New reconviction rates statistics prove short-term sentences “short-sighted”

Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Liam McArthur MSP today stressed the importance of ending “short-sighted” short-term prison sentences, after new statistics released by the Scottish Government showed that over half of those given the shortest stints in prison reoffend within a year of their release.

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Police complaints review reveals tension at the top of Scottish policing

Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Liam McArthur MSP has today voiced concern about the concentration of power in a small number of policing posts, after a new review by Dame Elish Angiolini on police complaints handling, investigations and misconduct issues highlighted tensions and poor communication at the top of Scottish policing.

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“Humiliating soap opera” of Brexit needs brought to a swift conclusion

Marking the third anniversary of the 2016 EU referendum, Scottish Liberal Democrat MEP Sheila Ritchie has said that the Brexit process has done “great damage” to Britain’s reputation and needs brought to a “swift conclusion” with a people’s vote.

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Over 1,100 people facing 12 week hospital dental treatment waits

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has today revealed new figures showing almost ten times as many patients are now waiting over 12 weeks for hospital dental treatment as there were four years ago. 

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McArthur: Prisoner voting legislation confirms welcome U-turn

Commenting on the publication of the Electoral Franchise Bill, which will give prisoners sentenced to a term of 12 months or less the right to vote in Scottish elections, as well as extend the right to vote to citizens of all nationalities legally resident in Scotland, Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Liam McArthur MSP commented:

“During the last Parliament, the SNP twice voted down my colleague Alison McInnes’ attempts to give prisoners the vote. This Bill is confirmation of a welcome U-turn.

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SNP bus stop tax rakes in £760,000

Scottish Liberal Democrat transport spokesperson Mike Rumbles MSP has today revealed new figures showing that councils and bus operators spent more than three quarters of a million pounds paying non-domestic rates bills for bus shelters in 2018-19, warning the SNP Government’s “Bus Stop Tax” was discouraging local authorities from investing in facilities.

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Gender Recognition reform risks being punted into next Parliament

Scottish Liberal Democrat MSP Alex Cole-Hamilton has today expressed concern that plans for a second consultation on reform of the Gender Recognition Act will lead to no legislation being passed in the current parliament.

Mr Cole-Hamilton said:

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Rennie: FM doesn’t know how far behind free childcare for 2-year-olds is

Scottish Liberal Democrat Leader Willie Rennie today questioned the First Minister after a new report on the uptake of free early learning and childcare for two-year-olds living in poverty showed that, five years into the policy, only a third of eligible families are taking up a place – less than half the rate in England.

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Justice Committee backs Lib Dem demands for transparency from Doncaster on sectarianism data

On the back of the Scottish Liberal Democrat-Nil by Mouth investigation into secret sectarianism data compiled by the SPFL and withheld from the public and the Scottish Parliament, Holyrood’s justice committee has today written to Chief Executive of the SPFL, Neil Doncaster, calling for the report on sectarianism at football to be published.

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Swinson: 'Monumental' court decision deems UK arms sales to Saudi Arabia unlawful

Congratulating the CAAT on their successful case against the Conservative government’s arms sales to Saudi Arabia, Liberal Democrat Foreign Affairs spokesperson Jo Swinson said:

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