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

  • Article: Mar 22, 2018

    Today is World Water Day, and competition for this increasingly scarce resource is affecting the environmental integrity and biodiversity of our world.

    The undeniable fact is that freshwater ecosystems are the source of almost all the water we use in our cities and in manufacturing, and about half the water we use to grow crops. For many of us in developed countries good water is so plentiful and readily available that we rarely pause to consider what life would be like without it. However, we know that for many of the world's poorest, clean water, on tap, is a dream.

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    Article: Mar 22, 2018

    A little over two weeks ago, we asked our members a question. Do you like being a member of the Lib Dems?

    More than 12,000 of you replied - and this is what you had to say:


    80% of you are happy being members - which is great. But we can still do better - and we'll be working hard to raise that number! We also asked you what you want to get out of your membership - and you said:

  • Article: Mar 22, 2018

    Responding to the confusion about when the Aberdeen Bypass (AWPR) will now open, with ministers predicting it could now be "late autumn 2018", North East MSP and Scottish Liberal Democrat transport spokesperson Mike Rumbles said:

    "This is a complete shambles. The Cabinet Secretary has clearly lost total control of this process.

  • Article: Mar 22, 2018

    Following a working lunch between myself and European Liberal Prime Ministers in Brussels, we have issued a joint statement.

    In that statement, the Prime Ministers said:

    "We regret Brexit, but acknowledge the choice made by British voters for the UK Government to negotiate withdrawal."

    "We further acknowledge and support the Liberal Democrats' call for the British people to have the final say on the Brexit deal.

  • Article: Mar 22, 2018

    Scottish Liberal Democrats today urged the SNP Government to make a transformational investment in education and mental health after new statistics showed poverty on the rise.

    Official figures show that 1 million people in Scotland (19%) were living in relative poverty between 2014 and 2017, including 230,000 children. They also show 8% of people are in persistent poverty.

  • Article: Mar 22, 2018

    Speaking after the Information Commissioner appeared before the Public Audit and Post-Legislative Scrutiny Committee meeting on freedom of information, Mike Rumbles MSP said:

    "It's all well and good for the Scottish Government to acknowledge failures in transparent governance, but we're nine months down the line and they've shown no commitment to changing their ways.

  • Article: Mar 22, 2018

    Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Liam McArthur MSP today said the Scottish Government must now bring forward legislation regulating the use of biometrics, after a second independent expert report echoed the party's call for stronger governance and independent oversight.

    It has been three years since a Liberal Democrat investigation triggered concerns about how the police use new and emerging biometric technologies such as facial recognition. As a result, HMICS was asked to conduct a review and its report two years ago recommended reforms.

  • 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.