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

  • Article: May 14, 2015

    Scottish Liberal Democrat education spokesperson Liam McArthur MSP has challenged SNP ministers to do better by young people with disabilities as he highlighted figures showing only 0.4% of modern apprentices are disabled.

    Speaking during a Scottish Government debate on Modern Apprenticeships today, Mr McArthur raised concern at the lack of improvement in participation when some 8 percent of 16-24 year olds in Scotland is disabled.

  • Article: May 13, 2015

    Scottish Liberal Democrats have said that Police Scotland's armed policing policy isn't working for the police or the communities that they serve.

    It comes after a national newspaper today published a photograph of two armed officers entering a Waitrose in Stirling at 9am on a weekday morning.

    This was despite assurances from the Assistant Chief Constable Bernard Higgins that police were expected to use their professional judgement but that he would not expect to see officers in a busy shop in the afternoon.

  • Article: May 13, 2015

    Commenting on the Conservatives' plans to introduce banning orders, Liberal Democrat MP Tom Brake said:

    "Liberal Democrats blocked Theresa May's plans for banning orders on three different occasions.

    "If she has just re-heated her original proposals, they are ill thought through, illiberal and will not tackle the problem they are supposedly designed to solve.

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    Article: May 13, 2015

    Since polls closed on Thursday, more than 10,000 new members have joined the Liberal Democrats.

    The surge continues as Liberal Democrats across the country have been fighting back and making the case for liberal values of freedom, liberty and change.

    We're recruiting people who have never joined a party in the past but want to stand together against the things this Conservative government is already promising to do.

  • Article: May 12, 2015

    Scottish Liberal Democrats have said it would be rank hypocrisy if the SNP didn't scrap its super ID database plans after it was revealed the party will oppose the Snooper's Charter due to civil liberties concerns.

    It comes after a newspaper today reported that the SNP will oppose the Tories' flagship Snooper's Charter - a policy which the Liberal Democrats blocked in government. However, the SNP would do so at the same time as building its own illiberal super database, assigning every person in Scotland with a unique number and expanding access to the central database to 120 public bodies.

  • Article: May 9, 2015

    Please below a message to Liberal Democrat members from Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie MSP following the result of the General Election.

    Mr Rennie has paid tribute to the "liberal giants" of Scottish politics and has said the party will reflect seriously on the verdict of the Scottish people.

  • Daniel Coleman Willie Rennie Craig Duncan
    Article: May 8, 2015

    Dundee Liberal Democrats would like to thank everyone in Dundee and Angus who supported Daniel Coleman (Dundee West) and Craig Duncan (Dundee East) at the General Election yesterday.

    This was a difficult day for the Liberal Democrats - not just in Dundee but across the country, but we are in good heart and we will continue to work for Dundee all year round - not just at election time!

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    Article: May 8, 2015

    Nick Clegg has written to Liberal Democrat members following the General Election. His letter is below:

    Dear Friends,

    I always expected this election to be exceptionally difficult for the Liberal Democrats, given the heavy responsibilities we have had to bear in government in the most challenging of circumstances.

    But clearly the results have been immeasurably more crushing and unkind than I could ever have feared.

    For that, of course, I must take responsibility and therefore I announce that I will be resigning as leader of the Liberal Democrats.

    A leadership election will now take place according to the party's rules. Our President, Sal Brinton, will be in touch with you later on today with details of that process.

    For the last seven years it has been a privilege and an honour to lead a party of the most resilient, courageous and remarkable people.

    The Liberal Democrats are a family and I will always be extremely proud of the warmth, good grace and good humour which our political family has shown through the ups and downs of recent years.

    I want to thank every member, every campaigner, every councillor and every parliamentarian for the commitment you have shown to our country and to our party.

    It is simply heart-breaking to see so many friends and colleagues who have served their constituents so diligently over so many years abruptly lose their seats because of forces entirely beyond their control.

    In 2011, after a night of disappointing election results for our party, one of our candidates in Edinburgh, Alex Cole-Hamilton said that if his defeat was part-payment for the ending of child detention then he accepted it with all his heart.

    Those words revealed a selfless dignity which is rare in politics but common amongst Liberal Democrats.

    We will never know how many lives we changed for the better because we had the courage to step up at a time of crisis.

    But we have done something that cannot be undone.

    Because there can be no doubt that we leave Government with Britain a far stronger, fairer, greener and more liberal country than it was five years ago.

    However unforgiving the judgement has been of the Liberal Democrats in the ballot box, I believe the history books will judge our party kindly for the service we sought to provide to the nation at a time of great economic difficultly and for the policies and values which we brought to bear on government - opportunity, fairness and liberty - which I believe will stand the test of time.

    It is no exaggeration to say that in the absence of strong and statesmanlike leadership, Britain's place in Europe and the world, and the continued existence of our United Kingdom itself, is now in grave jeopardy.

    And the cruellest irony of all is that it is exactly at this time that British liberalism - that fine, noble tradition that believes that we are stronger together and weaker apart - is more needed than ever before.

    We must keep fighting for it.

    That is both the great challenge and the great cause that my successor will have to face.

    I will always give my unstinting support to all those who continue to keep the flame of British liberalism alive.

    On the morning after the most crushing blow to the Liberal Democrats since our party was founded it is easy to imagine that there is no road back.

    But there is because there is no path to a fairer, greener, freer Britain without British liberalism showing the way.

    This is a very dark hour for our party but we cannot and will not allow decent liberal values to be extinguished overnight.

    Our party will come back. Our party will win again.

    It will take patience, resilience and grit. But that is what has built our party before - and will rebuild it again.

    Thank you, so much, for everything you have done.

    Nick Clegg

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