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

  • Article: Oct 21, 2016

    Last night saw the results of the Witney by-election - we started the campaign in 4th place as 50/1 outsiders and thanks to the relentless, positive campaign we ran, dented the Conservative majority and secured one of our best by-election results in decades. This is what you need to know:

    1: If this result was repeated across the UK, the Tories would lose their majority

  • Article: Oct 20, 2016

    The Scottish Government is not lacking for problems which require urgent action.

    Over the last few weeks we have had reports that two thirds of emergency GP training places are going unfilled. Police union chiefs told a fringe meeting at SNP conference that police cars are being held together with duct tape and cable ties. Our economic growth is lagging behind the rest of the UK.

  • Article: Oct 20, 2016

    Liberal Democrat peer, John Sharkey, whose Private Member's Bill was instrumental in securing a pardon for Alan Turing, has reached an agreement with the Government which will grant a posthumous pardon to thousands of gay and bisexual men convicted under long abolished sexual offence laws.

    Those similarly convicted but still alive will also receive pardons if they have successfully applied for a disregard or in future successfully apply for a disregard under the Protection of Freedoms Act.

  • Article: Oct 17, 2016

    Responding to the Investigatory Powers Tribunal ruling today which found that UK security agencies unlawfully collected data of British citizens for over a decade, Liberal Democrat Home Affairs Spokesperson Alistair Carmichael said:

    "Allowing the state to collect endless amounts of personal data is not just a gross invasion of a privacy, it is a waste of precious resources.

  • Article: Oct 13, 2016

    key_rma.pngAt their Autumn Conference this year, the Liberal Democrats welcomed business leaders and experts from multiple sectors to a roundtable discussion focused on the digital skills gaps in today's workforce. The discussion was attended by a diverse set of businesses from sectors including tech, energy, banking and construction; and was hosted by Jack Barmby, Founder and CEO of Customer Service Solutions business FM Outsource.

  • Article: Oct 12, 2016

    Long-term EU loans for vital infrastructure projects across the UK are being put at risk due to the Conservative government's divisive rhetoric and failure to plan properly for Brexit, Liberal Democrat Leader Tim Farron has warned.

    Last year the European Investment Bank provided a record £5.6 billion of long-term investment to the UK including for social housing, hospitals and schools. But the President of the Bank has warned that this level cannot be maintained and that UK projects will find it increasingly difficult to get loans approved by other EU members.

  • Article: Oct 12, 2016

    Speaking in today's Brexit debate in the House of Commons, Liberal Democrat European Union spokesperson Nick Clegg commented:

    "The Conservatives are reinventing history and ignoring precedent.

    "They say there was an overwhelming majority, but clearly it was relatively close.

    "They claim to have a telepathic ability to know exactly why over 17 million voted Leave, and that all those reasons are the same.

  • Article: Oct 11, 2016

    If this was just 12km over those hills it would probably have been destroyed by Daesh.

    This was how the 33-year-old governor of Baalbek-Hermel described the World Heritage Site of the temples of Jupiter and Bacchus in Lebanon. Possibly the world's most intact Greek, Roman and Byzantine remains didn't have many visitors when I was there with the governor and their charismatic caretaker last week. British travel advice marks the whole of the province, along the Bequaa valley and bordering Syria, as red against all travel. I couldn't help but think of the other caretakers of such precious world treasures who have sacrificed their lives in order to preserve such gems of human culture and history. The vulnerability of the site reflects that of the people who live around it. The region has seen its population grow by a third with Syrians fleeing the hell-like slaughter of their country's bloody internal conflict.