Lib Dems propose collective banking hubs

The Liberal Democrat Conference has today voted in favour of exploring opportunities to set up shared banking hubs in smaller communities so that people in remote and rural areas can preserve previous access to face-to-face financial services.

RBS has capitalised on the support of the tax payer and must take a more community-orientated approach.

In addition, the Liberal Democrats voted in favour of establishing a rapid-reaction service, similar to the Partnership for Continuing Employment initiative, to bring together public agencies to ensure they can all retain a presence at local level.

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Lib Dems make the case for immigration

The Scottish Liberal Democrat conference has today backed plans to revamp the immigration system, by making it more welcoming and accessible, and to force the UK Government to explicitly recognise the value of EU workers to British businesses, public services and culture.

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Lib Dems want tougher puppy protections

The Scottish Liberal Democrat conference has today endorsed plans to tighten licensing for puppy sales and crack down on puppy farming. Sales of puppies from illegal factories in Scotland are estimated to have topped £13m last year.

 

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Scot Lib Dems call for legislation to fix Police Scotland

The Scottish Liberal Democrat spring conference has today called for a halt to the merger of British Transport Police into Police Scotland and an independent commission to propose legislative solutions to repair the damage caused by the SNP's botched police centralisation.

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Lib Dems seek “reinvigorated” cervical screening awareness campaign

The Scottish Liberal Democrat conference has today endorsed proposals for the government to launch a refreshed cervical cancer screening awareness campaign.

At present an estimated 4,500 lives are saved by cervical cancer screenings in the UK each year. With early detection almost all cervical abnormalities can be treated.

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Rennie: Lib Dems can set the agenda

Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie will address the party's spring conference today and pay tribute to his party's ability to set the agenda on public policy in Scotland.

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Lib Dems condemn McVey’s “deluded” rape clause suggestions

Responding to Work & Pensions Secretary Esther McVey’s appearance before the Social Security Committee, where she explained the processes behind the so called “rape clause”, Scottish Liberal Democrat social security spokesperson Caron Lindsay said:

“The Secretary of State’s justifications for the two child tax credit cap and the rape clause were both unconvincing and shameless.

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Mental health record should be a source of shame for the SNP

Scottish Liberal Democrat Leader Willie Rennie used his question at FMQs today to lambast the government for its “record of shame” on mental health and call for investment in perinatal mental health services across the country.

New research by the Maternal Mental Health Alliance has revealed Scotland is trailing behind the rest of the UK in terms of new investment in mental health services for new and expecting mothers and the provision of local specialist services.

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Cole-Hamilton: Radical drugs policy overhaul needed

As the Scottish Parliament debates safe injecting facilities, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has reaffirmed his support for such facilities and called for new steps to educate people on the dangers drugs pose and tackle record numbers of drug deaths.

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Cole-Hamilton calls for swift Ofcom investigation of RT

Responding to reports that Ofcom have opened 7 investigations into RT, Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP said:

"RT's coverage of the Skripal poisoning, as with so many other issues, has been a campaign of disinformation and muddying the water so I look forward to a swift investigation from Ofcom.

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