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

  • Article: Mar 27, 2017

    Commenting on a report that the SNP has ditched a promise to reduce the working hours of junior doctors, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP said:

    "This U-turn by the Scottish Government flies in the face of the promise they made to doctors during the last election. Junior doctors can work 100 hours between days off. It is a demanding job at the best of times. Few people could do their job to the very best of their ability in these circumstances.

  • Article: Mar 27, 2017

    Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson, Liam McArthur MSP, has today written to the Cabinet Secretary for Justice, Michael Matheson, warning of the 'self-harm epidemic' in Scottish prisons after research revealed that the number of incidents has increased by over 70% in just three years.

    The letter comes in response to a freedom of information request from the Scottish Liberal Democrats which revealed that since 2013 there have been 1,512 self-harm incidents in Scottish prisons with the number is rising year-on-year.

  • Article: Mar 24, 2017

    Scottish Liberal Democrat business manager Mike Rumbles MSP has today warned that the SNP need a "laser-like focus" on improving services after a new survey showed falling public trust in the Scottish Government's ability to work in the country's best interests.

    The Scottish Social Attitudes Survey 2016 showed that the percentage of people that trust the Scottish Government to make fair decisions has fallen and suggested that the Scottish Government's highest priority should be helping the economy grow faster.

  • Article: Mar 23, 2017

    Speaking at FMQ's today, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie said:

    "For four years I would walk up Kennington Road and over Westminster Bridge. I'd look up to Big Ben then down the Thames. Dodging past the tourists taking pictures of this iconic scene recognised across the globe. I would descend the steps and into the Palace of Westminster nodding at the police officer who would nod in return. Morning, Mr Rennie. The personal touch.

  • Article: Mar 22, 2017

    Commenting on today's attack in Westminster, Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron said:

    "These were horrific and deeply tragic events and my thoughts and prayers are with the family and loved ones of those who lost their lives today and the many more who are injured.

    "The bravery and professionalism of the police and emergency services has been truly humbling."

  • Article: Mar 22, 2017

    Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Liam McArthur MSP today said police morale has been a "victim of a botched SNP centralisation" after a new survey revealed just one in ten officers and civilian staff believe the outlook for Police Scotland is good.

    A survey asked employees if they supported the statement 'I feel positive about the future within Police Scotland.' Only 10% agreed while 71% disagreed.

  • Article: Mar 22, 2017

    North East MSP Mike Rumbles has challenged the Scottish Government to live up to its promise and provide the funding needed to deliver 100% coverage of superfast broadband by 2021.

    The Scottish Government today renewed its commitment to deliver the ambitious target but figures show that funding levels fall far below the required amount to achieve it.

  • Article: Mar 21, 2017

    The Liberal Democrats have today published a paper setting out the challenges facing the UK's creative industries.

    The Power of Creativity and Brexit paints a testing picture for the industry, with potentially huge impacts from changes to freedom of movement, loss of investment and funding and less access to markets after Brexit.