public Appointments Committee where the official complaint against Mark McDonald lodged by SNP MSP James Dornan will be considered.

  • Article: Mar 14, 2018

    Scottish Liberal Democrat MSP Alex Cole-Hamilton has today filed a motion in the Parliament condemning Russia and Russian backed media outlets for denying Russian involvement in the barbaric attack in Salisbury last week. He has also encouraged Scottish politicians and businesses to distance themselves from Russian state backed media companies.

  • Article: Mar 14, 2018

    Liberal Democrat education spokesperson Tavish Scott MSP has today demanded the UK Government guarantee access to the Erasmus programme, following a new report from the Scottish Parliament's Education & Skills Committee.

    Following an enquiry into Erasmus+, the Committee concluded:

    • Erasmus+ is the most significant source of funding for providing opportunities for cultural exchange and embedding an international outlook in young people;
    • Professionals and organisations in some sectors are particularly reliant on Erasmus+ funding and opportunities and may be severely affected by any risk of the UK losing its ability to participate in the programme;
    • The Scottish Government should explore whether existing bodies, such as Education Scotland and British Council Scotland, could develop the framework for a national authority to support Scotland's continued participation beyond 2020.
  • Article: Mar 14, 2018

    Liberal Democrat Scottish Affairs spokesperson Christine Jardine MP has today said that a new Ipsos MORI poll shows that Scots are worried about the impact of Brexit on the economy but will not be bounced into backing independence.

    Ms Jardine said:

    "These figures show that Scots are worried by Brexit. Up and down the United Kingdom, people and businesses will suffer.

  • Article: Mar 14, 2018

    Following the publication of the Age of Criminal Responsibility (Scotland) Bill, Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Liam McArthur MSP commented:

    "During the last Parliament, SNP ministers twice voted down Liberal Democrat attempts to raise the age of criminal responsibility from 8 to 12. By introducing this Bill, Ministers have performed a very welcome u-turn away from a Victorian attitude to justice that was entirely at odds with our understanding of children's development.

  • Article: Mar 13, 2018

    Responding to the Chancellor's comments on minimum unit pricing, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie said:

    "Decades of low prices have taken their toll on Scotland. It is estimated that alcohol misuse costs £3.6 billion a year - £900 for every Scot. In that context, any impact on the Treasury's revenues is marginal. It is a small price to pay to reduce the long term burden on our under pressure health and justice systems.

  • Article: Mar 13, 2018

    In response to a question from Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP, Dame Anna Dominiczak, Regius Professor of Medicine at Glasgow University has today warned that leaving the European Union in a way which would lead to Scottish or UK patients being excluded from clinical trials would be "almost criminal".