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

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    Article: Jun 19, 2015

    Following reports that the Conservatives will cut wind farm subsidies earlier than planned, Liberal Democrat Energy and Climate Change spokesperson Lord Purvis said:

    "Anti-wind power Tories will put up electricity bills, cut green jobs and reduce investment.

    "This is bad for the environment, it is bad for the economy and it is bad for our energy supplies. This is the sort of short sighted mistake that the Liberal Democrats consistently stopped the Tories from making.

  • Article: Jun 18, 2015

    Scottish Liberal Democrats have hailed a historic day for democracy as the Scottish Parliament passed a bill giving young Scots the right to vote in the upcoming 2016 elections.

    A progressive amendment put forward by Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Alison McInnes, which could have given some young offenders the right to vote, was rejected by the SNP but received backing from some other opposition MSPs.

  • Article: Jun 18, 2015

    Scottish Liberal Democrat Northern Isles MP Alistair Carmichael has blasted moves by the Tory government to exclude new onshore wind farms from a subsidy scheme early next year as a "backwards step" for the UK's energy mix.

    Mr Carmichael said:

    "This is full-throttle Tory energy policy.

    "Their decision to end the renewables obligation for onshore wind is a backwards step for the UK's energy mix.

  • Article: Jun 17, 2015

    Scottish Liberal Democrat energy spokesman Liam McArthur MSP today called on the UK government to press ahead with new measures to support the North Sea energy sector.

    Mr McArthur was commenting after the new boss of the UK's oil and gas body warned that the sector faces a future in which long term oil prices will remain at around $60 a barrel.

  • Article: Jun 17, 2015

    Scottish Liberal Democrats have urged Police Scotland bosses to redouble their efforts to brief armed officers about appropriate deployment after an armed officer was spotted picking up his lunch in a busy supermarket in Edinburgh - and senior officers reportedly said "this officer was doing absolutely nothing wrong."

  • Article: Jun 17, 2015

    Scottish Liberal Democrats will tomorrow (Thursday 18th June) lead the debate on an amendment to the Scottish Elections (Reduction of Voting Age Bill) which could extend the voting franchise to some young offenders.

    The amendment, put forward by Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Alison McInnes, would enable Scottish Government minsters to decide the circumstances in which a person aged 16 or 17 in a penal institution may be able to vote in future Scottish and local government elections.

  • Article: Jun 17, 2015

    Scottish Liberal Democrat education spokesperson Liam McArthur has raised concern about the autonomy of Scotland's universities as the Scottish Government published its Higher Education Governance (Scotland) Bill today.

    The bill, if passed, would require governing bodies to include at least two members directly elected by staff, and two members each nominated by trade unions, students' unions, and alumni associations. The door has also been left open on more contentious proposals to require chairs of governing to chosen through an election.

  • Article: Jun 17, 2015

    Liberal Democrat Scotland spokesperson and former Deputy First Minister Lord Nicol Stephen has demanded one of the SNP's most senior MPs correct the record after falsely claiming that the Vow - given by the UK party leaders before the independence referendum -called for Full Fiscal Autonomy.

    During the Scotland Bill debate in the House of Commons on Monday SNP MP Angus MacNeil said "the vow included full fiscal autonomy." This is despite the Vow specifically safeguarding the principles of pooling and sharing resources equitably across the UK including the continuation of the Barnett formula.