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  • Article: Aug 19, 2019

    Scottish Liberal Democrat candidate for Shetland Beatrice Wishart today revealed that Shetlanders are waiting more than 600 days for mental health treatment on the SNP's watch, describing the waits as "devastating".

    A Scottish Liberal Democrat freedom of information request has shown:

    • 62 adults waiting over a year to start their treatment (treated in 2018/19 or still on the waiting list at the end of the year),
    • Adults waiting up to 643 days (over 21 months) to begin their treatment.
  • Article: Aug 18, 2019

    Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie today warned the Scottish Government is set to "leave families in the lurch" after a buried report showed the Scottish Government's early learning expansion is 5,135 childcare places and 416 staff behind schedule.

    The report, dated June 2019, was only made available in response to a Scottish Liberal Democrat parliamentary question answered on 7 August. It wasn't the subject of either a Scottish Government or Improvement Service press release and it hasn't appeared on either of their publications pages or on social media, despite being highly anticipated by those in the sector.

  • Article: Aug 16, 2019

    Commenting on the nationalisation of the Ferguson shipyard, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie said:

    "Some serious mistakes have been made which have resulted in delayed ferries for west coast communities and the jobs of hundreds of workers put at risk.

    "Today is not the day to apportion blame and urgent lessons must be learnt.

  • Article: Aug 16, 2019

    Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Liam McArthur MSP has written to the Lord Advocate about the findings of the Fatal Accident Inquiry (FAI) describing the brutal death of Allan Marshall, an inmate of HMP Edinburgh in 2015.

    Mr McArthur's letter highlights concerns about the time taken for the FAI to conclude and for the facts to be made public, as well as the lack of criminal prosecution.

  • Article: Aug 15, 2019

    Responding to comments from Jeremy Corbyn confirming that the Labour party is no longer opposed to a second Scottish independence referendum, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie said:

    "I feel sorry for Scottish Labour voters. They've been hung out to dry time and time again by a leader who gets it wrong on independence and wrong on Brexit.

  • Article: Aug 15, 2019

    Commenting on new figures which show that Scottish rail users are set to pay hundreds of pounds more for annual season tickets, Scottish Liberal Democrat transport spokesperson Mike Rumbles MSP said:

    "Rail users are shelling out thousands of pounds a year to a firm whose action and improvement plans arrive more regularly than their trains.

  • Article: Aug 15, 2019

    Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has today criticised the "lax and irresponsible" mismanagement of the Sick Kids crisis, after revealing that more than a month after the hospital move was cancelled buses in Edinburgh are continuing to display adverts that direct parents to the deserted hospital.

  • Article: Aug 14, 2019

    Scottish Liberal Democrat candidate for Shetland Beatrice Wishart today attended the Cunningsburgh Show and used the opportunity to talk to crofters and farmers and set out her priorities for Shetland's agriculture.

    The 5-point plan sets out Beatrice's commitment to:

    1. Ensure crofters are at the heart of designing crofting legislation to help businesses develop and diversify.
    2. Secure continued access to markets and end the threat of tariffs of up to 40% by demanding a no-deal Brexit is immediately taken off the table.
    3. Demand the Prime Minister keeps his promise on delivering the almost £200m convergence funding to Scotland.
    4. Urgently increase freight capacity, including increasing direct freight sailings at peak times.
    5. Safeguard the protected food name designations of Shetland's world class food and drink sector by demanding a no-deal Brexit is immediately taken off the table.
  • Article: Aug 14, 2019

    Speaking ahead of the visit from Nicola Sturgeon to the Cunningsburgh show, Scottish Liberal Democrat candidate for Shetland Beatrice Wishart said:

    "I'm sure the First Minister will have a wonderful time at the Cunningsburgh Show, it's a great event.

    "Before she arrives, the First Minister should reflect on the SNP's failure to address the challenges that Shetland faces despite 12 years of the SNP in office. Indeed, the irony of the First Minister praising the SNP candidate's 'transport plan' despite no commitment to deliver it will not be lost on people in Shetland.

  • Article: Aug 13, 2019

    Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP today said it is no surprise that staff shortages and delayed discharges are taking its toll on every part of the NHS, after a new audit report highlighted critical care units struggling with demand and obstructions.

    The annual report by the Scottish Intensive Care Society Audit Group showed: