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

  • Article: Dec 14, 2017

    Responding to the Scottish Government draft budget, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie said:

    "The budget is a missed opportunity. It does not do enough to meet the long term needs in the economy. We'll need to scrutinise the tax proposals but the government seem to have introduced a modest tax increase. That's an approach that we advocated at the election and the SNP opposed.

  • Article: Dec 14, 2017

    Speaking after a members' debate in the Scottish Parliament on the closure of 62 RBS branches across Scotland, Scottish Liberal Democrat rural affairs spokesperson and North East MSP Mike Rumbles said:

    "This latest round of RBS branch closures is just the most recent in a long line of branch closures which have hit the residents of the rural North-East particularly hard. Not everyone can bank online and especially in our rural communities there is a clear need for a physical bank presence.

  • Article: Dec 14, 2017

    Scots Tory MPs are putting pleasing Theresa May before the wishes and the best interests of their own constituents says Lib Dem Scotland affairs spokesperson Christine Jardine.

    None of the 13 Scots Tories voted in favour of the successful amendment to ensure that any EU deal has to have Parliament's approval. One abstained.

  • Article: Dec 14, 2017

    "Last night, Parliament took back control.

    "MPs insisted on a meaningful vote and dismissed Ministers' eleventh hour attempts to buy off the rebels.

    "This is a momentous day for Parliament and a humiliating defeat for Theresa May.

    "Now that MPs are to have a meaningful vote on the deal, the British people should get one too.

  • Article: Dec 13, 2017

    Speaking in response to the latest employment statistics, the economy spokesperson for the Scottish Liberal Democrats Councillor Carolyn Caddick said:

    "These numbers will horrify people. Scottish jobs are down and unemployment is up. The Scottish economy is erratic and unsteady.

    "Both governments needs to think big for the long term. There have been massive downgrades to the economy forecast by the Office of Budget Responsibility and other commentators.

  • Article: Dec 12, 2017

    Scottish Liberal Democrat education spokesperson Tavish Scott MSP today said the SNP's class size commitments are "in tatters" after new statistics showed that they remain at their highest rate since the SNP took office.

    The annual school census reveals that the average class size this year is 23.5. The SNP also promised that P1-P3 pupils would have class sizes of 18 or less but this is being achieved for just 12.2% of children - again, the poorest performance since they came to office a decade ago.

  • Article: Dec 12, 2017

    Christine Jardine, Lib Dem Scottish Affairs Spokesperson and MP for Edinburgh West, has called on the Royal Bank of Scotland to rethink its decision to slash its front line branch services.

    RBS announced 62 branch closures at the end of November, in addition to the 443 redundancies in June and 30 branch closures in March.

  • Article: Dec 12, 2017

    Commenting on the new A&E waiting times statistics published today, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP said:

    "Winter is well and truly here and we are already seeing the worst A&E performance since the New Year.

    "Despite the hard work of NHS staff, too many patients are waiting too long for treatment. We cannot afford to let this slip further backwards.