Rennie: Fresh revelations on ferries show SNP “amateurism”

Following the revelation by the First Minister that the Deputy First Minister was involved in the ferries contract, that ministers ignored legal warnings and that multi-million pound contracts are routinely signed off by one line emails, Scottish Liberal Democrat economy spokesperson Willie Rennie MSP said:

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FMQs: Cole-Hamilton challenges First Minister over SNP sewage scandal

Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Alex Cole-Hamilton has today challenged the First Minister over the SNP's sewage scandal which saw raw sewage released into Scotland's rivers more than 10,000 times last year alone.

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Wishart to bring unexploded bombs debate to Parliament

Scottish Liberal Democrat and Shetland MSP Beatrice Wishart is to bring a debate to the Scottish Parliament highlighting the damage caused by ‘high order’ detonations to clear unexploded ordnance (UXOs) from marine areas.

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Public inquiry over ferries fiasco is now urgent

Responding to Jenny Gilruth's opening statement in this afternoon's Scottish Parliament debate on ferries, Scottish Liberal Democrat economy spokesperson Willie Rennie said:

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The last thing we want from Education Scotland is business as usual.

Responding to comments from Patricia Watson, strategic director at Education Scotland in which she described the next two years as “business as usual at Education Scotland” despite ongoing proposals for reform and said that the body was making “good progress” in improving education, Scottish Liberal Democrat education spokesperson Willie Rennie said:

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Red line commitment secured on hormone-treated beef

Orkney and Shetland MP, Alistair Carmichael, has secured a commitment from the International Trade Secretary this week that maintaining UK food standards and the ban on hormone-treated beef would be a “red line” in UK-Canada trade negotiations. The Secretary of State, Anne-Marie Trevelyan MP made the commitment in response to a letter from Mr Carmichael highlighting claims from Canadian negotiators that overturning the ban would be their goal during trade talks.

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Scot Lib Dems to oppose SNP Covid power grab

Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Alex Cole-Hamilton has today called for the whole Scottish Parliament to oppose the Scottish Government’s Coronavirus (Recovery and Reform) Bill "power grab" on Wednesday afternoon.  

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Patient health survey shows the SNP have been a disaster

Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Alex Cole-Hamilton has today branded the SNP a disaster for local health care as new figures revealed significant falls in how people rate the quality of care they have received.

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New mothers must travel up to 390 miles to access maternal mental health support

Shetland MSP Beatrice Wishart has today pressed the Scottish Government over what action it will take to provide local support to new mothers who require a specialist mental health bed with their baby, following recent reports that many are having to travel hundreds of miles in order to receive the treatment they need.

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180,000 on housing waiting lists

Responding to new statistics showing there were 178,260 applications recorded on local authority or common housing register housing lists in March 2021, Scottish Liberal Democrat housing spokesperson Paul McGarry commented:

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