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

  • Article: Aug 17, 2016

    Scottish Liberal Democrat education spokesman Tavish Scott MSP today criticised the Scottish Government on its failure to issue new guidance on the Government's curriculum before pupils returned to school.

    Cabinet Secretary for education, John Swinney had promised to provide teachers with clear guidance on the curriculum before pupils returned to school this week to help close the attainment gap between students from richer and poorer backgrounds. It was reported today that no such guidance has been issued.

    Commenting, Mr Scott said:

  • Article: Aug 17, 2016

    Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesman Liam McArthur MSP has said that the Scottish Government are letting down Police Officers and failing communities across Scotland in response to reports that police officers are being actively told not to investigate drug dealers to avoid over time.

    Calum Steele from the SPF took to social media to show an email from a police officer who was told 'not to be proactive and investigate drug dealers because it could cause overtime but rather just do the work we are given.'

  • Article: Aug 17, 2016

    Scottish Liberal Democrats have called on the Scottish Government to adopt a radical new approach to drug misuse and reverse its 20% cut to support services, after new figures showed drug-related deaths increased to their highest ever level in 2015.

    National statistics published today revealed that there were 706 drug-related deaths in 2015 - 15% more than in 2014.

  • Article: Aug 17, 2016

    Scottish Liberal Democrat economy spokesperson Cllr Carolyn Caddick today said that there is no room for complacency on job figures as new statistics revealed that Scotland's employment rate is still lower than the UK average despite an increase in the number of people in work.

    Commenting, Cllr Caddick said:

  • Article: Aug 17, 2016

    Scottish Liberal Democrats have pushed for greater flexibility on childcare after a series of FOI's submitted by Fair Funding for our Kids showed that some parents are still struggling to access the childcare they are entitled to.

    Scottish Liberal Democrat spokesperson for children, Sheila Thomson said:

  • Article: Aug 17, 2016

    Scottish Liberal Democrat education spokesman Tavish Scott MSP today said too many pupils are still missing out on vital extra support as the First Minister visited a school in the Borders.

    During her visit today, the First Minister announced that 300 schools now benefit from the Scottish Government's attainment fund. This means pupils at more than 2000 schools across Scotland are missing out on support under the scheme.

  • Article: Aug 17, 2016

    Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesman Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP today said that more needs to be done to help paramedics save lives.

    Mr Cole-Hamilton was speaking as new figures obtained by the Liberal Democrats revealed that people suffering life-threatening accidents or illnesses had to wait more than 20 minutes for an ambulance to arrive on 4350 occasions last year.

  • Article: Aug 12, 2016

    Today we called upon the Scottish Government to act seriously over the concerns about Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) after we revealed that Police Scotland had over 850 million records. But what is ANPR and why should we be worried?

    What is ANPR?

    Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) technology is used to help detect, deter and disrupt criminal activity across Scotland. It works by reading your number plates as you drive past and cross-checking it against its records of vehicles of interest. It could help identify if it is stolen or uninsured.