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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Cole-Hamilton: No space for “poisonous culture of bullying” in NHS

Responding to reports of a “culture of bullying” at NHS Highland, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP said:

“These claims are extremely serious. There is no space in the Scottish health service for a poisonous culture of bullying that is having an impact on patient health.

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Rennie: No-deal a “disastrous outlook”

Scottish Liberal Democrat Leader Willie Rennie has called on Nicola Sturgeon and Richard Leonard to step up and support a people’s vote, following the publication of a new report by the Fraser of Allander Institute which outlines the dangers of a no deal scenario.

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No excuse for “dawdling” on Latte levy

Scottish Liberal Democrat environment spokesperson Mariam Mahmood has called on the Scottish Government to commit to introducing a nationwide Latte Levy to address the persistent use of disposable coffee cups, following the publication of the Scottish Household Waste survey.

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Rennie: Leonard needs to recognise Brexit will hurt the NHS

Responding to comments from Richard Leonard suggesting that he would not seek to overturn the Brexit decision, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie said:

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NHS bed capacity “continues to be drained”

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has today demanded the Scottish Government ensure there are enough NHS beds available in acute specialities to meet demand, after figures published by ISD Scotland reveal the number of beds has continued to decrease.

The average number of available hospital beds in Scotland has been decreasing over the years. In 2017/18, the available beds for acute specialties was 13,426 - a 2% decrease on last year and a 4% reduction when compared to 2012/13.

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McArthur: Ferry tendering is right decision at last

Commenting on the confirmation that the Scottish Government has begun the tendering process for the next Northern Isles ferry contract, Orkney MSP Liam McArthur said:

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McArthur responds to recorded crime figures

Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Liam McArthur MSP has today demanded new resources to tackle sexual crimes as new figures showed that the number of these crimes recorded by the police continues to spiral.

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Cancer waiting time figures “rock bottom bad”

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has branded current waits for cancer treatment “irresponsible and dangerous”, as new statistics show quarterly performance against the 62 day target is at its worst since the standard was introduced in 2012.

The statistics published by ISD Scotland today show that only 84.6% of patients were seen within the 62-day waiting time target for the quarter 1 April to 30 June 2018. That’s down from 85% in the previous quarter, and 86.9% at the same point last year.

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Cole-Hamilton: Survey is worrying diagnosis of Scotland's health

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP today said the SNP Government needs to step up efforts to improve Scotland's health after new statistics revealed a "worrying diagnosis".

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