Scot Gov must end ‘revolving door’ between environmental regulators and industry

North East MSP Mike Rumbles has today slammed the Scottish Government for allowing a leading compliance officer at SEPA to jump ship and take up a leading role in the salmon farming industry.

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Scot Lib Dems: Housing and homelessness "a blot on the nation"

Scottish Liberal Democrats have today described Scotland's housing crisis as "a blot on the nation" as the results of a new Shelter Scotland report revealed that last year 21,290 people received help from its housing advice and support services – more than ever before.

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Rumbles slams "glacial" broadband progress

North East MSP Mike Rumbles has called on the Scottish Government to target crucial investment at areas worst affected by low internet speeds, after a report published by Audit Scotland today confirms that broadband speeds in areas such as Aberdeenshire, Orkney and the Scottish Borders fall far short of the target level of 30mbps. 

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Rennie: Brexit proves breaking up is hard to do

Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie has warned the Liberal Democrat Autumn conference in Brighton that the lessons of Brexit are the lessons for independence as he calls on the SNP to put independence to one side and campaign to keep the whole of the UK in the EU.

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Rennie: Deplorable move to halve Tay Cities funding

Responding to the news that the UK Government may halve its funding for the Tay Cities Deal, North East Fife MSP Willie Rennie said:

“This is a devastating revelation. Both of Scotland’s governments have a responsibility to ensure the investment that was promised to the Tay region is delivered and brings tangible benefits to local people.

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McArthur: HMIPS report confirms need for prisons reform

Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Liam McArthur MSP today said that HM Inspectorate of Prisons for Scotland's (HMIPS) annual report shows why prisons and sentencing policies need to be "dragged into the 21st century".

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BTP merger drama rumbles on

Speaking after the Justice Secretary, Humza Yousaf, appeared in front of the Justice Committee this morning to provide an update on the BTP merger, Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Liam McArthur MSP said:

“The BTP merger was politically-driven and poorly planned.

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Lord Steel says “Let’s call the whole thing off”

Former Liberal Leader David Steel has urged Theresa May to call off the attempts at Brexit. In a statement today he urged her to use a Prime Ministerial TV broadcast to admit that she has tried her best to implement the wishes of the British people narrowly expressed in the referendum, but that it has proved too difficult and damaging for the UK, and that therefore she is going to ask for a people’s vote on whether they really wish to crash out of the EU.

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Cole-Hamilton thrilled to help HIV Scotland secure a future

The future of HIV Scotland has been secured by a £231k rescue package, following extensive negotiations between the charity, Scottish Liberal Democrats who campaigned to keep it afloat and the Scottish Government.

The charity was fighting for its existence after it was unsuccessful in an earlier bid to receive Scottish Government funding.

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Rumbles: Loss of local bank branches has been “devastating”

Speaking after the debate on bank closures, North East MSP Mike Rumbles said:

“People in rural and remote communities deserve and depend on access to face-to-face reliable banking. Losing local branches has been devastating.

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