Wishart and Scott kick off campaign at Unstfest

Beatrice Wishart, the Lib Dem candidate for Shetland, is in Unst today kicking off her campaign to win the vacant Shetland seat in the Scottish Parliament. She was joined at Unstfest by former MSP Tavish Scott as they met local people and supported the vibrant community festival in the most northerly part of Shetland.

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Swinson: SNP dodging responsibility on Milngavie line failures

East Dunbartonshire MP Jo Swinson has accused SNP Transport Secretary Michael Matheson MSP of dodging responsibility on the Milngavie line after he once again refused to pursue the matter with her, saying he could “see little benefit in having a further meeting”.

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Scotland now has the worst drugs death crisis in the developed world.

Responding to new figures showing that there were 1,187 drugs deaths in Scotland in 2018, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton said:

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Scottish Liberal Democrats announce Beatrice Wishart as the candidate for Shetland by-election

The Scottish Liberal Democrats have today announced Cllr Beatrice Wishart has been selected as the parliamentary candidate for Shetland.

Beatrice Wishart is the Depute Convener of Shetland Islands Council and represents the Lerwick South ward. She is a trustee of Women’s Aid in Shetland and is an active WASPI campaigner. Over the last decade she has run the office of MP for Orkney & Shetland Alistair Carmichael and supported the work of former Shetland MSP Tavish Scott.

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“Bonkers” that more people imprisoned for drugs possession than given treatment orders

Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Liam McArthur MSP has today called for serious drug and sentencing reform to “rebuild the system from the ground up” after it was revealed 178 people in possession of drugs for personal use were imprisoned in 2017-18.

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Minister suggests drugs deaths may hit 1,200

Responding to comments from Public Health minister Joe Fitzpatrick in which he suggested Scottish drugs deaths in 2018 may be as high as 1,200, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP commented:

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A third of stroke patients not getting appropriate care

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has today chastised the Scottish Government for repeatedly failing to meet its own stroke targets by a giant margin.

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Lib Dems reveal “staggering” 60,000 complaints about pests in local authority housing since 2016

Scottish Liberal Democrat housing spokesperson Caron Lindsay has today demanded the Scottish Government make fresh efforts to improve poor quality local authority housing, as new research by the Scottish Liberal Democrats reveals over 60,000 complaints about pests in local authority housing since 2016. 

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Less than a third of prisoners learning skills at some Scottish prisons

Today, Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Liam McArthur has revealed that as many as three quarters of detainees in Scottish prisons went without attending a single a single education or skills class in the past month.

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Lib Dems back taskforce calls for transformational improvements in mental health services

Responding to the Children and Young People’s Mental Health Taskforce’s recommendations, which includes a warning about the need for “transformational change”, Scottish Liberal Democrat mental health spokesperson Emma Walker said:

“The taskforce has done an excellent job by highlighting the major challenges facing children and young people’s mental health services.

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