McArthur: Police Scotland got in trouble when it marked its own homework

Following the board meeting of the Scottish Police Authority, Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Liam McArthur MSP said:

“While there have undoubtedly been improvements in the way that the SPA and Police Scotland are run, they were starting from a low baseline. Allowing the SPA and Police Scotland to mark their own homework was what got them into trouble in the first place. Susan Deacon should not begrudge elected representatives the opportunity to ask questions about reform of our policing organisations.”

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Cole-Hamilton: Report reveals “catastrophic” mental health failures in NHS Tayside

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has today said that mental health services at NHS Tayside have “catastrophically” failed patients and their families, after an independent inquiry at the health board revealed frequent use of restraint, patient concerns not being taken seriously until they tried to take their own lives and delayed decision-making.

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Even SNP MSPs unimpressed by workplace parking levy

Commenting on this morning’s evidence session on the workplace parking levy, Scottish Liberal Democrat transport spokesperson Mike Rumbles MSP said:

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Cable: Crystal clear that Lib Dems are the party of Remain

On a campaign visit to Edinburgh, as part of a final day tour criss-crossing the UK, Liberal Democrat leader Vince Cable has today told a gathering of party activists that it is crystal clear that the Liberal Democrats are the party of Remain.

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“Government clutching at straws on new plastic strategy” says Carmichael

Alistair Carmichael, MP for Orkney and Shetland, has today hit out at the UK Government’s strategy for reducing plastic pollution. Mr. Carmichael branded the plans as “unambitious” as he blasted the Government for taking until April 2020 to take meaningful action.

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Purvis: Devolution gives more powers to our communities

Jeremy Purvis, former MSP for Tweeddale, Ettrick and Lauderdale, is set to use a House of Lords debate on twenty years of devolution to list the successes of devolution and raise the importance of localism to establishing a long term legacy for local communities.

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SNP currency indecision sends shivers up the spine

Responding to comments from SNP MEP Alyn Smith, that he is “agnostic” on what currency an independent Scotland would use, Scottish Liberal Democrat lead European election candidate Sheila Ritchie said:

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Rumbles says government should be looking at alternative rail operators

Scottish Liberal Democrat Transport spokesperson Mike Rumbles today pressed the Transport Secretary on the huge increase in rail compensation claims, after it was revealed that ScotRail has seen a 72.8% increase in the amount of compensation being paid to customers, topping £1,119,818 for 2018/19.

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Rennie: Wave of support shows Lib Dems are natural home for Remain voters

On a campaign visit to Water Ski & Wakeboard Scotland in Dunfermline, which saw him take to the water to illustrate the “wave of support” buoying Liberal Democrat candidates up and down the country, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie has said voting for a Liberal Democrat candidate on Thursday is a vote to make the chaos of Brexit stop.

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McArthur: Police document burning worthy of investigation by outside force

Following the news that another police force will conduct a review after Police Scotland found there was “wholly unsatisfactory and unprofessional” conduct within the former Scottish Crime and Drug Enforcement Agency, Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Liam McArthur MSP commented:

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