Rennie: Misguided immigration clampdown will hurt businesses and NHS

Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie has today blasted the Prime Minister's plans to reduce immigration levels warning that "arbitrary restrictions and toxic rhetoric" would leave businesses and the health service operating "with one arm tied behind their back". He also called for Ruth Davidson to confirm whether she supports the Prime Minister's proposals.

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1 in 4 children now living in poverty

Commenting on a new report from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation warning that nearly a quarter of a million children in Scotland are now living in poverty, Scottish Liberal Democrat equalities spokesperson Caron Lindsay said:

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Cole-Hamilton: 15% year-on-year increase in avoidable delayed discharges

New statistics have revealed a 15% year-on-year increase in the number of people on delayed discharge for health and social care reasons, causing Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP to call on SNP ministers to publish their plans for reducing avoidable delayed discharges.

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Rennie: Swinney must step in to reverse cuts to Fife schools

Scottish Liberal Democrat leader and North East Fife MSP Willie Rennie is urging the Education Secretary to step in and reverse the brutal cuts to secondary schools in Fife.

Mr Rennie’s appeal to John Swinney MSP follows the announcement that the number of teachers in Fife will be cut to balance the books after secondary school budgets were cut by £1.28 million.

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Poor A&E waiting time performance now “the norm”

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has lambasted the Scottish Government for failing to address persistently poor A&E waits.

Official figures released today show performance against the 4-hour waiting time target sits at 88.7%. The Scottish Government’s target is 95%. This has not been achieved since July 2017.

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HIV spike shows need for drug consumption rooms and access to preventative treatments

Responding to reports that the rate of new HIV infections in Scotland has increased by 16% in the past year, while the rate of new infections has fallen by 17% across Britain as a whole, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP said:

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Rumbles: Hat-trick of rail rolling stock delays as Sleeper late

Scottish Liberal Democrat transport spokesperson Mike Rumbles MSP has today condemned the Scottish Government's "hat-trick of train delays" as the Transport Secretary today revealed that new carriages for the Caledonian Sleeper rail franchise, due to be introduced from the end of October, will be delayed until well into 2019.

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Lib Dems warn Davidson is putting party before country

Responding to Ruth Davidson's Conservative conference speech, Scottish Liberal Democrat MSP Alex Cole-Hamilton said:

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Rennie: Davidson has lost control of her MPs

Responding to Ruth Davidson's comments on Good Morning Scotland this morning, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie said:

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Rennie: Conservative remainers need to ask: "Is Brexit really what’s best for Britain?"

Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie has today said that Conservative party remainers should look at the state of the country and ask themselves "Is Brexit really what's best for Britain?" as he marked six months until the UK is scheduled to leave the European Union.

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