This week the Chancellor of the Exchequer stood in the House of Commons and set out his spending plans for the next 5 years.
The headlines were full of his decision to scrap tax credit cuts that would have hit 250,000 families in Scotland. I am proud that Lib Dems in the House of Lords helped force George Osborne to change his mind and scrap his damaging plans.
Lib Dem MP Norman Lamb also deserves real praise for helping secure £600 million to improve mental health services in England. At First Minister’s Questions this week, I urged Nicola Sturgeon to ensure that the extra money that Scotland will receive as a result of this decision is ring-fenced for mental health services in Scotland. The need for investment is just as pressing north of the border.
The case for a wider review into the operations of Police Scotland is now overwhelming.
Just his week it was confirmed by Interception of Communication Commissioner’s Office (IOCCO) that the force had breached the law on the interception of communications on five occasions, ‘adversely affecting’ four individuals.
Earlier this week, former Liberal Democrat leader Sir Menzies Campbell was introduced to the House of Lords and made his first speech in a debate on the Scotland Bill.
This is what he had to say: