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

  • 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

    Liberal Democrat rural affairs spokesperson Mike Rumbles MSP has today applauded cross-party efforts which saw the Scottish Government defeated in its attempt to place extensive powers on forestry directly under Ministerial control.

    Mr Rumbles said:

    "The move to absorb decision making powers on forestry into the civil service shouldn't have come as a surprise as it follows the SNP's usual ill-thought through impulses to centralise power.

  • Article: Mar 20, 2018

    Recently YouGov & Queen Mary University, London did a massive survey of the membership of the 4 largest political parties in the UK (us 'obvs', Labour, Conservatives and the Scottish National Party). They came out some pretty interesting stuff, such as...

    1. The Lib Dems are the youngest political party.

  • 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.

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    Article: Mar 20, 2018
    By Nick Harvey

    Currently, local parties are either invoiced or debited for Connect and Salesforce. Processing all this and then chasing it up involves significant staff time and pointless bureaucracy.

    Worse still, there are grotesque and unjustifiable anomalies in the sums that local parties, both large and small, are paying for these digital tools. Some are even getting them free.

  • 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.

  • Article: Mar 19, 2018

    Shetland MSP Tavish Scott today said the news that almost 300 children and adults need to be re-vaccinated is "deeply concerning".

    His comments come as it is announced that due to vaccines at Lerwick Health Centre being stored incorrect temperature, their long-term effectiveness may be reduced and therefore hundreds of children and adults will need to receive booster vaccinations.