Aberdeenshire council shows more leadership than First Minister

Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie has today said that the decision by Aberdeenshire councillors to back a vote on the final Brexit deal with an option to remain is "a lightning bolt" aimed at the SNP and Labour leaderships as he urged them to get off the fence and back a People's Vote.

At a meeting of Aberdeenshire council, a majority of SNP councillors joined Liberal Democrat, Green, independent and Labour members as the council voted 33 to 26 in favour of a final say.

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Scot Lib Dems condemn RBS closures

Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross MP Jamie Stone has today condemned comments from RBS confirming that a series of rural bank branch closures will go ahead. A review conducted by Johnston Carmichael of 10 proposed branch closures published today confirms that eight of the branches concerned will be closed.

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Rumbles: Aberdeen fans given "thoroughly raw deal" by semi-final decision

North East MSP and Scottish Liberal Democrat transport spokesperson Mike Rumbles has today said Aberdeen fans have been given a "thoroughly raw deal" following the decision of the SPFL to host two semi-finals on the same day at Hampden, which involves Aberdeen kicking off before a train even arrives in Glasgow from the North East.

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Rumbles reveals top 10 most overcrowded rail journeys

Scottish Liberal Democrat transport spokesperson Mike Rumbles MSP has today highlighted figures given to the party revealing Scotland's ten most overcrowded rail journeys as he warned that "we will never tempt motorists out of their cars" unless rail firms invest in improving services.

Figures uncovered by the Scottish Liberal Democrats reveal that the 16:34 from Edinburgh to Perth is Scotland's most overcrowded journey, running at 136% of planned capacity. The two-carriage service carries 234 passengers but only has capacity for 172 seated and standing.

The second most overcrowded journey is the 08:07 from Neilston to Glasgow Central which runs at 123% of capacity and third is the 07:55 North Berwick to Haymarket service which runs at 119% of capacity.

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Rennie demands transparency over Scottish Government finances

Responding to a new report from the Auditor General warning that the Scottish Government should be more transparent about providing public funds to support private companies, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie said:

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No action on postcode lottery for veterans support services

North East MSP Mike Rumbles has called on the Scottish Government to review the closure of essential Veterans First Point services in Grampian and the Highlands.

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Cole-Hamilton: St John's closure to continue indefinitely

Responding to a statement from the Health Secretary confirming that reduced paediatric service at St John's is to continue indefinitely, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP said:

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Cole-Hamilton: Edinburgh schools cuts the product of "brutal" SNP underfunding

Responding to reports that sweeping cuts to school spending, music tuition and library opening hours are among measures that are being considered by Edinburgh City Council, Scottish Liberal Democrat MSP for Edinburgh Western Alex Cole-Hamilton said:

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McArthur: Guardianship orders require reform

Responding to new figures showing that the number of guardianship orders has risen by 12% in the last year and 149% in the past decade, Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Liam McArthur MSP said:

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20 months on and still no plan for agricultural funding

North East MSP and Scottish Liberal Democrat spokesperson on rural affairs, Mike Rumbles, has panned the Scottish Government’s rural economy minister for failing to deliver a programme of support for agricultural funding after Brexit. Despite a unanimous vote on the matter 20 months ago.

During questions in the Scottish Parliament today the Cabinet Secretary announced his intent to ‘bring forward a motion which will allow us to debate the principles to underpin Scotland’s future farm policy’ despite an amendment lodged by Mike Rumbles and passed unanimously by the Scottish Parliament on 19th January 2017 to develop ‘the principles and policies for rural support beyond 2020’.

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