I feel sorry for SNP members. The Growth Commission was their big report. Long awaited. The answer to the failures of the 2014 referendum. Published in a flurry of breathless press releases, members were champing at the bit to debate it at their conference at the weekend but they turned up to discover it was completely absent from the agenda.
The Scottish Growth Commission is a substantial piece of work. It makes a number of assertions but it also admits how challenging an independent Scotland’s finances would be.
The Scottish Liberal Democrat Conference was held in Aviemore last weekend. There were vigorous debates on police, banking, cancer screenings and candidates at 16, which attracted some cracking young speakers.
Our fringe meetings on social care, Brexit and housing were bustling with ideas.
Vince Cable made the case for the SNP to back a Brexit deal referendum.
I called for Shona Robison to resign because of her failures on health. I also highlighted our positive impact on government policy on mental health, education and tax.
The Scottish Liberal Democrats
2018 Outstanding Service Awards
Nominations are sought on behalf of party members who have given outstanding service and commitment to the party for the following awards:
- The Ray Michie Quaich for best contribution to membership recruitment and retention, awarded by the Finance and Membership Committee.
- The SLDW Quaich for the Liberal Democrat who has done the most to advance diversity within Scotland in the past year, awarded by the Diversity Action Group.
- The Russell Johnston Award presented by Argyll & Bute Liberal Democrats for Best Conference Speech.
- The John Morrison award presented by the Office Bearers for outstanding leadership/dedication/success in local government.
- The Sheila Tennant award presented by the Scottish Young Liberals for an outstanding contribution from a SYLs member.