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  • Article: Feb 7, 2019

    Responding to the news that Babcock, based in Rosyth, has announced 150 job losses, local MSP Willie Rennie reacted by saying:

    "Even though this reduction in the workforce at Rosyth was expected, following the peak of employment to construct the aircraft carriers, this is still a tough day.

    "These are skilled, talented positions that add a significant amount to the local economy.

  • Article: Feb 7, 2019

    Craig Harrow, Highland Liberal Democrat prospective candidate for Ross, Skye and Lochaber has issued an invitation to the SNP to defend their Working Parking Levy in the Highlands.

    Harrow has challenged Highland representatives to back local people rather than their party or to defend the "poll tax on wheels" that will hit Highlanders hardest, a burden on those least able to afford it or escape it.

  • Article: Feb 6, 2019

    Following an admission from the Finance Secretary that no preparation has been done on the proposal for a workplace parking levy, the Scottish Liberal Democrats have called for the proposal to be ditched.

    Scottish Liberal Democrat Leader Willie Rennie said:

    "It is astonishing that the Finance Secretary can't even defend a central plank of his own budget settlement. The lack of preparation and the lack of answers to the big questions means we can't possibly support this proposal. We're not backing plans scribbled on the back of a car park ticket.

  • Article: Feb 6, 2019

    Responding to confirmation from Police Scotland of plans to put 360 officers on standby to deal with incidents that may arise because of Brexit, Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Liam McArthur said:

    "We are now less than 50 days away from a no-deal Brexit.

    "Liberal Democrats have consistently advised that Brexit will leave us less safe and less secure. The fact that officers are being put on standby to deal with Brexit related incidents just shows that this whole saga has been an unmitigated disaster.

  • Article: Feb 5, 2019

    Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Liam McArthur MSP has today pressed the Scottish Government over plans for an investigation into Sunday Post allegations of mismanagement and a cover-up at the former Scottish Crime and Drug Enforcement Agency.

    In response to a topical question from Mr McArthur, Justice Secretary Humza Yousaf revealed that Chief Constable Iain Livingstone had expressed "shock" at the allegations and indicated a willingness to consider turning a potential probe over to another police force or agency to investigate.

  • Article: Feb 5, 2019

    Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has warned thousands of people could be missing out on the dementia support they are entitled to, after new statistics showed a huge gap between its uptake and the number of people thought to be newly diagnosed.

    Since 2013, the Scottish Government has committed to ensuring that those diagnosed with dementia are offered a minimum of one year of post-diagnostic support from a named dementia link worker.

  • Article: Feb 5, 2019

    Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has demanded ministers "ease the strain" on our "weary" health service as new statistics reveal performance against the 4-hour A&E waiting time target has dropped to 88.2%, meaning the government has failed to meet its own target for 18 consecutive months.

  • Article: Feb 5, 2019

    Responding to the news that staff shortages have caused thousands of train cancellations since April 2018, rising to an average of 46 a day at the turn of the year, Scottish Liberal Democrat transport spokesperson Mike Rumbles MSP said:

    "It's embarrassing that passengers across the country have faced delays and cancellations because train bosses couldn't get to grips with staffing. Commuters just want trains to be reliable and value for money but they've been getting neither.

  • Article: Feb 5, 2019

    Responding to the news that 600 operations were cancelled in December for capacity or non-clinical reasons, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP commented:

    "Hundreds of patients had their operations cancelled in December alone through no fault of their own.

    "These cancelled operations shake up the lives of patients and their families and can have a serious impact on both their physical and mental health.

  • Article: Feb 4, 2019

    Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Liam McArthur MSP today urged ministers to reduce prison overcrowding by investing in tough community sentences and drug treatment orders after new figures revealed a fall in the number of social work orders and reports.

    Commenting on new statistics which show the successful completion rate for drug treatment and testing orders was 40% in 2017-18, the lowest in the last seven years, Liam McArthur said: