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

  • Article: Nov 14, 2017

    Responding to a British Medical Association (BMA) survey of doctors who had studied in Europe but who are now working in the Scottish NHS that shows 34% are thinking about leaving and 14% have made plans to go, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP said:

    "Thanks to the chaos unleashed by the Conservative party, talented medics are leaving these shores and heading elsewhere.

  • Article: Nov 14, 2017

    On the face of it, this seems like a major concession. But the reality is it simply isn't good enough.

    First of all, David Davis has said that even if Parliament votes down the deal, the UK will still leave the EU. This means MPs are essentially being told to take it or leave it.

    Secondly, the government is agreeing to give MPs a say on the final Brexit deal but not the public.

  • Article: Nov 14, 2017

    Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has today described the SNP's failure to deliver a new suicide prevention strategy almost a year after the previous one expired as a "devastating dereliction of duty".

    New statistics today profiled the 5,119 people who died from suicide between 2009 and 2015, revealing three quarters were men and almost half were aged between 35 and 54.

  • Article: Nov 14, 2017

    Speaking after today's Scottish Affairs committee took evidence on immigration, Liberal Democrat Scotland spokesperson Christine Jardine MP said:

    "The evidence we heard at today's committee is of great concern. Scotland is globally renowned for its universities but academics are clearly warning that Brexit poses a huge threat, not just to universities but to the industries that rely on a highly educated workforce to thrive.

  • Article: Nov 14, 2017

    Scottish Liberal Democrats have said SNP ministers should re-establish social renting as a long term option for people and introduce new Help to Renovate loans after it was revealed that rents continue to soar in parts of Scotland.

    New Scottish Government statistics showed there has been a 4.4% increase in average 2 bedroom monthly rents in the last year. The average rent increases in Lothian and Glasgow have been more than twice the rate of inflation since 2010, adding around £200 a month to the rent on these properties.

  • Article: Nov 14, 2017

    Speaking as Parliament today (13th November) debates a petition on Scottish independence, Liberal Democrat Scottish spokesperson Christine Jardine MP said:

    "The SNP lost seats at both the Scottish election and the general election in June because the public are sick of their divisive independence drive.

  • Article: Nov 14, 2017

    Responding to the new National Audit Office report on taxation (published 14th November), Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie said:

    "Moderate, progressive taxation can be a force for good. It's about collective action to address an issue of common interest. We do not believe that taxation need be punitive, if it is applied fairly and for a clear purpose.

  • Article: Nov 13, 2017

    Responding to the announcement from BMA Scotland that they have provisionally reached an agreement with the Scottish Government on a new GP contract, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP said:

    "Between failed recruitment schemes and a Conservative Brexit disaster that is pushing critical medical staff away from the UK, the pressure on the hardworking staff who remain is intolerable and unsustainable.

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