Scottish Liberal Democrat Energy Spokesperson, Liam McArthur MSP has today warned that the Scottish Government’s Climate Change Plan has fallen short on the “detailed policies and ambition needed to meet the challenge of Climate Change.”
The Scottish Government published its plan yesterday ahead of a new Climate Bill expected before the before summer of 2018. Due to weather disruption, a Ministerial Statement on the plan excepted in Holyrood today has been postponed.Read more
Scottish Liberal Democrat transport spokesperson Mike Rumbles MSP has today warned that the Scottish Government is "spinning its wheels" as new stats revealed that little progress has been made in promoting cycling and the number of bus journeys has fallen below 400 million for the first time.
Figures published today by Transport Scotland reveal that just 1.2% of journey miles were taken by bike, far below the Scottish Government's 10% target. They also show that the number of bus journeys has fallen from a peak of 487 million in 2007-08, when Liberal Democrats left government, to 393 million in 2016-17 with the number of journeys down 14 million in the last year alone.Read more
Scottish Liberal Democrat Justice Spokesperson Liam McArthur MSP has today warned that fundamental concerns about the provision of legal aid have yet to be answered.
Mr McArthur’s comments come in the wake of the publication the independent review of legal aid, Rethinking Legal Aid. The Liberal Democrat MSP welcomed a number of the recommendations in the report, but said that some of the “fundamental and complex questions about legal aid have been ducked.”Read more
Responding to the publication of a Continuity Bill by the Scottish Government, following the failure to reach agreement on the UK Government's EU Withdrawal Bill, Scottish Liberal Democrat Europe spokesperson Tavish Scott MSP said:Read more
Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Liam McArthur MSP has today called on the Scottish Government to make progress towards extending the presumption against short-term prison sentences.
The call comes after official statistics revealed short-term sentences of up to 3 months made up 28% (3,500) of custodial sentences in 2016-17, despite the existing presumption against this ineffective practice. Sentences between 3 and 12 months accounted for a further 35% (nearly 7,000) of all sentences.Read more
Scottish Liberal Democrat energy spokesman and Orkney MSP, Liam McArthur has today described fuel poverty in Scotland as a “national embarrassment” as new figures show levels continuing to rise across the country.
Official figures revealed that Mr McArthur’s own Orkney constituency remains worst affected, with two thirds of island households deemed “fuel poor”. Meanwhile, the local authorities where fuel poverty was highest were all in rural Scotland.Read more
Scottish Liberal Democrat transport spokesperson Mike Rumbles MSP said the Transport Minister must set Scotrail a deadline for the carriage crisis to end after Humza Yousaf twice refused to do so during Topical Questions today.
Speaking after Topical Questions, Mr Rumbles said:
“The carriage crisis is having a serious impact on the thousands of commuters that depend on this service, and it is entirely possible they will have an especially tough few days as the Siberian snow conditions close in.Read more
Commenting in response to confirmation from Scottish Police Authority (SPA) Chair Susan Deacon that the new Chief Constable of Police Scotland will not take up their post until the end of the year, Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Liam McArthur MSP said:Read more
Liberal Democrat Scottish Affairs spokesperson Christine Jardine MP has today warned that the Scottish Government's shambolic handling of policy has undermined their credibility with businesses, after Ryanair announced that it is to cut many of its routes from Glasgow Airport.Read more
Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has today said the First Minister's NHS Treatment Time Guarantee is hardly worth the paper it is written on after new statistics showed it being breached for one in five patients.
New figures from ISD Scotland reveal just 80.4% of patients were seen within the 12-week Treatment Time Guarantee in the quarter ending December 2017 - only marginally above the worst performance ever recorded against this target.Read more