Wishart: Teachers "just being expected to get on with it"

Responding to the publication by the EIS teaching union of COVID action points, Scottish Liberal Democrat education spokesperson Beatrice Wishart MSP commented:

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Chamberlain: Out of touch Westminister must commit to building a truly federal UK

Liberal Democrat spokesperson for Scotland and Wales Wendy Chamberlain MP will today (Saturday 26th September) address the party’s virtual conference and call for a truly federal United Kingdom and say “the old-fashioned, out-of-touch Westminster must concede it does not have all the answers”.

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Tories and SNP waste time with sham education debate

Commenting following the debate in the Scottish Parliament on education and independence Scottish Liberal Democrat education spokesperson Beatrice Wishart commented:

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Rennie: Student catastrophe requires urgent action

Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie has today called for a series of new measures to help students, especially those trapped in accommodation and affected by virus outbreaks, and called for the Education Secretary to immediately return to Parliament to address the situation.

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Concerted effort needed to support most vulnerable people on shielding list

Responding to new figures which found that the negative impacts of shielding were more common among socio-economically vulnerable respondents, with 48% reporting they were coping okay with shielding (vs 71% for all respondents) and 88% reporting a negative impact on their mental health (vs 72 % for all respondents), Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP said: 

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Changes to Hate Crime Bill are not "problem solved"

Responding to the Scottish Government’s proposal for overhauling the controversial Hate Crime and Public Order (Scotland) Bill, Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Liam McArthur MSP commented:

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New restrictions signal start of “long and taxing” winter

Responding the new restrictions set out by the First Minister, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie said: 

“This announcement signals the start of a long and taxing winter for many people across Scotland.  

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Scot Gov must act decisively at a dark moment

Commenting on the First Minister's briefing and leaked documents which revealed the range of restrictions the Scottish Government is considering to help reduce covid-19 infection levels, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie said: 

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Ed Davey: "Both of Scotland’s governments must have a needle sharp focus on recovery"

Speaking on his first visit to Scotland as the newly elected Liberal Democrat Leader, Ed Davey has today highlighted the acute pressure facing businesses across the country and stressed the need for both of Scotland's government's to have a "needle sharp" focus on recovery from the virus crisis.

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Strategy required to stop Covid disposables "costing the earth"

Scottish Liberal Democrat environment spokesperson Rebecca Bell has today marked the start of the week-long Great British Beach Clean, which runs from 18-25 September, by calling for the Scottish Government to do more to ensure that disposable waste such as masks are not allowed to pollute the beaches, streets and countryside of Scotland. 

As part of its Great British Beach Clean, the Marine Conservation Society is asking volunteers to record how many disposable masks they pick up. Charities are also encouraging people to cut the straps before binning them because they're getting caught around birds and fish. 

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