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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Rennie: SNP should ignore independence and help to build a federal future

Commenting on Boris Johnson’s letter to the First Minister refusing another independence referendum, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie said:

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A&E waiting time performance falls

Responding to the news that performance against the A&E waiting time target has fallen to 81.8% of patients treated within 4 hours, compared to the 95% target, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP commented:

“A&E waiting times are suffering a serious and sustained slump. The Government has not reached its own target since July 2017.

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Scottish Labour are utterly adrift

Commenting on the latest turmoil in Scottish Labour, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie said:

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Scot Gov ‘superslow’ broadband election promise

The Scottish Government has, today, backed down from its 2016 election promise to deliver superfast broadband to every home in Scotland by 2021, admitting that the commitment will not be delivered until well into the next Parliament.

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Rennie: Conservatives must own Brexit economic damage and diminished international stature

Commenting on today’s debate on the EU Withdrawal Bill in the Scottish Parliament, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie said:

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24 operations a day cancelled during November

Responding to the news that 724 operations were cancelled during November due to capacity or non-clinical reasons, the highest figure for a year, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP commented:

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