Media Centre

The Media Centre is the place to catch up on all the latest news from the Scottish Liberal Democrats. All our latest press statements, articles and speeches can be viewed below.

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Business survey full of positive news

Leader of the Scottish Liberal Democrats Willie Rennie has welcomed a survey published by the Scottish Chambers of Commerce today showing almost all key performance measures have returned to 2007 pre-recession levels.

NHS Scotland must act quickly on plastic bag ban

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Jim Hume MSP has said that NHS Scotland and Scotland’s health boards should move swiftly to consider action after NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde removed all plastic bin bags from all of its mental health wards following two suicides.

Last chance to help axe the VAT for mountain rescue teams

Scottish Liberal Democrat MEP George Lyon today encouraged Scots to join a campaign calling on the EU to change tax rules and allow mountain and lowland rescue services to be made exempt from VAT.

Hume welcomes new funding to boost youth employment

South of Scotland MSP Jim Hume has welcomed news that South West Scotland is set to benefit by nearly £40 million from a new scheme to help young people into work.

Jobs figures show Liberal Democrats in UK government building stronger economy

Scottish Liberal Democrats have said today’s employment figures demonstrate the importance of sharing economic progress across the UK.

SNP putting teachers under enormous strain

Scottish Liberal Democrat Education spokesman Liam Mcarthur MSP today warned Ministers they are putting teachers under enormous strain after new figures revealed a big fall in spending on supply staff over the last three years.

Relaunch of Scottish Provosts Association good news for local democracy

Scottish Liberal Democrats have today welcomed the relaunch of the Scottish Provosts’ Association as good news for local democracy.

Hume calls on Ministers to block Borders court closures

“If the will is there, Kenny MacAskill absolutely has it in his power to stop further court closures in the Borders.”

EU vote a big step towards scrapping mobile roaming charges

Scottish Liberal Democrat George Lyon MEP has welcomed a vote in the European Parliament today to abolish all mobile roaming charges across the EU.

More must be done to tackle mental health stigma

Scottish Liberal Democrats have said that equality between physical and mental health must be enshrined in law if Scotland is to tackle effectively the stigma attached to mental health issues.