Responding to this morning's release of the UK framework discussions, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie said:
"It is deeply disappointing. These are significant policy areas where there is still a difference.Read more
Scottish Liberal Democrat Leader Willie Rennie has today written to party leaders to invite them to a discussion on how to use the powers of the Scottish Parliament to protect its reputation and integrity in light of recent events.
In the letter he called for party leaders to "collectively look at the range of sanctions and mechanisms available in future in the event that elected members are found to have done wrong", noting that one of the powers devolved to the Scottish Parliament last year was the ability to make provisions for the recall of MSPs.Read more
Scottish Liberal Democrat rural affairs spokesperson Mike Rumbles MSP has said the Scottish Government must be held to account for its "blunders" after figures show that the annual income of farms in Scotland has halved in the past five years, while thousands of farmers are still living on less than £7.20 per hour.
According to the Scottish Government’s own figures the average income of farms, after expenses, has dropped from £49,301 in 2011/12 to £26,402 in 20116/17. Forty five percent of farm businesses experience income equivalent to less than the minimum agricultural wage (MAW), on a per head basis. This includes the 23 percent that made a loss in 2016-17.Read more
Scottish Liberal Democrat MSP Tavish Scott has today written to the First Minister Nicola Sturgeon to urge her to show some leadership over the issue of Scottish Youth Theatre (SYT), and intervene to stop its closure as a result of public body Creative Scotland's funding decisions.
The statement follows the announcement that SYT will cease trading after 41 years at the end of July after Creative Scotland refused to offer funding for the 2018 – 2021 period.Read more
Responding to the news that council tax will rise by 3% across Scotland, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie said:Read more
On International Women's Day, the Liberal Democrats are calling on Parliament to rename the House of Lords the House of Peers to better reflect the crucial role women play in the upper chamber.
The bill, being laid in the House today by Liberal Democrat MP Christine Jardine, will highlight the fact that the House of Lords is a gendered title and put the issue on the legislative agenda for the rest of the parliament
Responding to the news that the Scottish Youth Theatre will now close having failed to secure funding from Creative Scotland, Scottish Liberal Democrat culture spokesperson Eileen McCartin said:
"Yet again we hear of a disastrous decision by Creative Scotland in refusing funding to the Scottish Youth Theatre.Read more
Speaking in the chamber in response to the Stage 1 debate of the Scottish Government’s UK Withdrawal from the European Union (Legal Continuity) (Scotland) Bill, Shetland MSP Tavish Scott branded the legislation “necessary but flawed”.
The bill was introduced on 27th February to ensure that when the UK leaves the EU, Scots law continues to function without interruption.Read more
Ahead of the Scottish Government publishing its Suicide Prevention Strategy tomorrow, 432 days late, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has demanded that it prompt a "transformation" in mental health services.
Recent figures revealed there were 728 suicides in Scotland in 2016 - an increase of 8% compared to 2015.Read more
Responding to a survey by Citizens Advice Scotland, which shows two thirds of Scots are dissatisfied with local bus services, Liberal Democrat transport spokesperson Mike Rumbles MSP said:
“Declining bus usage is an extremely worrying trend. The Scottish Government has seen bus travel fall below 400 million journeys for the first time. They’ve completely failed to get people out of cars which is bad for both the environment and the health of our nation.Read more