Scottish Liberal Democrat education spokesperson Willie Rennie MSP has today claimed the SNP Government has lost its way on education.
His comments come after the Education Secretary announced proposals to “fiddle” with the Challenge Schools fund and indicated that the poverty related attainment gap was about to get wider.
Mr Rennie said:
"This statement just paves the way for bad news to come on the already yawning poverty related attainment gap. Years ago, the SNP Government promised to close it completely but now it is set to get even wider.Read more
Scottish Liberal Democrat drugs emergency spokesperson Ben Lawrie has today questioned why police resources are wasted on tackling cannabis possession rather than targeting other serious crimes and criminal organisations, as new figures published by Police Scotland today revealed that in 2019-20 there were 12,400 cannabis drug possession crimes, more than every other drug combined.
Ben Lawrie said:
"We know that the police are run off their feet. There are clearly a host of public safety matters more pressing that picking up people for low level cannabis possession.
“Instead, the public want officers to target violent crime and redirect their focus towards keeping communities safe.Read more
Speaking ahead of tomorrow's statement from the First Minister in which she is expected to set out an expansion of Covid ID cards, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader and health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton urged the government to ditch the “unworkable" scheme and demanded a full parliamentary vote on any further expansion before it comes into force.Read more
Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Liam McArthur has today urged the Scottish Government to deliver workable proposals on drug consumption rooms and for the leaders of the SNP and Scottish Conservative party to declare their support for trials to go ahead.Read more
Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Alex Cole-Hamilton has today unveiled a series of proposals to prevent burnout among NHS staff amid warnings that they are set to face the hardest winter in the health service’s history.Read more
Scottish Liberal Democrat leader and health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has today commented on a recent survey on students’ mental health showing that almost three-quarters of students reported low wellbeing.Read more
Scottish Liberal Democrat spokesperson for the climate emergency Liam McArthur has today pressed the SNP/Green government to provide a clear timetable and adequate information regarding the introduction of the Deposit Return Scheme (DRS).Read more
Responding to the First Minister’s Covid statement, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader and health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP called for enhanced lateral flow testing to replace ineffective Covid ID cards in light of the emerging evidence that COP26 was staged safely without them.Read more
Scottish Liberal Democrat leader and health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton today called for a step change in social care provision after new figures showed the “eye-watering” cost of delayed discharges to the NHS.Read more