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

  • Article: Feb 20, 2018

    Responding to reports that the merger of British Transport Police into Police Scotland is to be delayed, Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Liam McArthur MSP said:

    "Inexcusably, SNP ministers failed to do the basic work to identify and plan for the risks and implications of their latest centralisation. Instead, they landed the joint board with the task of implementing this policy at any cost. It didn't take long for those left to conduct the merger to deliver their verdict.

  • Article: Feb 20, 2018

    Speaking ahead of tomorrow's Stage 3 vote on the budget, Scottish Liberal Democrat Leader Willie Rennie said:

    "This budget is a missed opportunity. It fails to invest the necessary funds to transform education and make a step change in mental health services. Without the investment required we cannot give the budget our full support.

  • Article: Feb 20, 2018

    A hard Brexit will damage this thriving and flourishing industry. A recent study from the Creative Industries Federation (CIF) fears that restriction of freedom of movement may deter high-quality talent, hurting the UK economy overall. Additionally, the British Retail Consortium have estimated that around 10,200 EU nationals were employed in UK retail, with the UK Fashion and Textile Association stating that 70% of all London fashion factory workers are from the EU. Towards the end of last year, a survey revealed that 56% of all EU retail workers are worried about their ability to reside in the UK in the future.

  • Article: Feb 20, 2018

    Commenting on new A&E statistics showing recent progress has reversed and performance against the 4-hour waiting time target has fallen back below 90%, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP said:

    "It's discouraging to see A&E waiting times rising once again, just when things were starting to improve.

  • Article: Feb 19, 2018

    Commenting on ScotRail receiving record fines of £3million, Scottish Liberal Democrat transport spokesperson Mike Rumbles MSP said:

    "Far too often, passengers are enduring trains that are late, standing room only, have been stripped of carriages, lacking heating or skipping stops.

    "Last year the Scottish Government used the money from fines for a sweetener for pass holders, when it was supposed to be used to improve infrastructure and services.

  • The flags of EU countries flying.
    Article: Feb 18, 2018
    By Tom Brake

    A survey by Kantar Public, published today (Sunday, 18 February), has found that 56% of the public judge the Conservatives' handling of Berexit as poor or very poor.

    Whether people are for or against Brexit, there is clearly growing anger that the Conservatives are badly mishandling negotiations.

    Warring factions in the Conservative Party mean the prospect of sensible negotiations has long since disappeared.

    This is why there is growing support for the Liberal Democrat policy of a vote on the terms of the deal, with the option of an exit from Brexit.

  • Article: Feb 18, 2018

    Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has today called on the Scottish Government to mend its "chronically chaotic" approach to workforce planning as new statistics show the bill for NHS consultants' overtime totalled more than £38,000 a day over the past three years.

  • The union flag flying next to the EU flag.
    Article: Feb 17, 2018

    Everything Theresa May said in this speech illustrated that being in the EU is the best way of securing our security objectives.

    This was an opportunity for her to show some pragmatism.

    She could have shown willingness to compromise on the European Court of Justice so as to break the logjam on the European Arrest Warrant and to make sure we have access to Europol's information.

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