Rumbles: Robust leadership needed to boost rural industries

Following two years of setbacks for Scotland’s agricultural industries, North East MSP Mike Rumbles has welcomed figures published today that show a significant recovery in the sector during 2017.

Farm income rose from £672 million in 2016 to £917 million in 2017, following an 8 year low in 2015 of £639 million. Meanwhile production (outputs) rose from £2.8 billion to £3.2 billion in the same period.

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Lib Dem MSPs strengthen Islands Bill

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Rennie: Scotland should not jump from the frying pan into the fire

Commenting on the report from the SNP's Growth Commission, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie said:

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Cole-Hamilton reveals worst adult mental health waiting times

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP today revealed that adults have waited years for psychological therapies and said the "shocking" figures demanded a stepchange in how we treat mental health.

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Parliament backs Lib Dem call for mental health shift

Opposition parties today inflicted a defeat on the Government and demanded improvements to mental health services.

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Lib Dems: World Cup opener a battle of 'who has the worst human rights'

Liberal Democrat Foreign Affairs Spokesperson Christine Jardine MP has urged UK representatives to challenge both Russia and Saudi Arabia on their shocking human rights records as the two prepare to face-off in the World Cup opener.
 
A House of Commons library briefing, commissioned by the Liberal Democrats, has highlighted the extent to which the two states have been reprimanded by the UN over systemic human rights abuses.

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McArthur demands funding for new victim support plans

Following the publication of the Vulnerable Witnesses (Scotland) Bill, Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Liam McArthur MSP commented:

"This Bill, if passed, has the potential to offer valuable additional protections for victims of crime.

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Scott: SNP Government rightly "rebuked" for breaching FOI law

Scottish Liberal Democrat MSP Tavish Scott today said that a new report from the Scottish Information Commissioner into Scottish Government freedom of information handling is a stinging rebuke and the culmination of a decade of bad practice.

The report:

  • warns that journalists, together with MSPs and political researchers, "are expressly made subject to a different process for clearance than other requester groups", leading to additional clearance procedures and delays.
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SNP’s stunt only silences Scottish MPs

Responding to the SNP’s walkout in PMQs today, Liberal Democrat Scottish affairs spokesperson Christine Jardine MP said:

“I am utterly appalled that the SNP abandoned the opportunity to discuss Scotland’s future in favour of a stunt. They did nothing but silence themselves and other Scottish MPs.

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Rumbles calls for even more ambition on road safety

Scottish Liberal Democrat transport spokesperson Mike Rumbles has welcomed figures released today showing a further decline in almost all areas of road traffic accidents in Scotland and called for even more ambition from the Scottish Government.

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