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  • Article: Aug 27, 2014

    After a fascinating first day our delegation left Delhi on an early morning flight to arrive in the hustle and bustle of India's financial capital Mumbai. Mumbai is famous for many things, but in particular for being the heart of India's world famous film industry - Bollywood!

    Our first stop today was a visit to a municipal school for underprivileged children in Lower Parel, one of Mumbai's less well-off suburbs. Muktangan is an incredibly inspiring NGO that has managed to turn an ordinary government school into a model of learning. Ed and I were greeted on arrival by the fantastic school choir were assembled to greet us and I got a chance to read to some of the children.

  • Article: Aug 27, 2014

    Liberal Democrat Scotland Secretary Alistair Carmichael has called on major supermarket chains to do their bit to support Motor Neurone Disease Scotland after taking the ice bucket challenge.

    After he was doused in iced sea water at Tingwall Pier in Orkney and donated to Motor Neurone Disease Scotland, Alistair nominated the supermarkets selling bags of ice to make a donation to the charity.

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    Article: Aug 27, 2014

    The Liberal Democrats have set out plans to introduce a trio of wealth taxes which will help to cut the deficit whilst ensuring fairness in our tax system.

    Manifesto plans to increase taxes on the wealthiest will go alongside a pledge to further cut Income Tax and reduce National Insurance.

    Commenting Liberal Democrat Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander said:

  • Article: Aug 27, 2014

    Northern Isles MP and Secretary of State for Scotland Alistair Carmichael has today called on major supermarket chains toAlistair CarmichaelAlistair Carmichael do their bit to support Motor Neurone Disease Scotland after taking the ice bucket challenge.

    Mr Carmichael was commenting after being doused in iced sea water at Tingwall Pier in Orkney and donating to Motor Neurone Disease Scotland. Mr Carmichael's ice bucket challenge video is now available to view on Youtube.

    Speaking after a hot cup of tea and a change of clothes, Mr Carmichael nominated supermarkets selling bags of ice to make a donation to the charity.

    Commenting, Mr Carmichael said:

    "People who are aware of Gordon Aikman's campaign to raise awareness and funds for Motor Neurone Disease Scotland cannot fail to be impressed by his bravery and enthusiasm in hugely challenging circumstances. I was delighted to take part in the ice bucket challenge and am pleased to report that the feeling has now returned to my fingers and toes.

    "Ice is not usually in short supply across the Northern Isles but the ice bucket challenge has seen something of a run on bags of ice in Orkney and Shetland recently.

    "I think that it is right that those profiting from these extra sales should give something back. I nominate the major supermarket chains to get involved and back this campaign."

    You can watch Mr Carmichael's ice bucket challenge video at http://bit.ly/1lvraNq.

  • Article: Aug 26, 2014

    Nick Clegg is leading a trade delegation in India with more than 40 British businesses, colleges and representatives of the aerospace industry to secure the incredible opportunities on offer.

    As part of his visit, Nick met with Prime Minister Narendra Modi to discuss a number of issues where there is a natural partnership between the UK and India, including education, business, climate change and economic growth.

  • Article: Aug 26, 2014

    During his visit to Mumbai, Liberal Democrat Leader and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg launched a new awards programme for individuals whose outstanding achievements have strengthened relations between the UK and India.

    The awards are dedicated to Dadabhai Naoroji, the first Asian MP in the UK.

    A Liberal MP for Finsbury Central from 1892-1895, Dadabhai Naoroji was also the man who first brought Indian business to the UK.

  • Article: Aug 26, 2014

    Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Jim Hume MSP has accused Jim Hume MSPJim Hume MSPthe SNP of taking its eye off the ball as official figures released today revealed the number of vacant consultant and nursing posts has soared.

    Nursing and midwifery vacancies have trebled in the past three years.

    Mr Hume said:

    "Scotland's doctors and nurses are working under intolerable pressures in our hospitals due to staff shortages, bed blocking and rising patient numbers.

    "Patients will rightly be concerned to learn that today 1865 nursing posts and nearly 350 consultant posts lie vacant in Scotland. It is little wonder that we also learned today that fewer people were treated within 18 weeks. You simply cannot do more with less.

    "The increase in nursing and consultant vacancies has not appeared overnight. Why have they been allowed to decline to this point? It seems that the Health Secretary has taken his eye off the ball. He must now work closely with the NHS and the BMA to attract applicants to these vacancies but also to retain staff where possible."

  • Article: Aug 26, 2014

    Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Jim Hume MSP has again Jim Hume MSPJim Hume MSPslammed the SNP's performance on A+E waiting times after official figures published today revealed that the Scottish Government has again failed to meet its key target.

    Official figures show that in June this year, 94% of patients were treated within 4 hours against the SNP's 'interim' target of 95% which is to be achieved by September 2014. The 'interim' target was set last year after the Scottish Government's original target of 98% consistently failed to be achieved.

    The A&E waiting time figures for June of 94% compare poorly against the 94.6% of June 2013, the 95.1% of June 2012 and the 96.6% of July 2007 shortly after the SNP came to power.

    In June, only two NHS Boards achieved the original 98% standard with five NHS boards failing to achieve the 'interim' target of 95%

    Commenting Mr Hume said:

    "June is a time when A&E units will traditionally be under less pressure than in the winter months and yet the Scottish Government has still failed to achieve their revised target of 95% which came into place after they moved the goalposts last year. The reality is that this is the Scottish Government's worst June performance since the SNP came to power and they still have much work to do to achieve their revised target which is due for delivery next month.

    "These figures again call into question just how successful the SNP's much heralded action plan has been.

    "Our nurses and doctors continue to work under intolerable pressures due to the cuts in bed numbers, horrendous rates of bed blocking and staff shortages in wards. This is a direct result of SNP ministers taking their eyes off the ball while pursuing their independence obsession. They warn of the dangers of privatisation but it is their management of the NHS that patients should be more worried about."