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

  • Article: Jan 15, 2018

    Speaking in response to emails released by the Public Audit Committee relating to the aborted return of Chief Constable Phil Gormley from special leave, Justice spokesperson Liam McArthur MSP said:

    "This saga serves as yet further proof that the few individuals at the top of the SNP's centralised, secretive policing structure are all too close for comfort. Power is heavily concentrated in the hands of just a handful of people at the very top and that needs to change.

  • Article: Jan 15, 2018

    North East MSP Mike Rumbles said:

    "Liberal Democrats warned as long ago as last July that Carillion were facing financial difficulties.

    "This collapse has put jobs across the country at risk. We need to see decisive action from the government to minimise damage to the construction industry and keep the supply chain going, whether than be taking responsibility for the projects or through re-tendering.

  • Article: Jan 15, 2018

    Responding to Nicola Sturgeon's statement that she will decide in the Autumn about whether to hold another independence referendum the leader of the Scottish Liberal Democrats Willie Rennie said:

    "There will be a collective, depressed sigh across Scotland today that our First Minister is plotting on independence once again.

  • Article: Jan 15, 2018

    Speaking in response to a report in the Sunday Herald that a senior Scottish Government civil servant met chief constable Phil Gormley on 30th November, the justice spokesperson for the Scottish Liberal Democrats Liam McArthur MSP said:

    "This report means that last week's parliamentary statement by the Justice Secretary was incomplete. A senior official meeting Mr Gormley is something that should have been mentioned, given the claims by his legal team that he raised his employment status at the meeting.

  • Article: Jan 14, 2018

    Scottish Liberal Democrats have today revealed that the Scottish Government has purchased almost half a million disposable cups in the past year, equivalent to more than 1,200 per day.

    Orkney MSP Liam McArthur said the revelation showed the Scottish Government must "get its own house in order" and challenged Scottish Ministers to lead by example in reducing waste.

  • Article: Jan 12, 2018

    Shetland MSP Tavish Scott has today called on the Scottish Government to improve transparency and accountability, warning that "There can only be one reason that government ministers do not keep a formal record of a meeting. They have something to hide."

    The 'Get it Minuted' campaign is calling on people and organisations to insist on meetings with the Scottish Government having agendas, notes and minutes.

  • Article: Jan 11, 2018

    Alistair Carmichael, MP for the Northern Isles, has challenged the Government over their continued supply of UK arms to Saudi Arabia, which are then used on civilian targets.

    Speaking in the House of Commons, Mr. Carmichael said:

    "Given what we know Saudi Arabia to be doing in Yemen is it appropriate that we should still be selling arms to them?"

  • The flags of EU countries flying.
    Article: Jan 11, 2018
    By Tom Brake

    Brexit could cause the UK to lose half a million jobs and nearly £50bn in investment by 2030, a report commissioned by Sadiq Khan has found.

    The London Mayor said the government should negotiate to stay in the single market and customs union.

    It comes days after Jeremy Corbyn refused to attend a cross-party summit on keeping the UK in the single market.

    This bombshell report should make obligatory bedtime reading for Jeremy Corbyn.

    Half a million jobs could be a lost as a result of the hard Brexit that Corbyn has ordered his MPs to vote for.

    The Labour leadership must listen to the Mayor of London and back efforts to minimise the impact of Brexit by keeping Britain in the Single Market and Customs Union.

    It's also crucial that the option of an exit from Brexit is kept on the table through a vote on the deal.

    We can protect jobs and living standards against a botched Conservative Brexit, but only if Labour comes off the fence.