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

  • Article: Jan 27, 2016

    In a bold, positive and progressive offer for the Scottish Parliamentary Elections, the Leader of the Scottish Liberal Democrats has today committed his party to making the biggest investment in Scottish education since devolution by increasing income tax by a penny.

    The party is committing to this investment to deliver a transformational effect on Scottish education and to reverse the damage of SNP cuts. The party's proposals will include a Pupil Premium, an expansion in nursery education, reversal of college cuts and stopping school cuts. The party will be leading a debate on the Pupil Premium in the Scottish Parliament this afternoon.

  • Article: Jan 27, 2016

    Liberal Democrats are rallying to stop plans aimed at penalising up to one million single parents who move in with a new partner.

    The party has said changes to Universal Credit - dubbed the 'Love Tax' - could affect up to a million low income working single parents.

    It comes weeks after the Conservative government was dashed in its attempts to cut tax credits for families.

  • Liberal Democrat Leader Tim Farron talking to refugees in Calais
    Article: Jan 25, 2016

    Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron has written to the Prime Minister calling on him to formally announce the plan for the UK to offer refuge 3,000 unaccompanied children.

    On Sunday, International Development Secretary Justine Greening told Sky News Britain's approach had 'evolved' and confirmed Britain was reviewing its response to what Save the Children and Tim have calculated are 3,000 children in Europe travelling without their parents.

  • Susan Kramer
    Article: Jan 25, 2016

    News that Google has agreed to pay £130m in back taxes for the last ten years has been slammed as a "sweetheart deal" by the Liberal Democrat Treasurer Spokesman Susan Kramer.

    Responding to the Google tax settlement Susan Kramer said:

    "This settlement shows once again that the Government is allowing one rule for the biggest companies and another for ordinary taxpayers.

  • Article: Jan 20, 2016

    Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesman Jim Hume MSP today warned that Scotland's battle with the bulge could leave health services dangerously overstretched as a new report highlighted an increase in the proportion of Scots who are overweight or obese.

    In her analysis of the health of the nation, the Chief Medical Officer's annual report highlighted that 65% of adults in Scotland are now overweight or obese. 28% of people are obese, with a body mass index higher than 30.

  • Gun Stockpile
    Article: Jan 20, 2016

    According to Amnesty International the UK government sold 1 billion of arms to Saudi Arabia in just three months despite widespread human rights violations in Yemen.

    The figures - published in the Strategic Export Controls (1 July-30 September 2015) report - show that during this period 49 export licences were granted (with none refused), with a total value of £1,080,855,244. Overwhelmingly - to a value of £1,066,216,510 - this was made up of five export licences for large consignments of bombs and other munitions.

  • Model wearing a hijab at Muslim In Style Fashion Show (By Firdaus Latif (Moslema in style Uploaded by russavia) [CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons)
    Article: Jan 19, 2016

    Dangerous proposals by the Government which threaten individual freedoms risk exacerbating racial and religious tensions, Tim Farron has warned. By linking the practices of ordinary British Muslims with radicalisation the Prime Minister risks alienating large sections of our society.

    Leader of the Liberal Democrats Tim Farron said:

  • Article: Jan 19, 2016

    Scottish Liberal Democrat MSP Liam McArthur has challenged the Scottish Government on its fuel poverty strategy and urged Ministers to accept the need to revise its target.

    In response to a series of parliamentary questions submitted by Mr McArthur, Margaret Burgess MSP, Minister for Housing and Welfare, confirmed "the Scottish Government has no current plans to reassess the fuel poverty target [and] no changes have been made to that target since it was laid in parliament in 2001."