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Recent News from Dundee Lib Dems, the Scottish Liberal Democrats and the UK Liberal Democrats

  • Child in prison cell mental health
    Article: Jul 21, 2016

    Alistair Carmichael has demanded the government rule out the prospect of children being kept in prison cells.

    This follows the government slipping out an announcement of the closure of the Cedars facility, which supports families who are being returned overseas by the Home Office. Ending child detention was a major Liberal Democrat achievement in the coalition government. The facilities were described as "exceptional" and their closure has also been attacked by Barnardo's.

  • Article: Jul 21, 2016

    Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesman Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP today warned that cuts to drug and alcohol services could leave people stranded as new figures revealed that more than 3000 children were treated for drug or alcohol misuse in the last two years.

    The statistics, obtained by the Liberal Democrats through Freedom of Information requests, showed that 3336 children were admitted to emergency departments or to hospital in 2014-15 and 2015-16 as a result of drug and alcohol misuse.

  • Nick Clegg (The Guardian)
    Article: Jul 20, 2016

    Former Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has returned to the Liberal Democrat front bench as the party's European Union spokesperson in order to hold the Government to account over its plans for Brexit.

    Nick Clegg is uniquely well placed to challenge the Conservatives on their plans for Brexit. Not only did he sit around the cabinet table with Theresa May, Liam Fox and others, he was also a leading Member of the European Parliament and a trade negotiator in the European Commission under Leon Brittan. During the coalition years he established himself as the highest profile pro-European voice in British politics and is well known and respected in capitals across the continent.

  • Article: Jul 19, 2016

    The Scottish Liberal Democrat Justice Spokesperson Liam McArthur MSP today warned that local concerns over the impact of court closures on access to justice cannot be brushed under the carpet.

    The Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service (SCTS) last week published a report on the impact of the closure of 17 Sheriffs and Justice of the Peace courts between 2013 and 2015. In a letter to the convener of the Holyrood justice committee, Mr McArthur said that the review failed to detail the experience of people who have been forced to travel further for court appearances, despite previous negative feedback in the last SCTS review.

  • Article: Jul 18, 2016

    Scottish Liberal Democrats today said that people in Fife and Edinburgh deserve answers over the projected delay to the Queensferry Crossing and demanded the publication of new documents on the troubled bridge project.

    Since the announcement of the delay in the completion of the new Forth Road Bridge crossing, the Scottish Liberal Democrats have put in a series of Freedom of Information requests to ensure that the reasons for the delay are fully understood.

  • Article: Jul 15, 2016

    Scottish Liberal Democrats have called on the Scottish Government to better address the needs of people with brain injuries in the criminal justice system or at risk of offending, after a new report recommended new screening arrangements and assessments in prisons.

    The report published by the National Prisoner Healthcare Network, 'Brain Injury and Offending', was commissioned by the Scottish Government following investigations by the Justice Committee.

  • Article: Jul 12, 2016

    Following Andrea Leadsom's withdrawal from the Conservative leadership race Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron has called for an early General Election.

    A coronation of Theresa May as Prime Minister carries no mandate.

    Tim Farron, Liberal Democrat leader said:

    "Just 13 months after the last election the Conservatives have plunged the UK into chaos. It is simply inconceivable that Theresa May should be crowned Prime Minister without even having won an election in her own party, let alone the country.

  • Article: Jul 11, 2016

    Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron has written to 7 Prime Ministers in fellow liberal sister parties throughout Europe, including the influential Mark Rutte of the Netherlands, asking for their support for a proposal to allow UK expats to reside freely in Europe even with Brexit.

    Tim was the first party leader to call for the UK Government to agree that EU nationals be able to remain in the UK after the referendum. Politicians from across the political spectrum bar Home Office Ministers seem to agree with this and they have been savaged by MP's.

    Next Tuesday, Liberal Democrat Foreign Affairs spokesperson Tom Brake is proposing a bill to offer protections to EU citizens.

    The Liberal Democrats have now called for foreign governments to do the same for UK expats living abroad.

    Tim is also calling for the EU governments to not even look at plans to hike taxes on Brits with property or businesses abroad as a 'revenge' for Brexit.

    The top destinations for British expats in the European Union are Spain (host to 319,000), Ireland (249,000) and France (171,000)