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

  • Syria Refugee Camp
    Article: Nov 24, 2015

    Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron has written to the Prime Minister along with former leaders Nick Clegg, Paddy Ashdown and Menzies Campbell to outline the five principles the party wants to see addressed if they are to support military action in Syria.

    The letter, also signed by the leader of the Scottish Liberal Democrats Willie Rennie and the Welsh Liberal Democrats Kirsty Williams, sets out the specific principles that would be required to be met to secure Liberal Democrat support for military action against ISIL in Syria.

  • Article: Nov 23, 2015

    As another Scottish wave power firm folds, Scottish Liberal Democrat energy spokesman Liam McArthur MSP has renewed his calls for the funding allocated to an unattainable multi-million-pound wave power prize to be made available immediately to support the industry.

    Administrators for Edinburgh-based wave energy company Aquamarine Power today said the firm has failed to find a buyer and been forced to stop trading, with 14 jobs lost as a result. The company had built and run two full-scale energy converters at the European Marine Energy Centre in Orkney.

  • Soldiers with Missile Battery in Desert
    Article: Nov 23, 2015

    The Liberal Democrats have welcomed the UN's unanimous Security Council resolution that agreed that ISIL/ISIS constituted an "unprecedented" threat to international peace and security, and called upon Member States with the requisite capacity to take "all necessary measures" to prevent and suppress its terrorist acts on territory under its control in Syria and Iraq.

  • Article: Nov 23, 2015

    Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesman Jim Hume MSP today challenged the SNP to "put their money where their mouth is" and increase support for mental health services in Scotland.

    Mr Hume was speaking after the SNP Westminster health spokeswoman backed a campaign for increased investment in mental health in other parts of the UK. In Scotland, spending on mental health services as a proportion of the overall health budget has fallen since 2009.

  • Alison McInnes MSP for North East Scotland
    Article: Nov 20, 2015

    With winter well on the way, North East Liberal Democrat MSP Alison McInnes today called on local people to ensure they are taking advantage of free help and support with energy bills.

    Mrs McInnes said: "It is important to be prepared for winter and I hope all my constituents understand what help is available so they can be energy efficient and keep bills under control. I would urge everyone to get in touch with their energy supplier to find out what support is on offer.

  • Article: Nov 19, 2015

    Scottish Liberal Democrat spokeswoman Alison McInnes MSP has today said significant changes are required if the Community Justice Bill is to ensure judges view community rehabilitation plans as a viable alternative to jail.

    The draft bill, which was debated this afternoon, has already been criticised by former Lord Advocate Dame Eilish Angiolini, who warned that unless it is made stronger, imprisonment could remain a tempting default position for judges.

  • Article: Nov 19, 2015

    Scottish Liberal Democrat spokeswoman Alison McInnes MSP has today raised serious concerns over plans to further centralise the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) by moving its HQ to Cambuslang.

    In March 2015, the SFRS Board voted to establish its new headquarters in Kildean Business Park, Stirling, a decision subject to ministerial approval.

  • Article: Nov 19, 2015

    Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokeswoman Alison McInnes MSP has today called for the Prison Service to act on repeated calls for action on low levels of purposeful activity following the publication of a critical inspection report of HMP Dumfries.

    The report, which highlights that access to purposeful activities for short-term prisoners could be improved, is the eleventh by HMIPS in the last three years to highlight shortages in the provision and uptake of purposeful activity in prisons.