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Why you should vote Lib Dem on Thursday

Earlier in the campaign I was film some short clips for BBC Scotland on some of the big choices that Scotland is facing at this election.

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China deal timeline: what is Nicola Sturgeon hiding?

In March Nicola Sturgeon signed a deal with two Chinese companies that could be worth up to £10bn. But she didn’t tell anyone about it. 

This is unusual. The SNP government usually would put out a press release about the opening of an envelope. But days after the deal was signed, the top news stories on the government website were on changes to dog fouling fines and an update on the Scottish beaver population.

Soon afterwards, newspaper reports linked one of the firms involved with corruption and human rights abuses. Now the Scottish Government say they won’t publish correspondence on the controversial agreement until after the election.

People are asking “what else does Nicola Sturgeon has to hide?”

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The Tories put party before the Union

As the Holyrood elections get closer and closer, I have become increasingly bemused that Ruth Davidson and others have sought to claim that the Conservatives are somehow the authentic opposition to the SNP.

It jars starkly with my experience when governing alongside the Conservatives in Coalition in Whitehall for five years.

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First time voter? Here's what you need to know:

If you're voting for the first time in a Holyrood election, this is what you need to know:

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Seven days to be the best again

This election, I’m having the time of my life. We are running an uplifting campaign that is focusing on the big challenges that Scotland is facing today.

Everywhere I go, people come up to me to say how pleased they are that our party is campaigning strongly on education and that we are giving mental health the attention it has missed out on for years.

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Attainment figures must be published

Everyone knows that children in Scotland deserve the very best start in life.

A quality education is key to making Scotland the best again. It increases opportunity, boosts the economy and enables children to fulfil their potential.

We know that Scottish education used to be the best in the world. Now the OECD says it is just average.

I don’t think that is good enough.

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We must do more on mental health

Last year at a local advice surgery, I met a Mum who was at enormously worries about her daughter.

She had been experiencing mental ill health, and self-harming.

But she was not getting the support that she needed from the health service.

It had taken a year for her to see a specialist.

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Is that it?

Earlier today the SNP launched their manifesto at a glitzy venue in Edinburgh. But once the slick videos had finished and the music died down, there was only one question in my mind.

Is that it?

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Green proposals hit the right note on Climate Day

Scotland has some of the best green targets in the world but the hard truth is that they have been missed for the last four years. This needs to change.

If Scotland is going to be the best again we need to start meeting our climate change goals.

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How to vote by post - a step by step guide

In the next few days, postal votes will be landing on doormats across Scotland. Here's a quick & easy guide on how to complete yours:

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