Rennie brands McDonnell’s independence comments “astonishingly irresponsible”

Responding to John McDonnell’s comments on independence at the Edinburgh fringe, Scottish Liberal Democrat Leader Willie Rennie MSP said:

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Childcare minister “oblivious” to crisis in her own backyard

Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie and candidate for Shetland Beatrice Wishart have today said Childcare Minister Maree Todd is “oblivious” to the evidence from her own backyard that the Scottish Government’s approach to the childcare expansion is actually pushing some nurseries towards closure.

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Rennie: PM must lift cap on seasonal agricultural workers

After completing a shift as a strawberry picker, Willie Rennie has called on the Prime Minister to lift the cap on Seasonal Agricultural Workers Scheme (SAWS).

East Grangemuir Farm which grows a crop of strawberries, potatoes, broccoli and cereals, requested 20 workers from the 2,500 UK wise scheme yet it received only 8.

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Capacity constraints cause 530 cancelled ops in June

Responding to the news that 532 operations were cancelled in June for capacity or non-clinical reasons, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP commented:

“In the height of summer, when you’d be expecting hospitals to be on track, more than 530 families have endured the upset of a patient’s operation being cancelled through no fault of their own.

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Cole-Hamilton: Delayed discharges worsen again

Responding to the news that delayed discharges caused by health and social care problems are at their highest level since last October, with 1,141 people delayed at the June census, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP commented:

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Rennie responds to independence poll

Responding to new polling by Lord Ashcroft which puts support for independence at 46%, Scottish Liberal Democrat Leader Willie Rennie said:

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McArthur submits proposals to “drastically reduce” prison population

Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Liam McArthur MSP has today called for the Scottish Government to “drastically reduce” the prison population and finally commit to making rehabilitation a priority, as he submitted his party’s plan to the Scottish Parliament’s Justice Committee investigation into prisons and alternatives to custody spending.

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Cole-Hamilton: £1.4m monthly Sick Kids repayment “kick in the teeth”

Responding to reports that NHS Lothian has since February been repaying the equivalent of about £1.4 million a month to a private consortium for the new Sick Children’s Hospital, which it cannot use due to safety concerns, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP commented:

“Patients, parents and staff are exasperated that Sick Kids' opening has been subject to delay after delay.

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Rennie: Havelock job losses “harsh blow” to Fife communities

Commenting on reports that Fife furniture firm Havelock International is to make 247 workers redundant, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader and North East Fife MSP Willie Rennie said:

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New report shows Johnson sprinting toward economic cliff edge

Commenting on a new report from professional services firm EY, which warns that “A switch to World Trade Organisation (WTO) trading rules would have immediate real and adverse impacts on Scottish exports", Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie said:

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