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

  • Article: Jul 28, 2021

    Responding to the Scottish Government's announcement of funding for the Young Person's Guarantee, interim leader Alistair Carmichael MP said:

    "For too many young Scots the pandemic has set back their plans for learning, earning and getting ahead in life.

    "A government guarantee of education, training or a job for all young Scots is something that all parties are united behind.

  • Article: Jul 28, 2021

    Responding to comments from Deputy First Minister John Swinney on Good Morning Scotland in which he said that barring people who refuse a coronavirus vaccination from certain large events is the wrong approach, Alistair Carmichael MP said:

    "For months SNP ministers have flitted back and forward over the introduction of vaccine passports. You would be forgiven for suspecting that they would like to impose "Covid ID" but are just embarrassed that the Tories got there first.

  • Article: Jul 28, 2021

    Responding to the publication of new Test and Protect statistics, Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP commented:

    "The Scottish Government were totally unprepared for the recent rise in case numbers. The tracing system should never have collapsed in the way it did.

    "Some tracing activities were switched off altogether, critical interviews were scaled back dramatically and today the goalposts are moving in how delays are reported.

  • Article: Jul 27, 2021

    Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has today set out a to-do list of areas in which the Health Secretary must take action including measures to boost vaccine uptake among young people, improve the performance of the Protect Scotland app and extra contact tracing staff.

  • Article: Jul 27, 2021

    New statistics released by Public Health Scotland show A&E departments continue to struggle as the four-hour target time dropped again to a new lowest level since January 2018.

    Only 78.7% of people attending A&E were seen within four hours. The target set by the Scottish Government is 95%.

    Data from NHS Forth Valley reveals that out of 1,211 patients only 58.3% were seen within the 4 hours target.

  • Article: Jul 27, 2021

    Far North MP Jamie Stone has today urged tourists to "act with caution" after new analysis revealed that the Highlands have seen a 1000% increase in covid cases in the past six weeks.

    Analysis by The Herald, reveals that the month of June recorded a fifth of NHS Highland's total number of cases since the start of the pandemic. During the June 10 - June 22 week the following covid cases have been recorded

  • Article: Jul 27, 2021

    Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton has today said that ministers must hit the phones and ensure that everyone who has not yet had a vaccine receives a phone call to offer an appointment and win over any waverers.

    His proposals come after days of discussion of figures showing lower uptakes for vaccines among the younger age groups.

  • Article: Jul 23, 2021

    Scottish Liberal Democrat interim leader Alistair Carmichael has today highlighted new figures released by the House of Lords European Affairs Committee which reveal that only 2% of all applications for the EU Settlement Scheme were from people aged over 65, reigniting new concerns on the current status of EU nationals living in the UK.