Rennie calls for parliamentary inquiry into Our Power collapse and government losses

Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie has today called for a parliamentary inquiry into the collapse of Our Power, after it emerged that the SNP Government is poised to lose millions of pounds it invested in the not-for-profit energy supplier and will only have weeks to learn lessons before its own identical company is to start serving customers.

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Jardine marks Lady Hale’s retirement by calling for greater diversity

Scottish Liberal Democrats have called for action to tackle the lack of gender balance in Scotland’s justice system.

It follows a freedom of information request by the party and comes as Lady Hale is about to retire as Lord President of the Supreme Court next week.

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Liberal Democrats reveal over 45 million hours of NHS staff illness

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has today declared that “it does not take a brain surgeon” to recognise that Scottish NHS staff are overworked and in need of a break, as he revealed new data showing that there have been over 45 million hours of staff absence since 2016, with staff mental health issues cited as the number one cause.

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Willie Rennie’s New Year’s Message 2019

Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie said:

“Around the globe, dark currents have buffeted liberal democracy. Boris Johnson’s Brexit threatens to cut us off from our European neighbours, while Donald Trump’s trade wars and Twitter tirades threaten to undo America’s status as a global leader. Meanwhile from Hong Kong to Xinjiang, protestors and activists face brutal clampdowns. These are the challenges we must face up to over the next twelve months.

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Special constables fall by 64% since police centralisation

Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Liam McArthur MSP today warned the police’s Special Constabulary could “vanish altogether” after he revealed that their numbers have nosedived since the SNP’s police centralisation.

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Scottish Liberal Democrats reveal patients waiting years on “miserable” delayed discharge

Scottish Liberal Democrats have today revealed patients stuck in hospital on delayed discharge for hundreds days after they were declared ready to leave, branding the situation “miserable".

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Almost 2,500 academics quit Scotland in three years in “Brexit brain drain”

Almost 2,500 EU academics have quit Scottish universities in the three years since the Brexit vote, research by the Liberal Democrats has revealed.

The analysis, based on Freedom of Information responses from 11 of Scotland’s 15 universities, shows that at least 2,462 EU academics have left Scottish universities since 2016/17, with at least 941 leaving in the last year alone. This is a significant increase on the 530 EU academics who quit in 2015/16, the academic year before the Brexit vote.

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McArthur reveals more than 1,000 prisoners on short sentences last Christmas

Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Liam McArthur MSP has today urged the Scottish Government to put its money where its mouth is, as new figures showed more than 1,000 people spent last Christmas in prison after being handed a “needless” short-term sentence.

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Lib Dems: Give armed forces families a pupil premium

Scottish Liberal Democrats have today called for the Scottish Government to introduce a new armed forces pupil premium, worth hundreds of pounds, in recognition of the disruption that can be caused to the education of service families and because they may require additional mental health and pastoral support.

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Willie Rennie’s Christmas Message 2019

“I’d like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas.

“This has been a turbulent year in politics – at home we have seen the divisive Boris Johnson rise to power, while across the world governments have fallen and protest movements erupted.

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