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

  • Article: Mar 21, 2018

    Scottish Liberal Democrat Europe spokesperson Tavish Scott MSP has today highlighted the success of Liberal Democrat amendments to the EU Continuity Bill as the Parliament debates the Bill at Stage 3.

    The Bill as originally drafted bestowed extensive powers on SNP ministers. Scottish Liberal Democrats have secured a series of amendments to improve the bill including stopping ministers from creating new quangos, cutting back ministerial powers and ensuring that environmental and animal welfare protections are secured.

  • Article: Mar 21, 2018

    Scottish Liberal Democrat MSP Mike Rumbles has today demanded the SNP Government scrap an instruction to 'immediately delete' emails detailing the involvement of special advisers in responding to freedom of information requests, describing it as "outrageous" and calling for the emails to be recovered and published.

  • Article: Mar 21, 2018

    Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has today voiced his support for Monica Lennon's Member's Bill, which would require schools, colleges and universities to ensure free access to sanitary products.

    Alex Cole-Hamilton said:

    "Monica Lennon's Bill is a welcome next step on the march to stamp out period poverty in Scotland.

  • Article: Mar 21, 2018

    Responding to official figures released today showing unemployment up 5,000 and the number of people in work down 8,000, Scottish Liberal Democrat economy spokesperson Councillor Carolyn Caddick said:

    "These figures show a trembling economic picture. Thousands of jobs have been lost and Brexit threatens tens of thousands more.

  • Article: Mar 20, 2018

    Responding to the news that the closure of the Scottish Youth Theatre has been averted, Scottish Liberal Democrat culture spokesperson Councillor Eileen McCartin said:

    "Thanks to cross party efforts and pressure from campaigners, the Scottish Youth Theatre has been saved for now. It would have been unconscionable for it to close in Scotland's Year of Young People.

  • Article: Mar 20, 2018

    Commenting on new figures showing just 83.5% of people attending A&E during the week ending 11 March were admitted, transferred or discharged within 4 hours, well below the SNP Government's 95% target, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP said:

    "The Scottish Government last hit their A&E target in July 2017. Now performance has dropped 5% in the space of a week and hundreds of patients are waiting over 12 hours. The Health Secretary needs to let the concerned public know when she thinks this target will be hit at last.

  • Article: Mar 20, 2018

    Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP today said patients were being left in pain after new figures showed just half of patients were seen within the NHS physio waiting time target.

    Only 53.6% of the 71,071 patients who had a first clinical appointment with musculoskeletal (MSK) services during the quarter ending December 2017 were seen within 4 weeks. The target is to achieve this for 90% of patients.

  • Article: Mar 19, 2018

    Scottish Liberal Democrat Leader Willie Rennie will tomorrow ask the Scottish Parliamentary Bureau to change the Parliamentary business agenda for Thursday and hold an emergency debate on Russia following the Salisbury attack.

    Sergei and Yulia Skripal remain in a critical condition in hospital, with a number more injured including police Detective Sergeant Nick Bailey.