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

  • Article: Aug 21, 2015

    Scottish Liberal Democrats have repeated their calls for an independent review of policing bodies Police Scotland and the Scottish Police Authority.

    It follows an unprecedented joint statement issued by the Chief Constable and the SPA chairman in which they defended the SNP Government's political decision to centralise Scotland's police service.

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    Article: Aug 19, 2015

    Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron has written to Theresa May to urge her to address the humanitarian crisis in Calais at her upcoming meeting with French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve.

    Tim Farron visited the Jules Ferry migrant support centre in Calais earlier this month to meet with refugees and organisations working in the area. He is calling for there to be more support and funding to tackle the lack of water, sanitation and medical supplies in the area.

  • Article: Aug 18, 2015

    Scottish Liberal Democrats leader Willie Rennie has slammed the Justice Secretary for refusing to open up a wider inquiry into the operations of Police Scotland.

    Following the tragic M9 crash last month, where Police Scotland failed to respond to a fatal incident for three days, Mr Rennie said an inquiry was required into the whole of Police Scotland rather than limiting it to police control rooms.

  • Article: Aug 18, 2015

    Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Jim Hume MSP raised a warning flag today about a potential crisis and overwhelming of the healthcare system in detecting and treating cancer within the next ten years.

    Figures released today by Information Division Scotland (ISD) projected a rise by 33% in the number of new cases of cancer (excluding non-melanoma skin cancer) between 2023-2027, due mainly to Scotland's ageing population.

  • Article: Aug 18, 2015

    Scottish Liberal Democrats have blasted attempts by the SNP Government to blame junior doctors for a slip in performance against A&E waiting times.

    Figures published by ISD Scotland showed that 94.5 percent of patients were treated within four hours in A&E units during the week ending August 9th. This falls below the 95 percent met in previous weeks by health boards.

  • Article: Aug 18, 2015

    Scottish Liberal Democrats have repeated calls to the Scottish Government to expand early years provision and to widen the distribution of an attainment fund throughout Scotland in a bid to close the attainment gap.

    It comes after First Minister Nicola Sturgeon gave a speech on education as pupils across the country went back to school today.

  • Article: Aug 18, 2015

    Scottish Liberal Democrats have welcomed a submission from ASPS, a staff association for senior officers, to the Scottish Government Advisory Group on Stop and Search.

    Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Alison McInnes MSP said:

    "This is a valuable contribution by ASPS to Scotland's debate on the use of so-called consensual stop and search by police.

  • Article: Aug 18, 2015

    Scottish Liberal Democrat leader and MSP for Mid Scotland and Fife Willie Rennie MSP has urged the Scottish Government and Fife Council to do all that they can to assist workers of Longannet Power station.

    Mr Rennie said:

    "The closure of this iconic plant marks the transition from the old to the new forms of energy generation. As the MP for Longannet I worked to secure green investment for the plant to extend its life. I know this will be a poignant moment for local people who have lived in the shadow of the plant. For the workers, it be an anxious time even though they knew this day would come. The Government and Council must do all they can for the workers, there must be an efficient and effective clean up of the site ready for new business and jobs and governments must work together to fill the energy gap that will be created by this closure."