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

  • Article: Feb 17, 2017

    Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie MSP has today written to the Finance Secretary to propose changes to Police Scotland that would see its VAT bill abolished.

    However, the letter also makes clear that Police Scotland incurring VAT has occurred as a direct consequence of the Scottish Government's centralisation drive.

  • Article: Feb 17, 2017

    Responding to Tony Blair's speech today on Brexit, Liberal Democrat Leader Tim Farron said:

    "Tony Blair is right. The challenge now is to persuade people to change their mind and the Liberal Democrats are the only party offering them a chance to have their voice heard again.

    "Blair's speech shows how badly Corbyn's Labour has failed as an Opposition.

  • Article: Feb 17, 2017

    Responding to Tony Blair's speech to the pro-European campaign group, Open Britain, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie said:

    "Tony Blair is right about Europe but wrong about independence.

    "The Conservative's hard Brexit is bad for Britain's economy which is why the public need the final say on the deal.

  • Article: Feb 16, 2017

    Britain could be more vulnerable to terrorism and organised crime after a hard Brexit, Europol's chief has warned.

    Director of Europol Robert Wainright told Sky News today that Britain could be more vulnerable if the Government fails to secure access to vital intelligence sharing.

    Commenting on the warnings, Liberal Democrat Shadow Foreign Secretary Tom Brake said: "People did not vote to undermine our country's security.

  • Article: Feb 15, 2017

    Responding to the warning from doctors that radiology is "on the brink of collapse", putting patient safety at risk, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP said:

    "Hospitals can quickly become congested unless there are sufficient numbers of radiologists.

    "This is the latest warning of a crisis in our NHS. Nurses say we are juggling with demographic time-bomb, charities tell us shortfalls in mental health care are leaving children in distress and A&E targets have been missed time and time again.

  • Article: Feb 15, 2017

    Scottish Liberal Democrat education spokesperson Tavish Scott MSP has today criticised the Scottish Government's over their 'Thatcherite' policy of school testing after it was revealed that data released by the Scottish Government is already resulting in classrooms being pitted against each other.

    The comments come after a report in the Times today revealed that shortly after the first set of results on school testing were published in December a stage by stage analysis with separate statistics for P1, P4 and P7 was sneaked out, making it possible in some cases to identify the work of individual classes and teachers.

  • Article: Feb 15, 2017

    Responding to the increase in unemployment, Scottish Liberal Democrat economy spokesperson Cllr Carolyn Caddick said:

    "It is concerning to see unemployment rise in Scotland while it falls in the rest of the UK. With the SNP upping the rhetoric on independence and the Tories jumping off a hard Brexit cliff the Scottish economy is suffering from a double whammy of uncertainty.

  • Article: Feb 15, 2017

    Responding to revelations that the SNP headquarters is set to benefit from the proposed changes to business rates, Scottish Liberal Democrat business manager Mike Rumbles MSP said:

    "The news that the headquarters of the SNP is set to gain from their proposed changes to business rates will leave a bitter taste in the mouth of many businesses. While some businesses are now having to contemplate their future due to these changes it turns out the SNP will profit from it. I wonder if they will now provide more support to their Banff and Buchan branch who couldn't afford a hotel room because of the changes to business rates.