New report highlights link between drug deaths and traumatic experiences

Commenting on a new report into drug deaths in Tayside last year which revealed that 62 out of 78 people (79.5%) who died as a result of using drugs were recorded as having experienced at least one adverse event during their lifetime, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP said:

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McArthur to question the Justice Secretary over secret sectarianism data

Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Liam McArthur MSP will tomorrow question the Justice Secretary, Humza Yousaf, about the existence of secret sectarianism data and demand he explain why the Scottish Government agreed to keep it confidential.

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RENNIE: Independence legislation undermines cross party talks

The Scottish Liberal Democrats have threatened to boycott cross party talks on more powers as the SNP push forward independence legislation.

Willie Rennie has today responded to a letter from the First Minister inviting him to take part in cross-party talks on more powers for Holyrood. The SNP Government is pressing ahead with independence referendum legislation which the Lib Dem leader says needs to be dropped if the party is to participate.

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Joint investigation reveals football authorities, SNP ministers and police keeping sectarianism data secret

A joint investigation by the Scottish Liberal Democrats and Nil By Mouth has uncovered that the football authorities were tasked with compiling a database of sectarian incidents at football, but that in exchange for access to it both the Scottish Government and Police Scotland agreed to be gagged and keep its contents secret from the public and the Parliament.

In a 2017 report for the Scottish Government, international expert Professor Duncan Morrow recommended that ministers, football authorities and the police establish a framework for monitoring sectarian incidents with its findings “published annually to allow for a genuine debate about the extent of sectarian behaviour and attitudes in football”.

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Scot Lib Dem MEP gets to work to fix SNP blunder

Sheila Ritchie has secured an early meeting with EU officials to press for £22m of Scots poverty grants frozen by the EU over Scottish Government mishandling of the scheme to be released to councils and charitable organisations, as she gets to work as a Scottish MEP.

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Diabetes Awareness Week 2019

In my 27 years as a type 1 diabetic, I’ve been asked so many questions. But mostly:

“Does it hurt?”

“How do you stab yourself so many times a day?”

“How do you survive without chocolate?!”

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Rumbles: Prestwick purchase has been a disaster for Scottish Government

Responding to reports that Prestwick Airport has been put up for sale by the Scottish Government, Scottish Liberal Democrat transport spokesperson Mike Rumbles MSP said:

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Cole-Hamilton: Extend disclosure checks to politicians

Responding to the ministerial statement on the Disclosure (Scotland) Bill, Scottish Liberal Democrat MSP Alex Cole-Hamilton said:

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Lib Dems applaud stop and search transformation

Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Liam McArthur MSP has today applauded the transformation of stop and search practices, after a new independent review confirmed that the new system developed by the party has ended the previous “over-reliance on excessive and often counter-productive use of stop and search”.

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Rumbles: Sleeper service will give Transport Secretary sleepless nights

Responding to reports that passengers on the new Caledonian Sleeper service had their train terminated at Stafford and faced a replacement bus journey to Scotland, Scottish Liberal Democrat transport spokesperson Mike Rumbles said:

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