On Sunday, I was pleased to be invited to address the congregation at St John’s Church in Edinburgh. My speech was a little bit different from the usual contributions from the pulpit but it seemed to go down well! I told them about my grandfather – a minister in the Church of Scotland.
I spoke about my family background and how my closest relatives helped shape my own political outlook.
I spoke of the challenges facing my party and the values that drive liberals to try and make a difference. Have a read for yourselves. This is what I had to say:Read more
A heartbroken father singing to revive his injured daughter as she lay in a hospital bed is an image that will flash into my mind whenever I think of Lamara Bell and John Yuill.
We owe it to Lamara, John, their families and friends to get to the facts behind their tragic deaths.Read more
I want to make every person I am about to meet redundant. I write this as a wait for a meeting with my colleagues in the House of Lords - a pretty powerful group in our party these days. As a reformer you may expect a Liberal Democrat leader to seize every opportunity to replace the cogs of the anachronistic Houses of Parliament. Yes, I want to abolish the Lords. And yes, to complete the Federalism project we need substantial reform to decentralise power in England. But any reform must be substantial rather than just Conservative tinkering that helps, eh, the Conservatives.Read more
Alex Salmond once referred to Scotland under the SNP as a progressive beacon. Now we are being referred to the United Nations by our very own human rights commission.Read more
If you ask people about the things they value most, their health – and that of their families – is usually towards the top of the list.
Staff in our NHS do fantastic work every day to help keep us on the go. But what has become increasingly clear is that doctors and nurses are not getting the support they need.
The SNP has been in charge of our health service for eight years and their record speaks for itself.Read more
After the general election in May, the Liberal Democrats have set up our biggest ever listening exercise ever.Read more
After months and months of waiting the SNP Government thought it would aid parliamentary scrutiny by publishing its new oil projections at the fag end of the parliamentary session this week.Read more
It’s been all too predictable. In fact we did predict it. We warned that centralisation of the police would be detrimental to the service.
Late on Friday Police Scotland snuck out the report of a study by academics into the stop and search pilot in Fife. You may recall this pilot was heralded by police chiefs as the new - acceptable - model of using stop and search on children.