Tourist businesses want FM to rule out closing border

Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie has today written to the First Minister to warn that hotels and holiday lets are facing cancellations from English holidaymakers as a result of what one tourism business described as the “ever present threat of a quarantine on visitors from south of the border.”

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New figures reveal alcohol a factor in 90,000 ambulance callouts since 2016

As lockdown eases and people increasingly socialise, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has highlighted the need to drink responsibly and said new statistics showing 90,000 ambulance call-outs since 2016 registered alcohol as a factor "emphasise once again the thanks we owe to hardworking NHS staff".

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Wishart: Guidance on test and trace in schools "remains unclear"

Responding to the new report from Covid-19 Advisory Sub-Group on Education and Children's Issues, which suggests "no distancing" will be required between students in primary or secondary schools, Scottish Liberal Democrat education spokesperson Beatrice Wishart MSP said:

"Teachers are understandably anxious about being in close proximity with large numbers of students while the rest of the country is told to maintain a safe social distance.  

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Rennie calls for intergovernmental talks on UBI as unemployment rises

Commenting on today’s figures showing that unemployment in Scotland rose to 4.3% between March and May, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie said:

"With unemployment rising and almost 900,000 people in Scotland relying on the various coronavirus support schemes, it's clear that vast numbers of families are facing an uncertain financial future.

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Rennie demands Govt extension of support to protect jobs

Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie is urging the Government to continue the furlough scheme and explore an emergency UBI to support those who have so far been excluded from existing Government support schemes.

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St Andrews fraternity assault details must be passed to police

Scottish Liberal Democrat leader and MSP for North East Fife Willie Rennie has called for the student fraternity at the centre of rape and sexual assault allegations at St Andrews University to identify members implicated in offences to the police.

Alpha Epsilon Pi (AEPi) suspended several young men who acknowledged “any role in the alleged incidents”, after details of assaults were published on an Instagram page set up for survivors of sex abuse at St Andrews.

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Screening restart must be “swift and safe”

Responding to the news that the breast cancer screening programme is to restart, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP said:

“The resumption of breast cancer screening is extremely good news. 

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Rennie: Childcare minister must "stop stonewalling" and release local childcare progress reports

Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie today questioned proposals to delay the expansion of childcare to 1140 hours and called on the Scottish Government to stop stonewalling parents by refusing to release local progress reports. The party says a one year delay to the expansion is bad for education and the economy. 

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Rennie stands up for self-employed and freelancers excluded from support schemes

Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie has today pressed the Finance Secretary about what measures she will put in place to support freelancers and others excluded from the existing funding schemes.

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Cole-Hamilton writes to FM over Edinburgh air-bridge

Edinburgh Western MSP Alex Cole-Hamilton has written to the First Minister to ask when visitors to Edinburgh will be able to arrive without quarantining.

Mr Cole-Hamilton's letter is as follows:

Dear First Minister,

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