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:Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
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”.Read more
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.Read more
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?!”Read more
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:Read more
Responding to the ministerial statement on the Disclosure (Scotland) Bill, Scottish Liberal Democrat MSP Alex Cole-Hamilton said:Read more
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”.Read more
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:Read more