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

  • Article: Apr 8, 2020

    Commenting on new rules set to apply in Scottish prisons which would allow prison governors to limit prisoners to showers twice a week, restrict the provision of books and newspapers to prisoners and suspend counselling, recreation and educational activities, Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Liam McArthur MSP said:

  • Article: Apr 8, 2020

    Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie has today called on the Scottish Government to step up the pace in providing lists of vulnerable customers who will require priority delivery slots from supermarkets.

    Mr Rennie said:

    "In England you can already register with supermarkets to get priority home shopping if you are vulnerable but the same option is not available in Scotland.

  • Article: Apr 8, 2020

    Responding to the open letter to the government expressing serious concerns about supplies of PPE equipment to frontline workers and the quality of that being received, signed by over 100 medics in Scotland, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP said:

    "We are now weeks into this crisis. It's outrageous that our health professionals are being sent out on the frontline without the protection they need. These supplies are an absolute basic.

  • Article: Apr 8, 2020

    Overcrowding will create coronavirus crisis in prisons

    Responding to reports that Public Health England and HM Prison and Probation Service have advised the Government that a reduction of 15,000 prisoners is needed to safeguard prisoners and staff during the coronavirus pandemic, Liberal Democrat Justice Spokesperson Daisy Cooper said:

  • Article: Apr 8, 2020
    By Dorothy Thornhill

    Amidst the current turbulence, we wanted to let you know you still have a chance to contribute towards the Liberal Democrats election review.

    Hundreds of members, constituency teams, donors, door knockers and other activists have sent in their own reflections and submissions; all have been read

    The panel has been working intensively since appointment earlier in the year, and the process is a thorough one; submissions have been requested from all current MPs, all former Lib Dem MPs, as well as candidates in key target seats (both Conservative and Labour facing). All Regional Chairs have been asked for submissions, and both Welsh and Scottish parties have contributed. Many individual local organisations and party bodies have conducted their own reviews which have been subsequently sent into the panel. There have been many hours of 1-2-1 interviews between the panel and key decision-makers in the Parliamentary Party, at HQ and with other team members across the organisation, including ALDC.

  • Article: Apr 8, 2020
    By Mark Pack

    Tonight, at sundown, Jewish communities across the globe will mark the beginning of Pesach/Passover. Over the next eight days, in the UK and around the world, Jewish people will commemorate the liberation of their ancestors from slavery in ancient Egypt.

    The story of Passover teaches that freedom is coming, our current situation will not last forever, and out of our trauma grows new strength

  • Article: Apr 6, 2020

    Scottish Liberal Democrat leader and North East Fife MSP Willie Rennie has appealed to billionaire tax exile Philip Day to reverse the decision of his company Edinburgh Woollen Mill to make five staff redundant at the Cupar Deer Centre.

    Mr Rennie tried for over a week to speak to the company. However when he eventually got through to the company they refused to reverse the decision.

  • Article: Apr 6, 2020

    We are leading a cross-party call for improved mental health support amidst Covid-19 crisis

    Social distancing means millions are now home alone, facing the prospect of only the most minimal contact with another soul for months. This isolation is likely to have a grave impact on their mental health.

    Millions more, without being completely isolated, will still be struggling with the rapid changes the coronavirus has wrought upon our way of life. People's anxiety will be further fueled by concern for the health of loved ones, or stress resulting from the impact of the pandemic on jobs and livelihoods.

    Given the unprecedented events we are living through, the need for mental health support could not be clearer. That's why the government must signpost the appropriate support services to every household, and adequately fund the charities that provide those services.