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

  • Article: Feb 24, 2017

    Speaking in response to the resignation of Moi Ali from the Scottish Police Authority and today's tweet by HM Chief Inspector of Constabulary Derek Penman critical of the lack of published meeting papers, the justice spokesperson for the Scottish Liberal Democrats Liam McArthur MSP said:

    "The resignation of Moi Ali from the Scottish Police Authority, in part because of the lack of transparency in the organisation, and today's tweet by HMCIS Derek Penman show it is time for a change of attitude on the Authority.

  • Article: Feb 24, 2017

    Scottish Liberal Democrat deputy leader Alistair Carmichael MP has today congratulated Labour on their "long, slow walk to federalism" after the Scottish Labour conference passed a motion in favour of a federal UK and a constitutional convention.

    Mr Carmichael said:

    "A new set of constitutional arrangements to replace the treaties of union was exactly what was proposed by former Liberal Democrat leader Menzies Campbell's commission on Federalism in 2012.

  • Article: Feb 24, 2017

    Following the announcement by the Defence Secretary that Leuchars will become the main hub for army activity in Scotland, Willie Rennie, Scottish Liberal Democrat Leader and North East Fife MSP, commented:

    "This announcement is good new for Leuchars. It means that the military base can be the major focus for the army in the whole of Scotland.

  • Article: Feb 24, 2017

    Responding to reports that a Scottish Police Authority board member has resigned after believing she was punished for raising concerns about transparency at the watchdog, Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Liam McArthur said:

    "This member has been forced out for standing up for basic democratic principles. The SPA spends billions of pounds of taxpayers money. Attempts to hush up their work are unacceptable.

  • Article: Feb 24, 2017

    The Lib Dem fight-back continued in the Potteries by-election, as UKIP failed to live up to its own hype in the Leave centre of Britain.

    Liberal Democrat president Sal Brinton, seeing the party's share of the vote more than double, said from Stoke:

    "The Potteries decided there was no need to have UKIP's official leader in parliament when UKIP's unofficial leader is already in Number 10, pursuing a hard Brexit."

  • Article: Feb 23, 2017

    In a response to questions lodged by North East MSP Mike Rumbles the Scottish Government Finance Minister has refused to say whether the Scottish Government has made any assessment of how many businesses could fail as a result of the proposed business rates revaluations.

    This week, following sustained pressure from local businesses, press and politicians, the Scottish Government U-turned on planned business rates hike for thousands of medium sized businesses by introducing a National Relief Scheme - limiting the rates rise to 12.5% for 9500 businesses.

  • Article: Feb 23, 2017

    The Scottish Government's Finance Minister has signalled that the Scottish Government are minded to re-open submissions on the public consultation to the Barclay Review Of Business Rates in Scotland.

    In today's Budget Debate in the Scottish Parliament, North East MSP Mike Rumbles called for the consultation to be reopened, following the government U-turn earlier this week, and the Minister spoke positively and said would seriously consider the proposal.

  • Article: Feb 23, 2017

    Willie Rennie has criticised the First Minister for continuing confusion on whether the SNP have dropped their policy of 1000 extra police officers.

    Following Questions to the First Minister Willie Rennie said:

    "The First Minister has ditched the 1000 extra police officers policy that she boasted about for years but doesn't have the courage to tell anyone.