Scottish Liberal Democrats officially endorse the Fight Fatigue campaign

Willie Rennie, Scottish Liberal Democats leader, has today announced the Scottish Liberal Democrats official endorsement of the national Fight Fatigue campaign, a joint initiative of the Association of Anaesthetists, the Royal College of Anaesthetists and the Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine. The campaign aims to raise awareness of the impact of fatigue and shift work on our NHS workforce.

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Ferguson ferry failure sees vessels “less than half built”

Commenting on today’s rural economy and connectivity committee at which it was revealed that two delayed CalMac ferries are "significantly less than half built”, £100m over budget and likely to be three years overdue, Scottish Liberal Democrat transport spokesperson Mike Rumbles MSP said:

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Sturgeon stoking up separatists but ignoring health and education

Commenting on Nicola Sturgeon’s planned statement calling for another independence referendum, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie said:

“Yet again the Scottish Parliament is being used to showcase Nicola Sturgeon’s separatist agenda when it should be discussing how to tackle crises in education and mental health.

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Rennie: Scottish Trends shows poor performance in health and education

Commenting on the new briefing from Scottish Trends which shows that between 2006 and 2018 Scotland fell five places in the Index of Social and Economic Wellbeing, a change which is attributed to “the relatively poor Scottish performance, in terms of education and health”, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie said:

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Student debt more than doubles on the SNP’s watch

Commenting on the new Audit Scotland briefing paper on student loans which shows that student debt has more than doubled between 2011 and 2018-19, Scottish Liberal Democrat education spokesperson Beatrice Wishart MSP said:

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Households feel the chill as fuel poverty rises

Responding to the news that the percentage of people living in Fuel Poverty increased between 2017 and 2018, Scottish Liberal Democrat energy spokesperson Liam McArthur MSP warned of the “mammoth” task ahead.

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Wishart reveals 30,000 attacks on teaching staff since 2016

Scottish Liberal Democrat education spokesperson Beatrice Wishart MSP today revealed that almost 30,000 attacks on teachers have occurred in the last three years, describing the figures as “incredibly concerning”.

Freedom of information requests by the Scottish Liberal Democrats have found that since 2016/17 there have been 29,439 attacks on teaching staff.

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Ministers must reconsider air traffic control centralisation

Commenting on HIAL’s planned centralisation of air traffic control services, Orkney MSP Liam McArthur said:

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Legal framework needed to regulate police facial recognition

Police Scotland have issued a call for a legal framework to govern how to manage images held by the force – a problem that has been repeatedly highlighted by the Scottish Liberal Democrats.

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Lib Dems: SNP must withdraw support for Heathrow expansion following 600,000t emissions bombshell

Scottish Liberal Democrat Leader Willie Rennie has today called on the SNP government to “see sense” and immediately withdraw its longstanding support for Heathrow’s expansion after it was revealed that the extra flights to Scotland alone would pump out an additional 600,000 tonnes of emissions by 2040.

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