Scott highlights serious shortage of BAME top teachers

Scottish Liberal Democrat education spokesperson Tavish Scott MSP has today highlighted the continuing underrepresentation of ethnic minorities in top teaching posts, with new figures indicating that there are only a handful of BAME ethnic minority head teachers or depute heads across the whole of Scotland.

He has also stressed the need to attract more people to the teaching profession and pay careful attention to diversity as part of this process.

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Jardine: UK Government should scrap immigration cap entirely

Liberal Democrat Scottish Affairs spokesperson Christine Jardine MP has today said that UK Government should remove the immigration cap for the whole UK, following a suggestion from the Reform Scotland think tank that Scotland should be exempted.

Ms Jardine said:

"Immigration enriches all our lives. People who come to the UK contribute to our economy, boost tax revenues, help pay for the public services we rely on and fill posts in sectors experiencing serious shortages.

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Rennie: IFS confirms growth commission austerity

Commenting on new analysis from the Institute for Fiscal Studies confirming that an independent Scotland would have no choice but to impose austerity on public services, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie said:

“The highly respected Institute of Fiscal Studies agrees that an independent Scotland would have no choice but to impose austerity on public services. The SNP’s own Growth Commission is not one of a range of options for an independent Scotland but the hard, cold reality.

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Rumbles: Ewing has “woefully mismanaged” farm payments

The Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs, under questioning from North East MSP Mike Rumbles, today confirmed that he wants farm support payments to continue at current levels after Brexit but refused to outline plans about how that money would be spent.

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Rennie: Recall system needed to make Parliament like any other workplace

Speaking after the Scottish Parliament Standards Committee debate on the Sexual Harassment Inquiry, Scottish Liberal Democrat Leader Willie Rennie said:

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Jardine attacks "shameful" UK Gov and "obstructive" SNP

Liberal Democrat MP Christine Jardine has today secured an acceptance from the Secretary of State for Scotland that the Sewell Convention needs to be improved and has called for "a mature and professional partnership between different parts of the UK." 

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McArthur: Pan-European security is pivotal

Commenting on the Scottish Government's new report, Scotland’s Place in Europe: Security, Judicial Co-operation and Law Enforcement, Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Liam McArthur MSP said

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Scott demands end to standardised testing

Scottish Liberal Democrat education spokesperson Tavish Scott MSP has today criticised the First Minister's support for testing 5 year olds in primary school classes. Mr Scott has previously raised this with Education Secretary John Swinney at the Scottish Parliament’s education committee.

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Rumbles: Robust leadership needed to boost rural industries

Following two years of setbacks for Scotland’s agricultural industries, North East MSP Mike Rumbles has welcomed figures published today that show a significant recovery in the sector during 2017.

Farm income rose from £672 million in 2016 to £917 million in 2017, following an 8 year low in 2015 of £639 million. Meanwhile production (outputs) rose from £2.8 billion to £3.2 billion in the same period.

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Lib Dem MSPs strengthen Islands Bill

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