Rural Scotland needs more than empty promises

Scottish Liberal Democrat MSP Tavish Scott today said that SNP Ministers should use the powers they already have to help rural Scotland rather than making more empty promises of support.

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Action required to boost access to higher education

Scottish Liberal Democrat MSP Jim Hume has welcomed an increase in the number of Scottish young people applying for a place at university but warned that more must be done to help those from disadvantaged backgrounds benefit from Higher Education.

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Time for honesty from Yes camp on public spending

Scottish Liberal Democrat peer Jeremy Purvis today described new oil and gas estimates from the independent Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) as a hammer blow to the nationalists' economic credibility.

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Purvis warns of culture of intimidation at top of SNP

Liberal Democrat Peer Jeremy Purvis today said reports that the First Minister called the Chairman of Scottish Financial Enterprise (SFE) to warn against the publication of a referendum briefing paper point towards a culture of intimidation that goes to the top of the SNP.

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New report puts spotlight on North Sea helicopter safety

West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine MP Sir Robert Smith today said a new report from the House of Commons Transport Select Committee on North Sea helicopter flights shines a spotlight on the importance of helicopter safety to offshore oil and gas operations.

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Hume calls for urgent action to improve ambulance response times

New figures uncovered by Scottish Liberal Democrat Health spokesman Jim Hume MSP have revealed that in the last year, ambulances have taken more than 20 minutes to respond to life-threatening incidents on nearly 2,700 occasions.

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McInnes concerned over mind-boggling stop and search figures

Scottish Liberal Democrats have said that new figures on stop and search lay bare the full use of the tactic across Scotland. Year-end reports published by Police Scotland today show stop and search activity, amongst other crime information, broken down by council area and police division.

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SNP Ministers must publish Prestwick Airport business plan

Scottish Liberal Democrats have called on the Scottish Government to publish its business plan for the long-term future of Prestwick airport after Ryanair today announced it is to shift the majority of its routes away from the airport.

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Police refusal to look again at firearms policy a test of Justice Secretary's mettle

Scottish Liberal Democrats have warned that the latest dispute over the use of routinely armed police officers in the Highlands is a real test of the Justice Secretary’s promises that a national police force would continue to be flexible to local needs.

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13,000 households have waited a decade for social housing

Scottish Liberal Democrats have called on the Scottish Government to address Scotland’s housing figures after they revealed over 13,000 households have been waiting over a decade for social housing.

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