Rumbles: Brexit threatens to take a scythe to rural Scotland

Responding to comments from European Commission officials on the future of CAP payments, Scottish Liberal Democrat rural affairs spokesperson Mike Rumbles MSP said:

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Scottish Government contributing to NHS executive exodus

Commenting on reports that 7 Scottish health boards will need to seek new chief executives in the coming months due to staff moving on or retiring, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP said:

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Jardine calls for staff safeguards in potential Johnston Press sale

Edinburgh West MP Christine Jardine has today called for protecting jobs to be the first priority in the recently announced sale of Johnston Press, owners of the Scotsman and Edinburgh Evening News.

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McArthur: Trump visit bill shows most expensive round of golf in history

Responding to comments from the chair of the National Police Chiefs' Council indicating that the police operation for Donald Trump's visit to the UK is estimated to have cost nearly £18 million, Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Liam McArthur MSP said:

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Cable calls for transparency over employers' mental health strategies

In recognition of World Mental Health Day, Leader of the Liberal Democrats Vince Cable has called upon employers to publish their mental health strategies.

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Sturgeon needs to stop trying to turn Brexit into the break-up of the UK

Responding to Nicola Sturgeon's speech to the SNP conference this afternoon, Scottish Liberal Democrat Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP commented:

"The lessons of Brexit are the lessons for independence. Nicola Sturgeon's own Growth Commission, the elephant in the room, admitted independence would plunge us into austerity far deeper than anything we have experienced before, hammering NHS and education budgets.

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Rumbles on “poor year” for farmers

Commenting on today’s results of the Scottish Agricultural Census, Scottish Liberal Democrat rural affairs spokesperson Mike Rumbles MSP said:

“It has been a poor year for farmers. No one can be blamed for bad weather but our farm businesses are also reeling from uncertainty over Brexit and the Scottish Government’s atrocious handling of farm support payments over the past three winters.

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Electoral Commission ‘satisfied that there were no breaches’ in Alex Cole-Hamilton’s 2016 constituency campaign

In a letter to the UK Liberal Democrats the Electoral Commission said in relation to the 2016 Edinburgh West campaign of Alex Cole-Hamilton:

“In our investigation we questioned whether the values of some payments included in the Party’s campaign expenditure return, which had been apportioned between it and the candidate return for Alex Cole-Hamilton (Edinburgh Western), were justifiable and if the campaign expenditure return accurately reflected the true expenditure by the Party. In particular, we queried the apportionments in respect of a number of leaflets that had been distributed in the Edinburgh Western constituency.

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Scott criticises Swinney’s dismissal of teacher testing concerns

Scottish Liberal Democrat education spokesperson Tavish Scott MSP has hammered SNP arrogance on P1 testing, after the Education Secretary, John Swinney, branded the conclusive Holyrood vote to end P1 testing “a disgrace” at a fringe meeting at the SNP conference and again failed to indicate that he would listen to the will of Parliament.

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Cable urges SNP to back final say on Brexit

Liberal Democrat Leader Vince Cable has written to Nicola Sturgeon to urge the SNP to fight in Parliament for the people to have the final say on Brexit.
 
The challenge from the Liberal Democrat leader comes as the SNP meet for their party conference in Glasgow. The SNP leadership, despite opposing Brexit, have so far avoided joining the campaign for a ‘People’s Vote’ on Brexit.

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