Success on Stop & Search

After an eighteen month-long campaign by the Scottish Liberal Democrats, the SNP has finally conceded defeat and adopted Liberal Democrat proposals for the abolition of so-called consensual stop and search.

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College cuts casting a long shadow

A new report from UNISON on the sinking morale of staff across Scotland’s colleges leaves no doubt; the SNP's college cuts have cast a long shadow over the sector.

Further education should be a place of opportunity, which is why the Scottish Liberal Democrats believe that college sector investment is key to enabling people in Scotland to get on in life.

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My Private Members Bill - Progress

We do not allow children to smoke because of the obvious risks that cigarettes pose to their health. But there is a growing body of evidence to suggest that unless we protect them from the effects of second-hand smoke (SHS) then we might as well buy them a packet of Marlboro Lights ourselves.

The British Medical Association and other experts have told us that SHS exposure can lead to illnesses from glue ear and asthma attacks to meningitis and lung cancer, and can be a risk factor in cot death.

The ban on smoking in public places has made a big difference and helped reduce exposure to SHS. But smoking in vehicles is a source of concentrated SHS and, as children are still developing, they are at particular risk.

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