Huge upsurge in volume of heroin and ecstasy seized

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has today called on the government to endorse “humane proposals” to establish heroin assisted treatment clinics, as new statistics reveal the volume of heroin seized by Police Scotland in 2017-18 had doubled from the previous year and the number of ecstasy-type tablets seized had tripled.

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Give interns contracts and a wage urge Lib Dems

Scottish Liberal Democrat Economy and Fair Work spokesperson Katy Gordon has today called for all internships or work placements that last for more than four weeks to be treated as employment, requiring a contract and the National Minimum Wage.

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Revoke Article 50 if a deal isn't agreed

The Liberal Democrats have today called for the Government to revoke Article 50 if no Brexit deal can be agreed a week before departure date.

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Lib Dems reveal self-harm in prisons increases 40% in 12 months

Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Liam McArthur MSP today demanded new investment in mental health care in prisons after the party published “devastating” new statistics showing self-harm incidents increased by 43% last year.

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Jardine demands urgent welfare changes in keynote speech

In her first keynote speech as Liberal Democrat Work and Pensions spokesperson, Christine Jardine will today outline her priorities to her party’s conference in York and demand the Conservative Government stop cutting welfare payments, end the freeze on working-age benefits and abandon the two child benefit cap.

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We owe it to the next generation to take urgent climate change action

Scottish Liberal Democrat environment spokesperson Rebecca Bell spent this morning supporting young people from schools across Edinburgh who were protesting climate change outside the Scottish Parliament. Speaking after the rally she commented:

“I’m delighted to see thousands of young people politically engaged and protesting climate change. The power to curb global warming is in our hands now. What we’ve done so far simply does not go far enough, fast enough.

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Jardine slams government over gender price gap

Edinburgh West MP, Christine Jardine, has today slammed the Conservative Government for refusing to act to stop the gender price gap.

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Stone: Parliament must rule out no deal and deliver a People’s Vote

Commenting after the Government’s defeat in the House of Commons this evening, Liberal Democrat Scottish affairs spokesperson Jamie Stone MP said:

“The Prime Minister’s government has lost its authority and cannot take this forward.

“Parliament itself now has the job to get No Deal off the table. MPs should extend Article 50 to allow time to exit from this mess through a People’s Vote with the option of remaining in the EU.”

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Almost 1,000 fewer English and Maths teachers since 2008

Commenting on new figures showing that the number of specialist Maths and English teachers has fallen by almost 1,000 since 2008, education spokesperson Tavish Scott MSP said:

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Hundreds wait over six months for chronic pain treatment

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP today warned long waits for treatment are preventing people getting on with their lives after new statistics showed 400 patients waited more than six months to get help for chronic pain treatment.

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