Time to think again on Named Person

Liberal Democrats originally supported Named Person but, in the light of recent events and a collapse in public confidence we believe a fresh look is needed.

We did support the Children and Young Person’s Act which includes the Named Person requirement when it was before Parliament in 2014.

Our initial view was that this seemed like a sledgehammer to crack a nut. Surely, we thought, when resources are tight, we should focus on the most vulnerable. Yet this proposal had been developed by professionals on the ground rather than as a knee jerk measure from a nationalist administration that has tended to seek control as an answer to most questions.

That is why it deserved further consideration. My colleague Liam McArthur examined the proposals in detail on the Education Committee. We were persuaded that as it was primarily about making it easier for families to access services and support and that it did not shift the balance between the responsibilities of the state and families it should receive our cautious support.

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First Minister is risking the pro-EU consensus

At the Turriff show today I met plenty of farmers who are worried about what the Brexit vote means for them. So far we have seen little in the way of reassurance or detail from the UK or Scottish governments. That needs to change. We need to see a focus on finding solutions.

The First Minister reached out to other parties to build a consensus and a joint effort following the result of the EU referendum. She put party divisions on other issues to one side so that the parliament could speak loudly and clearly.

Yet now she risks wrecking that consensus.

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Taking Scotland Forwards

Earlier this week, during the Taking Scotland Forwards debate, I set out our hopes for the next five years of SNP Government, where we can work together and where we think they need to do more.

Here's what I had to say:

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