Thousands of P1 tests conducted against Parliament’s wishes

Scottish Liberal Democrat education spokesperson Tavish Scott MSP today revealed that thousands of P1 national tests have been conducted in breach of a majority vote by the Scottish Parliament to halt the tests.

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Cole-Hamilton demands improvements in mental health support for those who witness suicide or trauma

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP and Janice Malone have today launched a campaign to improve the mental health support available for witnesses of trauma or suicide, after they both witnessed the suicide of a man in central Edinburgh four years ago.

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Scottish Liberal Democrats demand SNP abandon support for Heathrow’s third runway

In the week that the SNP scrapped its long-held policy to generate more flights and emissions through cutting Air Departure Tax, Scottish Liberal Democrat Leader Willie Rennie pressed the First Minister to now withdraw her government’s formal support for Heathrow’s third runway.

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Rennie launches Lib Dems Euro election campaign in Edinburgh

Speaking at the launch of the Scottish Liberal Democrats' campaign for the European elections, party leader Willie Rennie said:

"People are fed up with Brexit. It has caused division in our country and damaged our economy. Voters now have the chance to make that stop by voting for the Liberal Democrats on 23rd May.

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McArthur: Deposit Return Scheme will help clean up our climate and seas

Responding to the announcement that a 20p Deposit Return Scheme is to be introduced across Scotland by 2021, Scottish Liberal Democrat energy spokesperson Liam McArthur MSP commented:

“Scottish Liberal Democrats were the first party to adopt the policy of a nationwide deposit return scheme for the sake of our climate and cleaning up our seas. This is the right thing to do to end our throwaway culture.

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Minister doesn’t rule out changes to police firearms deployment model

Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Liam McArthur MSP today questioned whether the SPA and Police Scotland will revisit the policy of firearms officers keeping guns in the boot of their armed response vehicles.

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Cole-Hamilton: SNP still failing to improve A&E waits

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has criticised ministers for failing to give NHS staff the resources they need as new statistics reveal performance against the 4-hour A&E waiting time target has dropped to 87.4%, meaning the government has failed to meet its own target for 21 consecutive months.

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McArthur: ADT cut was “always was based on flawed logic”

Responding to the SNP’s U-turn on cutting Air Departure Tax, Scottish Liberal Democrat energy spokesperson Liam McArthur MSP said:

“The Scottish Government’s plans to abolish aviation taxes were always based on flawed logic and claims compiled by major airlines and airports. When we asked for the evidence, Keith Brown opted for the low-cost approach of sending us a link to the Easyjet website.

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Cole Hamilton on “anguish” caused by nearly 500 cancelled operations

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has called on the Health Secretary to ease NHS pressures after new statistics revealed 490 operations were cancelled in March alone for non-clinical or capacity reasons.

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Lib Dems demand police staff survey

Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Liam McArthur MSP has written to Chair of the Scottish Police Authority, Susan Deacon, urging her to ensure Police Scotland urgently conducts the full staff survey that was originally planned to take place in Autumn 2018, after a recent SPF report revealed parts of the police estate in an unacceptable and dangerous condition. 

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