McArthur: SNP airline hypocrisy hurting climate change efforts

Responding to a written parliamentary question answered by the Minister for Public Finance confirming that the Scottish Government still plan to reduce Air Departure Tax across the board by 50%, Scottish Liberal Democrat energy spokesperson Liam McArthur MSP said:

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Rennie: FM should use tomorrow’s statement to take independence off the table

Responding to the news that the First Minister intends to make a statement to parliament regarding “Scotland’s political future”, Scottish Liberal Democrat Leader Willie Rennie warned:

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Swinson: Lib Dems wholeheartedly oppose Trump state visit

Commenting on reports that Donald Trump is set to make a state visit to the UK in the summer, Liberal Democrat foreign affairs spokesperson Jo Swinson MP said:

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Scottish Liberal Democrats: Landfill export loophole makes mockery of SNP law

Scottish Liberal Democrats today said the SNP are “relying on a loophole big enough to drive a rubbish truck through” after a new study showed authorities aren’t ready for the 2021 ban on landfill and that preparations are being made to send waste to Northern England and abroad.

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Lib Dems reveal £100m in EU funding received by councils

Scottish Liberal Democrats have today warned that the UK Government’s “chaotic and cavalier” approach to Brexit is putting council services and projects at risk, after it was revealed that Scotland’s local authorities have obtained over £100m from the EU over the past three years.

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Teachers want an end to tests, not more guidance

Responding to the Scottish Government’s new recommendations for standardised testing, Scottish Liberal Democrat education spokesperson Tavish Scott said:

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Rennie: Horrific Carseview restraint report must trigger Government action

Responding to revelations of “shocking” treatment of patients at the Carseview mental health unit in Tayside, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie said:

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Cole-Hamilton: Outlaw putting children in cells

Scottish Liberal Democrat MSP and deputy convener of the Equalities and Human Rights Committee Alex Cole-Hamilton has today lodged fresh amendments to the Age of Criminal Responsibility Bill, calling for the Scottish Government to prohibit locking up children in police cells.

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Spring brings no respite for A&E

Commenting on today’s A&E figures which show that more than 300 patients had to wait over 8 hours during the week ending 7 April, and performance against the 4 hour target of just 88.5%, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP said:

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Lib Dems on local government funding calls

Responding to the findings of the new report by Unison and the Jimmy Reid Foundation, which calls for a “fundamental review” of local government funding, Scottish Liberal Democrat communities and local government spokesperson, Cllr Peter Barrett, commented:

“Just like Holyrood, local councils should have the power to raise the majority of the money that they spend. Looking at a new land value tax and giving them the purse strings would empower them in a way that has been prevented in recent years.

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