Rennie: ONS report paints “devastating picture” of the impact of the virus on Scotland

Responding to new analysis released by the ONS, which confirms Scotland had the third highest level of excess deaths in Europe for the first half of 2020, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie said: 

“These statistics paint a devastating picture of the toll the coronavirus has taken on communities across Scotland.  

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Rennie: Care home deaths expose need for rapid inquiry

Commenting on last night’s BBC Scotland Disclosure programme, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie said:

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FM urged to clear up muddle on face coverings after daily briefing confusion

Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie has today urged the First Minister to clear up whether staff in cafes, pubs and restaurants should be wearing face coverings. He has made the call after the First Minister reprimanded some businesses for failing to ensure staff were wearing face coverings despite the government’s guidance and the law not requiring it.

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Rennie: SNP support for Heathrow “fundamentally incompatible” with green recovery

Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie has today demanded the First Minister withdraw support for the expansion of Heathrow, stressing that the project is “fundamentally incompatible” with a green recovery from the coronavirus and “endangering the climate”.  

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Scotland's deadliest roads revealed

As hotels follow self-catering accommodation in re-opening Far North MP Jamie Stone has made a plea for travellers to be cautious on Scotland’s trunk roads as he revealed figures showing there were 785 serious or fatal accidents on Scotland’s trunk road network between January 2017 and summer 2019.

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Lib Dems call for upgraded suicide monitoring system amid fears of "mental health tidal wave"

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton has today called on the Scottish Government to explore publishing more regularly official statistics on the number of deaths by suicide to help react to the mental health tidal wave that it is feared has been caused by Covid-19. 

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Stone leads open letter calling for support for 3 million excluded from Government Schemes

Liberal Democrat MP for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross, Jamie Stone, has coordinated an open letter calling on the Government to support the 3 million people that have been excluded from support during the pandemic. It has been signed by 99 MPs from 9 different parties, who are members of his ExcludedUK All Parliamentary Party Group. 

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Sturgeon should publish the science behind Spanish quarantine u-turns

The Scottish Liberal Democrat Leader has today asked the First Minister to use her first press briefing since the reintroduction of the Spanish quarantine to publish the science and the review which underpinned the lifting of the quarantine three days earlier.

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Rennie: Two leaders not meeting in Scotland, “They both need to grow up”

Speaking as the Prime Minister visits Scotland and trades insults with the First Minister, the leader of the Scottish Liberal Democrats Willie Rennie said:

“We are still in the grip of a global pandemic. All our lives are still under restrictions.

“Yet the two leaders, the PM and the FM, have decided just to continue their tired old argument about the constitution. They need to get out of their comfort zones and agree to work together.

“They both need to grow up.

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Rennie: FM needs to clear up growing muddle about travel to Spain

The leader of the Scottish Liberal Democrats Willie Rennie has called on the First Minister to clear up a growing muddle about travel to Spain, following the daily briefing this lunchtime.  She advised against non-essential travel abroad despite lifting the restrictions on travel from Spain. She also said prevalence of the virus was in decline despite the Spanish health ministry talking about an increase.

 

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