McArthur: Prison death inquests long overdue

Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Liam McArthur MSP has written to the Lord Advocate seeking assurances that deaths in prisons are being properly investigated after it emerged that the cause of 67 deaths has yet to be determined by a mandatory fatal accident inquiry (FAI), including cases stretching back to 2014.

It is a legal obligation to complete an FAI into the 119 deaths that have occurred in prison custody since 2014.

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Scots don’t want to pay for Trump’s golf getaway

Commenting on concerns about the cost of policing Donald Trump’s visit to Scotland, Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Liam McArthur MSP said:

“The UK Government contributed to the policing costs for the G8 Summit at Gleneagles. It seems appropriate therefore that they take on a fair share of the cost this time of hosting one of the most internationally unpopular presidents of all time. One which they invited.

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Unhealthy weights “seriously strain” NHS

Responding to the publication of the Scottish Government’s Diet and Healthy Weight Delivery Plan, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP said:

“Obesity puts a serious strain on our NHS. Moves to tackle the stubborn Scottish diet, curb our nation’s love of fatty, salty and sugary foods and discourage multi-buys are good news.

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“Seismic shift” in mental health policy required

Responding to the news that the number of students at Scottish universities seeking counselling has almost doubled in the last five years, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP said:

“It couldn’t be clearer that the mental health of Scotland’s young people requires urgent attention. The new Mental Health Minister must act swiftly to get services up to scratch.

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Trump visit will be "most expensive round of golf in history"

Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Liam McArthur MSP has today branded Donald Trump's visit "the most expensive round of golf in history" as stand-in Police Scotland Chief Constable Iain Livingstone suggested that the visit could require 5,000 officers and cost Police Scotland £5m.

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Rennie comments on McDonald suspension vote

Commenting on the vote to suspend Mark McDonald and the six SNP abstentions, Scottish Liberal Democrat Leader Willie Rennie said:

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Deposit return scheme must be "transformative"

Responding to the publication of the Scottish Government's consultation A Deposit Return Scheme for Scotland, Scottish Liberal Democrat Environment Spokesperson Mariam Mahmood said: 

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Lib Dems call for Brexit halt to tackle economy

Commenting on today's economic figures, which show Scottish growth of just 0.2% and UK growth of 0.1%, Scottish Liberal Democrat economy spokesperson councillor Carolyn Caddick said:

"These GDP numbers show the Scottish and UK economies are shuddering to a halt.

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SNP Government “timid” on fuel poverty

Responding to the publication of the Fuel Poverty (Target, Definition and Strategy) (Scotland) Bill, Scottish Liberal Democrat energy spokesperson Liam McArthur MSP said:

“The SNP Government previously had a target to eradicate fuel poverty by 2016 but this was missed by a huge margin.

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Rennie: New ministers must get to grips with NHS crises

Commenting on the Scottish Government's reshuffle, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie said:

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