SNP must ensure every child can access quality early years support

Commenting on today’s early years expansion progress report, Scottish Liberal Democrat education spokesperson Beatrice Wishart MSP said:

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McArthur: Tory Brexit threatens a breakdown in law and order

Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Liam McArthur MSP has today savaged the Conservative party’s commitment to a hard Brexit, as the Scottish Parliament’s Justice Committee heard evidence from senior Police Scotland officers that:

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PM reheating proposals Scots Conservatives opposed a year ago

Commenting on the Prime Minister’s proposals for the Northern Irish border, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie said:

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SNP must stop stonewalling over local progress reports on childcare expansion

Scottish Liberal Democrat education spokesperson Beatrice Wishart MSP has today demanded that the Scottish Government reveal local breakdowns showing the progress of their flagship childcare expansion as she accused the SNP of stonewalling over the release of the data.

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Scarcity of community care traps 1,162 patients in hospital

At the August census there were 1,162 patients waiting in hospital because they needed a care home place, social care support to enable them to live in their own home or a needs assessment to be conducted.

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A&E records worst weekly performance since February

Responding to the news that performance against the A&E waiting time target has fallen to its lowest level since February, with 86.9% of patients treated within 4 hours compared to the 95% target, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP commented:

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MEP hits out at "hazardous" oil rig decommissioning plan

Following reports that the UK Government has endorsed plans by Shell to leave some decommissioned North Sea oil infrastructure in place rather than dismantling the structures, Liberal Democrat MEP Sheila Ritchie has written to the UK Minister for Business, Energy and Clean Growth to raise serious concerns.

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Jardine writes to Scottish Secretary over “violent and divisive” rhetoric

Liberal Democrat equalities spokesperson Christine Jardine MP has today written to the Secretary of State for Scotland challenging him to speak out against the violent rhetoric of the Prime Minister and to initiate a discussion about such behaviour at the next Cabinet meeting.

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Scottish Government admits it’ll still be trailing England on childcare provision in 2021

Scottish Liberal Democrat education spokesperson Beatrice Wishart MSP has today criticised the Scottish Government for mismanaging the nursery expansion programme after it conceded that only 60% of the estimated eligible population of two year olds will have access to more than 600 hours of funded ELC by April 2021.

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Rennie: Scottish Conservatives capitulate to Boris Johnson

Responding to Jackson Carlaw's speech and Q&A at the Conservative conference in Manchester, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie said:

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