Equal marriage announcement a big step forward

Scottish Liberal Democrat MSP Jim Hume today welcomed the announcement that same sex couples will be able to marry in Scotland from Hogmanay this year as a big step forward for equality.

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Lib Dems make first submission to Smith Commission

Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie MSP today said that the result of the referendum requires a bold approach to delivering further powers for Scotland in his party’s first submission to the Smith Commission.

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Rennie: we will make our mark on Scottish Budget

Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie MSP today said that his party would work constructively with the Scottish Government to seek agreement on the Budget after the Finance Secretary set out his spending plans at Holyrood.

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Time for action on mental health services

Scottish Liberal Democrats have warned that the provision of two key mental health laws implemented by Scottish Liberal Democrats in coalition government risk falling by the wayside unless the Scottish Government takes immediate action to support key mental health services.

 

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Alistair Carmichael MP speech to Lib Dem conference

Speech from Alistair Carmichael MP, Secretary of State for Scotland, at Liberal Democrat conference in Glasgow:

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Danny Alexander MP speech to Lib Dem conference

Speech by Danny Alexander MP, Chief Secretary to the Treasury, to Liberal Democrat conference in Glasgow: 

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Liberal Democrats - the party of One Scotland

Speech from leader of the Scottish Liberal Democrats, Willie Rennie MSP, to Liberal Democrat Federal Autumn Conference in Glasgow

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Conservative human rights plans would wreck Tory bid to be non-toxic

 

Scottish Liberal Democrats have said that plans by Conservatives to rip the Human Rights Act out of the Scottish Parliament would pose a significant threat to the devolution settlement in Scotland, risk the rights of people in Scotland, and wreck any chance of Scottish Tories being able to claim they are ‘non-toxic’.

Willie Rennie, Leader of the Scottish Liberal Democrats, made the claim as he challenged the Scottish Conservatives to join forces with him to resist the threat from the Conservative Justice Secretary in Westminster. 

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McInnes: Armed police u-turn vindicates Lib Dem campaign

Scottish Liberal Democrats have said that a significant u-turn from Police Scotland over its policy on armed police is a win for local communities.

A statement released today by Police Scotland said that armed police officers would no longer be deployed on routine duties.

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Police gun decision shows fundamental misunderstanding of concerns

Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Alison McInnes has said that reports that firearms carried by police officers in Scotland are expected to be covered with a more discreet holster shows a fundamental misunderstanding of concerns over the arming of police.

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