Putting up new barriers will not solve any of the crises facing Scottish public services

Commenting on five years since the independence referendum, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie said:

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McArthur attacks Conservatives’ “populist and punitive” sentencing

Speaking in the debate on whole life sentences, Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Liam McArthur MSP branded the Conservative approach to sentencing “populist and punitive” and said:

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Only 13% back SNP plan to ditch the pound

Commenting on a new poll which shows that only 13% of Scots back SNP plans to ditch the pound, constitutional relations spokesperson Wendy Chamberlain said:

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Public inquiry must restore public trust after dual hospital fiasco

Responding to the announcement that a public inquiry will be held into issues at two flagship Scottish hospitals, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP said:

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More patients facing long waits to leave hospital

Commenting on new annual delayed discharge figures from ISD Scotland, which show that delayed hospital discharges have increased by 6% between 2017/18 and 2018/19, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP said:

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Rennie marks five years of division and damage

Marking five years since the independence referendum, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie said:

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Glasgow children transferred to Aberdeen for chemo treatment

Commenting on reports that a number of the children have had to travel as far away as Aberdeen for treatment because of infection concerns at the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP said:

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Rennie: Doctored document is evidence that Conservatives are planning for food and medicine shortages

Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie has today warned that the Conservatives have been “caught red handed” doctoring documents to downplay the risk of food and medicine shortages as a result of a no deal Brexit.

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McArthur: Risk of prison disintegration shows price of SNP inaction

Responding to the new report from the Auditor General confirming that Scotland’s prisons are overcrowded, violence is rising and financial pressures are compromising efforts to support and prepare prisoners for life outside prison, Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Liam McArthur MSP said:

“Nothing in this report comes as a surprise. The SNP were warned that prisons were on the brink for years. Liberal Democrats found evidence of spiralling self-harm, attacks on officers and cuts to prison budgets.

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Victim Surcharge Fund takes over six years to arrive

Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Liam McArthur MSP has welcomed regulations laid in Parliament today which announce that the Victim Surcharge will apply to crimes committed on or after 25 November 2019 but criticised the fact that it will be six years since Parliament approved legislation by the time any payments from the fund are made.

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