McArthur: End blanket ban on prisoner voting

Responding to the Scottish Government's publication of its consultation on prisoner voting, Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Liam McArthur MSP said:

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Fife council votes against P1 testing

Responding to Fife council voting 41-26 in favour of abolishing P1 national testing in the region, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader and North East Fife MSP Willie Rennie said:

“Two months on from the Scottish Parliament’s vote to end the SNP’s national tests for P1s, and in the face of criticism from campaigners, teachers, parents and the EIS union, the Education Secretary continues to stubbornly plod on.

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First Minister abandons Dunoon-Gourock passengers at sea

Despite a decade of promises from the First Minister and the Scottish Government, communities that use the Argyll Ferries service from Dunoon to Gourock will be forced to rely on the good will of CalMac to continue the service.

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Rise in number of young people with mental illness being treated in non-specialist wards

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has today called for the CAMHS budget to be boosted and for new mental health beds to be provided north of Dundee as a new report showed a rise in number of young people with mental illness being treated in non-specialist wards.

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Scott: Supreme Court ruling helps make case for federal reform of UK

Scottish Liberal Democrat Europe spokesperson Tavish Scott has today welcomed the Supreme Court's judgment on the Scottish Parliament's continuity bill.

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Rennie: Budget fails to address challenges holding Scotland back

Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie has today called for a Scottish budget which invests in people through education and mental health, and delivers a fair settlement for teachers and local government as he warned that the budget fails to address the challenges holding Scotland back.

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Rennie on budget priorities

Speaking ahead of the publication of the draft Scottish budget the leader of the Scottish Liberal Democrats Willie Rennie said:

“The Liberal Democrats have put forward constructive proposals for investing in mental health services, for a good pay deal for teachers and investment in local government services.

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Scottish Government planning failures leave A&E “in the lurch”

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP today reprimanded the Scottish Government for poor planning and leaving NHS staff “in the lurch” as new statistics reveal A&E performance has dropped back well below the 90% target.

Official figures released today show performance against the 4-hour waiting time target at 87.9% - the lowest level since April.

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Cole-Hamilton calls for action to end the GP crisis

Responding to the publication of a GP headcount, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP commented:

“While the headcount has been steady, we know more GPs are opting to work part-time because of the pressures of the job.

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Scott: Latest report oblivious to verdict on P1 tests

Scottish Liberal Democrat education spokesperson Tavish Scott MSP today said a new report by the organisation delivering the Scottish Government’s national tests is “completely oblivious” to the verdict on the policy and practicalities of testing four and five-year-olds.

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