A cross-party group of local Edinburgh MSPs have today written to the First Minister calling on her to support the safe re-opening of Edinburgh Zoo as part of the phase 2 easing of lockdown restrictions.Read more
Responding to reports that the UK Government has now formally confirmed to the European Union that they will not seek an extension to the transition period, Liberal Democrat Brexit Spokesperson Alistair Carmichael said:Read more
Responding to the government's announcement that it has brought forward £11.4 million of discretionary funding to support higher education students in financial difficulty, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie commented:
"Many students will find the coronavirus has hit their finances and their chances of getting summer work.Read more
Following the news that Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has won a Scottish Government commitment to "commission and fund an independent review" to "consider the issue of safeguarding in relation to elected representatives", Mr Cole-Hamilton commented:Read more
Scottish Liberal Democrat MSP for Edinburgh Western Alex Cole-Hamilton has today used a Scottish Parliament debate to call for Scotland to build a Museum of Empire and Slavery to inform and educate about the role of Scots in the slave trade and the colonial era.Read more
The Liberal Democrats will today lead a debate in the House of Commons calling for a “radical overhaul” of Westminster politics, warning it is “not for purpose” to tackle the coronavirus pandemic.
The debate - the first in the House of Commons chamber on electoral reform since 2016 – will be led by Liberal Democrat Constitutional Affairs spokesperson Wendy Chamberlain.Read more
The Liberal Democrats will today use an emergency debate in Parliament to warn Jacob Rees-Mogg that if an MP falls ill to COVID-19 or there is a spike in cases because of travel to and from London then he must take personal responsibility and resign.
The debate, secured by Liberal Democrat Chief Whip Alistair Carmichael MP, was agreed following alarm at Business Secretary Alok Sharma becoming unwell with COVID-19 symptoms in Parliament last week.Read more
Orkney and Shetland MP, Alistair Carmichael, has called for the creation of a Food Standards Commission in light of reports that food produced to a lower standard could be brought in from the United States under a future trade deal, undercutting UK farmers and crofters. Ministers have previously denied that “chlorinated chicken” and other low-cost foods could be allowed in a new trade deal, but press reports on Thursday suggested that the government plans to open up the UK market under a “dual tariff” scheme.Read more
Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has today repeated calls for the Scottish Government to publish data on the ethnicity of COVID-19 victims.Read more
Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie and education spokesperson Beatrice Wishart have called on the UK Government to abandon proposals to apply limits to the number of English students who can be recruited by Scottish universities for 2020.Read more