Scottish Government holding back solar power - Rennie

Scotland’s planning system currently restricts development of solar panels on commercial properties more tightly than the rest of the UK. Scottish Liberal Democrat economy spokesperson Willie Rennie has written to the Scottish Government, asking it to review the situation.

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SNP transport spokesperson claims “ScotRail exemplar for the rest of the UK”

After SNP Transport spokesperson Gavin Newlands MP today claimed in the House of Commons that “Scotrail is actually exemplar for the rest of the UK in how to run a rail system”, Scottish Liberal Democrat transport spokesperson Jill Reilly said:

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Scrap broadband bureaucracy urges MP, after £5 billion fund goes unspent

Following reports that almost none of the UK Government’s £5 billion Project Gigabit fund has been spent since it was announced by Boris Johnson over a year ago, Jamie Stone MP has urged the Department of Digital, Media, Culture and Sport (DCMS) to get a move on.

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Cole-Hamilton challenges First Minister to travel with rail passengers across Scotland

Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Alex Cole-Hamilton today challenged the First Minister to visit stations and travel on trains across Scotland to hear first hand from passengers about the impact of the withdrawal of almost 700 daily services indefinitely - just 47 days after ScotRail was nationalised by the SNP/Green Government.

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SNP's education "defining mission" in tatters

Commenting on Education Secretary Shirley-Anne Somerville ditching the SNP's "defining mission" commitment to closing the poverty related attainment gap by 2026, Willie Rennie said:

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Cole-Hamilton strikes out at appalling SNP record on long Covid support

Speaking ahead of the Scottish Parliament's long Covid debate on Thursday 19th May, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Alex Cole-Hamilton said:

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Sturgeon’s breakup plans would have Putin clapping with delight

Responding to Nicola Sturgeon's Associated Press interview in which she said that the war in Ukraine only makes Scotland's drive for independence from the U.K. more important, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Alex Cole-Hamilton said:

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Just weeks into SNP/Green rule, 30% of rail services will be cut

Responding to confirmation from Joanne Maguire, Chief Operating Officer of ScotRail, that services will be cut by 30 per cent from next week, amounting to 617 daily services being withdrawn indefinitely, Scottish Liberal Democrat transport spokesperson Jill Reilly said: 

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End long distance placements and ensure access to family for care experienced kids

Commenting on the new report from the Care Inspectorate which includes a series of recommendations to improve the lives of children experiencing care in distance placements, Scot Lib Dem leader and former children's rights worker Alex Cole-Hamilton said:

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Audit report shows it will take a decade to devolve benefits

Responding to the new report from Audit Scotland highlighting that Social Security Scotland still needs to take on more than 50% of devolved benefits, social security spokesperson Caron Lindsay said:

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