Worst ever figures for criminal justice cases completed in six months

Responding to the latest criminal justice monitoring data, which shows the worst ever figures for the proportion of cases going from caution to verdict within 26 weeks, Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Liam McArthur said:

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Just 1% of eligible properties connected under SNP broadband scheme

Scottish Liberal Democrat economy spokesperson Willie Rennie has today criticised the SNP/Green Government after it emerged that just 1% of properties eligible for a broadband scheme for hard-to-reach areas have been connected.

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Cole-Hamilton sets out plan to help families with housing and childcare costs

Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Alex Cole-Hamilton has today used a visit to Pennywell Pantry in north Edinburgh to highlight how the party’s councillors will deliver for families worried sick about the cost of living crisis.

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Violent crime at its highest level for a decade

Responding to new figures showing that there were 9,842 recorded cases of violent crime in 2021-22, the highest level in more than a decade, Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Liam McArthur MSP said:

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FMQs: Sale of Scotland's renewable assets threw away a fortune

Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Alex Cole-Hamilton today challenged the First Minister about the £700m sale of Scotland’s seabed for the building of windfarms after new analysis exposed the gulf in price compared to earlier sales in England and Wales – after the Scottish Government forbid companies bidding any higher.

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Free vote a test for Tory MPs - Chamberlain

Speaking in advance of Parliament’s vote on whether to refer Boris Johnson to the Privileges Committee, and responding to news that Conservative MPs will be allowed a free vote, Wendy Chamberlain said:

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Nationalists vote down Lib Dem proposals to tackle cost of living crisis

Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Alex Cole-Hamilton has today accused Scotland’s nationalist parties of hammering households after SNP and Green MSPs voted down a series of measures to tackle the cost-of-living crisis including plans to cut rail fares, increase disability benefits, protect councils from having to raise council tax and introduce an emergency nationwide home insulation programme. 

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Nationalists announce that even if ferries are further delayed or over budget no one will take responsibility

Scottish Liberal Democrat economy spokesperson Willie Rennie has today blasted the Scottish Government after they voted down proposals which would have required responsible ministers to resign if the delays or costs of lifeline ferries spiral even further. 

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Scot Lib Dems: A ScotRail sale is no replacement for overhaul of rail prices and services

Responding to the announcement by ScotRail that weekday off-peak fares will be cut by 50% during May and June, Scottish Liberal Democrat transport spokesperson Jill Reilly said:

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Sturgeon promising indyref2 to distract from cuts to local government

Responding to comments from Nicola Sturgeon in an interview with ITV Borders in which she claimed that it is still realistic to hold a second independence referendum next year, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Alex Cole-Hamilton said:

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