Last week Liberal Democrat Sarah Olney sent a strong message to Government when she overturned Zac Goldsmith's 23,000 majority to become the new MP for Richmond Park in London. On Monday 5th December she was sworn into the House of Commons and met up with Liberal Democrat MPs, Peers and supporters from across the country.
Speaking after today's education committee meeting, Scottish Liberal Democrat education spokesperson and Shetland MSP Tavish Scott sharply criticised the Scottish Government for refusing to provide any details of any organisations who support its plans to centralise control of Highlands & Islands Enterprise.
Commenting on Kezia Dugdale's speech to IPPR, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie MSP said:
"A new set of constitutional arrangements to replace the treaties of union was exactly what was proposed by Lord Campbells commission on Federalism in 2012. It is good to see momentum building for this and hope that Kezia will work to convince those in her party that this is the best option."
Scottish Liberal Democrat energy spokesperson Liam McArthur MSP used today's debate on 'Supporting Scotland's Renewables' to demand action from both of Scotland's governments.
Under the Coalition government, between 2010 and 2015, Britain's renewable power capacity trebled, with over £40bn invested into onshore and offshore wind farms, solar and biomass. However, Energy and Climate Change secretary Amber Rudd has announced sweeping cuts in support for renewables while also creating real uncertainty for island-based and marine renewables.
Speaking after the Deputy First Minister delivered a statement to parliament on the PISA figures which showed Scottish educational performance declining, Scottish Liberal Democrat education spokesperson Tavish Scott MSP said:
"The Scottish Government cannot shy away from its responsibility over the implementation of Curriculum for Excellence.
Scottish Liberal Democrats health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has called for more support for those living with diabetes and obesity after new figures released today showed that the number of people living with the conditions had reached record levels.
Between 2014 and 2015, the number of people living with diabetes has risen from 276,430 to 284,122, an increase of 3%, while the figures for type 2 diabetes show an increase from 244,050 to 250,881. In 2015, 65% of adults aged 16 and over were overweight, including 29% who were obese.
Following the publication of figures showing nursing and midwifery vacancies increased 2.7% in the last quarter to 2634.5, with over 800 posts lying vacant for over 3 months, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP commented:
"As winter hits, our NHS needs to be equipped to look after people and health boards need support to be able to fill these vacancies.
Scottish Liberal Democrats to act decisively in tackling fuel poverty after new statistics showed 750,000 households were suffering fuel poverty in 2015, despite a fall compared to 2014.
Official statistics today showed the rate of fuel poverty fell by 4% between 2014 and 2015, but this still left 748,000 households in fuel poverty and 203,000 homes in extreme fuel poverty. The Scottish Government recently admitted its missed its target to eradicate fuel poverty by November 2016.