Colleges face growing attainment gap and £360m repair bill

Scottish Liberal Democrat education spokesperson Tavish Scott MSP has today highlighted the growing attainment gap in Scotland's colleges and the impending £360m repair bill as he called for new investment to repair Scotland’s colleges.

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Cole-Hamilton: Smoking plan must "clear the air"

Responding to the publication of the Scottish Government's Tobacco-control action plan, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP said:

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Ewing’s farming consultation is 18 months late

Questioning the Cabinet Secretary after his statement on the future of Scottish agricultural support, Scottish Liberal Democrat rural affairs spokesperson Mike Rumbles MSP said:

“Eighteen months ago the Scottish Parliament unanimously, on a Liberal Democrat amendment, told the Cabinet Secretary to start this process.

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Communities “unimpressed” with Scot Gov fracking spin

Responding to the news that Ineos has lost its legal challenge against the Scottish Government, Scottish Liberal Democrat energy spokesman Liam McArthur MSP said:

“There will be relief that this legal challenge proved unsuccessful but communities at risk of being fracked will have been unimpressed to see Scottish Government spin laid bare.

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Jardine: UK Gov must agree to comprehensive cannabis reform

Scottish Liberal Democrat MP Christine Jardine has today called for medicinal cannabis products to be made available to those who need them as Home Secretary Sajid Javid today confirmed that the Government will review the scheduling of cannabis for medicinal use.

Ms Jardine has been campaigning on behalf of her constituent Murray Gray, who is seeking access to cannabis based treatments for seizures. She has secured commitments from Nick Hurd MP, the Home Office Minister, to meet her to discuss the case.

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"Heartbreaking" rise children in temporary accommodation

Commenting on the annual homelessness statistics released today, showing the first increase in applications in nine years and a 9% increase in children in temporary accommodation, Scottish Liberal Democrat MSP Alex Cole-Hamilton said:

“The SNP Government can't ignore the fact that the number of children in temporary accommodation has increased 59% since 2014. On any given day, there are now around 2,500 more children lacking the stability of a home to call their own. That is heartbreaking and the upset and disruption it causes can have a real impact on a child's development.

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Cole-Hamilton: Physio waits leave patients in pain

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP today said patients were being left in pain after new figures showed just half of patients were seen within the NHS physio waiting time target.

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Carmichael warns Scots let down by petty bickering

Alistair Carmichael, MP for Orkney and Shetland, has today criticised both the Conservatives and the SNP for their approach to the Sewel Convention, as Scottish MPs debate devolution and EU withdrawal.

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Scott: Expand FOI to firms delivering public contracts

Scottish Liberal Democrat MSP Tavish Scott had today called for private sector companies which deliver public sector services to be subject to Freedom of Information requests, saying that firms with a crucial role in supplying the basic infrastructure of the country must be accountable to the public. 

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Scott: Racial equality report stresses need for teaching diversity

Scottish Liberal Democrat education spokesperson Tavish Scott MSP has today called on the Scottish Government to improve diversity across the teaching profession as a new report revealed the "chronic" underrepresentation of BME communities in Scotland’s schools.

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