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

  • Article: Feb 14, 2018

    The Ferret's latest housing investigation has revealed the first of the 1491 houses built under the Scottish Government's National Housing Trust programme have begun to be sold off, in a move which has been condemned as the SNP reviving the "right to buy".

    Responding to the story, Liberal Democrat housing spokesperson Caron Lindsay said:

  • Article: Feb 14, 2018
    By Tom Brake

    If this speech was supposed to offer an olive branch to Remainers, Boris must have picked up the other version.

    A clear majority of Remain and Leave voters oppose the damaging hard Brexit Boris so vigorously advocates.

    They do not want job cuts triggered by tougher trading conditions with our largest export market or life-threatening uncertainty at the border between Ireland and Northern Ireland.

    Boris's antipathy towards the common rules and standards which apply within the EU, and to trade within the EU, is in stark contrast to Brexiters head-long rush to adopt common standards with the US which would require the UK to accept chlorine-washed chicken, hormone-fed beef, GMO products and potentially open up the NHS to US private health companies.

    If Boris is seeking to establish himself as the standard bearer of liberalism, he should dump plans to come out of the Single Market and Customs Union and campaign to stay in the world's largest free trade area.

  • Article: Feb 13, 2018

    In his address to the David Hume Institute on Tuesday evening, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie MSP will urge Labour moderates and those opposed to the devastation set in motion by Brexit to join the campaign to secure a vote on the terms of the Brexit deal.

    Mr Rennie will call on remainers within the Labour camp to heed changing public opinion and give the people the final say on any Brexit deal, in the wake of the disastrous economic projections revealed in the UK Government's impact assessments.

  • Article: Feb 13, 2018

    Edinburgh West MP Christine Jardine, has condemned the "fudged" position of the UK Government over arms sales to Turkey, following attacks on the Kurdish community in Afrin, Syria.

    In a written question, the Liberal Democrat MP had asked the UK Foreign Office whether arms sales to Turkey would be stopped following the attacks on the city.

  • Article: Feb 13, 2018
    By Shas Sheehan

    Helen Evans, former head of safeguarding at Oxfam, made damning accusations about the lack of basic processes and disregard of serious concerns she raised, the substance of which were not denied by the Chief Executive.

    The government must now accept that nothing short of a full and far-reaching enquiry into illegal sexual behaviour within Oxfam and across the wider aid sector, will do.

  • Article: Feb 12, 2018

    Responding to calls from the Scottish Parliament's Local Government and Communities committee for more to be done to provide homeless people with permanent accommodation, Scottish Liberal Democrat housing spokesperson Caron Lindsay said:

    "Nobody should be without a place to call home.

    "That's why Scottish Liberal Democrats will continue to press SNP ministers to increase the number of homes for social rent, and seek to overturn callous Conservative social security measures which are so callously causing this growing epidemic."

  • Article: Feb 12, 2018

    Responding to the Scottish Government's announcement of a new drive to recruit radiologists, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP said:

    "While this will provide a welcome boost to radiology services, it's clear that the Scottish Government's NHS workforce plan isn't up to scratch. Hundreds of posts are lying vacant for months on end as Nicola Sturgeon's decision to cut training places comes back to bite.

  • Article: Feb 11, 2018

    Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has today warned that SNP ministers have relied on the goodwill of NHS staff for far too long as he revealed that NHS staff have logged more than 16,000 reports of concern over staffing levels in the past four years.

    Figures uncovered through Scottish Liberal Democrat Freedom of Information requests have revealed that across 11 Scottish health boards, doctors, nurses and other NHS workers registered 16,635 reports of concerns over staffing levels between 2013/14 and 2016/17.