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  • Article: Apr 8, 2019

    North East Liberal Democrat MSP Mike Rumbles has welcomed news that Transport Scotland are to award the contract for ground investigation, for the new grade separated junction on the A90 at Laurencekirk, to Allied Exploration and Geotechnics Ltd.

    Mr Rumbles, who has been campaigning for safety improvements at the junction for over a decade, said:

  • Article: Apr 8, 2019

    Responding to Andrew Wilson's interview on Good Morning Scotland in which the former MSP admitted: "The level of integration we've got with the rest of the UK over 300 years in financial services, in wages and pensions and mortgages is pretty unique", Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie said:

  • Article: Apr 8, 2019

    Scottish Liberal Democrats have today renewed calls for a People's Vote after it was revealed that SNP MP Pete Wishart has been telling constituents he is unable to support "the motion that proposes that a deal is put to the British people in a confirmatory vote" defying the First Minister's clear stance in favour of a second referendum.

  • Article: Apr 5, 2019

    Commenting on the news that every pupil in Scotland is to be taught life-saving CPR skills at school, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP said:

    "This is fantastic news. Basic first aid skills will set our young people up for life.

    "I hope that these pupils are never put in the situation where they need to perform CPR, but they make their families, friends and communities safer by having the skills to do so if they have to.

  • Article: Apr 5, 2019

    Responding to the news that the PM has written to the EU calling for another extension of Article 50, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie said:

    "The EU has been clear that we must have a clear purpose for any extension.

    "It's time for the Prime Minister to admit that the best way to make this mess go away is a People's Vote, giving the people the chance to have their say on her catastrophic handling of Brexit."

  • Article: Apr 5, 2019

    Scottish Liberal Democrat transport spokesperson Mike Rumbles MSP has today revealed that just 4.6% of vehicles owned by Scotland's local authorities are electric or hybrid, as he pressed the Scottish Government to deliver a comprehensive plan for reducing transport emissions.

    A freedom of information request submitted by Scottish Liberal Democrats to all 32 local authorities revealed that, of 17,140 vehicles, just 613 are electric (3.6%) and 181 are hybrid (1%).

  • Article: Apr 4, 2019

    The Deputy Leader of the Liberal Democrats, Jo Swinson, has today launched a bid to reform shared parental leave, including requiring the Government to make shared parental leave a day one right.

    The former Employment Relations Minister, who first introduced shared parental leave four years ago this week, said "shared parental leave is good for children, good for families" but warned a government review and improvements are overdue.

    The Liberal Democrat MP, who herself has used shared parental leave over the last year, is therefore introducing a new Private Member's Bill which she is calling on Ministers to back.

    To mark the bid, Jo Swinson will host a roundtable with dads today to discuss the benefits of shared parental leave and the pressure on many dads not to take it.

    Jo Swinson said:

    "Shared parental leave is good for children, good for families and good for equality in the workplace. We have made a lot of progress, but too many parents and children are missing out.

    "Shared parental leave should be a day one right for all workers, just as maternity leave is, and be extended to self-employed dads. And to better support families of all sizes and shapes, the right to request flexible working must also be a day one right.

    "Employers should also put their money where their mouth is. If they're serious about being more family-friendly, then they must enhance shared parental pay in the same way they do for maternity pay.

    "If the Conservatives were not bogged down in their own Brexit mess, then they could have delivered these changes already. Lucky for them, the hard work is done, and all Ministers need to do is back my Bill. Parents are watching."

  • Article: Apr 3, 2019

    Following cross-party talks, opposition parties have called for a People's Vote to be a priority and to keep the option to revoke Article 50 on the table to avoid a no-deal Brexit.

    In a joint statement, Vince Cable, Liz Saville Roberts, Ian Blackford, Chuka Umunna and Caroline Lucas said:

    "The UK is in the midst of a Brexit crisis led by a government dictated by incompetence.

    "Given everything we now know - and the detrimental impact Brexit will have on the UK's economy, job opportunities and people's livelihoods, the priority must be bringing the issue back to the people in a People's Vote - with the option to remain on the ballot paper.

    "We are in agreement that there is no such thing as a good Brexit and that people across the UK face being worse off.

    "We have shown over the past three years we are willing to find a compromise position to end the impasse.

    "Time is fast running out and any compromise that is reached must be brought back to the people through a fresh referendum, and keep the option to revoke Article 50 on the table to avoid a no-deal Brexit."

  • Article: Apr 3, 2019

    Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has today said the Scottish Government is presiding over a system that is leaving doctors "exhausted and disenchanted", after a freedom of information request published by the Scottish Government revealed 541 GPs and 221 dentists retired before reaching their state pension age between 2015 and 2018.

  • Article: Apr 3, 2019

    Scottish Liberal Democrat MSP and deputy convenor of the equalities committee Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has today called for the Scottish Government to support LGBT+ charity TIE (Time for Inclusive Education) after the charity announced it was "facing dissolution" due to a lack of secure core funding.

    In a statement the charity went on to warn "Currently, over 100 schools, a dozen local authorities and numerous national educational organisations are looking to work with us. We cannot meet this demand - which continues to grow daily - without sustainable funding, resourcing and people power."