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

  • Article: May 22, 2018

    Speaking at this morning's meeting of the Scottish Parliament's Health & Sport Committee, senior medical professionals warned that "there is something not right" with existing efforts to tackle children and young people's mental health. They were backed by Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton who called for more investment in services and a step change in mental health treatment.

  • Article: May 22, 2018

    Responding to today's announcement of the latest Scottish Attainment Challenge projects, Scottish Liberal Democrat education spokesperson Tavish Scott said:

    "Scottish Liberal Democrats pressed the Scottish Government for six years to introduce pupil equity funding but SNP parliamentarians kept on rejecting these proposals. If they had listened at the time we could be much further on in narrowing the attainment gap and tackling poverty and deprivation.

  • Article: May 22, 2018

    Commenting on new employment figures compiled by the Scottish Government and released today, Scottish Liberal Democrat economy spokesperson Carolyn Caddick said:

    "Scotland's economic performance has been sluggish and mediocre for the better part of a decade.

    "Brexit is hitting the UK's economic performance but this analysis shows that the Scottish Government cannot simply point the finger elsewhere. On their watch job creation trails behind every other part of the UK.

  • Article: May 22, 2018

    Following the ministerial statement on police call handling, Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Liam McArthur MSP said:

    "I recognise the work carried out by those in C3 division in response to the serious concerns surrounding call handling within Police Scotland. Despite his talk of the need for 'continuous learning', however, the Cabinet Secretary fails to recognise the part played by the SNP government's botched centralisation in creating these problems in the first place.

  • Article: May 21, 2018

    Following the news that 500 uniformed police officers will be equipped with a taser from next month, Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Liam McArthur MSP commented:

    "This rollout needs to be proportionate, the training must be robust and there needs to be rigorous scrutiny after each use of a taser.

  • Article: May 21, 2018

    Responding to Ruth Davidson's speech to the Policy Exchange thinktank, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie said:

    "The speech was about the importance of unity but did not have a word about the deep divisions within the 13 Scottish Conservative MPs about whether the single market is a good thing or not.

  • Article: May 21, 2018

    Responding to the First Minister's appearance on Peston today, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie said:

    "With the economic and social impact of Brexit becoming more and more obvious, you would think that Nicola Sturgeon would start to recognise the damage that tearing up a successful union does.

  • Article: May 21, 2018

    Responding to comments from Scottish government adviser Dr Roy Robertson suggesting that people caught with small amounts of illegal substances should no longer be prosecuted, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie said:

    "It is time for a sensible and enlightened new approach to address the damage that drugs inflict on our communities, families and individuals. We need a policy that prevents unnecessary deaths, alleviates the burden on our NHS and frees up the justice system to tackle the people and organised crime groups producing and dealing drugs.