Self-caterers will go to the wall unless SNP fix financial support

Commenting after the trade body representing the self-catering sector has condemned the Scottish Government’s decision to exclude the industry from top-up grant, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie said:

“The SNP Government are in danger of undermining the good work it did last year supporting businesses. 

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Cole-Hamilton: Drugs policy reset required

Speaking ahead of the ministerial statement to Parliament tomorrow on drugs, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP commented:

"Scotland has had record numbers of deaths for years, now reaching levels three and half times that of both the rest of the UK and anywhere else in Europe. The creation of a drugs minister must be accompanied by a reset of policy.

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Carmichael: Fishing protest anger should be no surprise

Commenting on the protests, Mr Carmichael said:

“I suspect that it will be a pleasant change for these lorry drivers to be able to drive instead of sitting waiting in a depot or at a port somewhere. It should be no surprise to anyone in Whitehall that our seafood exporters are angry. That anger will only rise in the coming days if these issues are not resolved.

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Education Secretary is "evasive, not decisive" over future of remote learning

As teachers and pupils prepare for the start of the second week of remote learning, Scottish Liberal Democrat education spokesperson Beatrice Wishart MSP has called on the Education Secretary to make sure his education quangos better support teachers with remote learning.

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Supreme court backs insurance payouts for coronavirus claims

Responding to the news that a Supreme Court ruling is set to force insurers to pay out on disputed coronavirus claims, Katy Gordon, Scottish Liberal Democrat economy spokesperson said:

"This is an excellent result and will provide a lifeline for many small businesses who have been plagued with worry and financial hardship throughout this pandemic.

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Lib Dems reveal £28m repayments bill for new Sick Kids hospital

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson and Edinburgh Western MSP Alex Cole-Hamilton has today revealed that NHS Lothian has made more than £28m of repayments for the Royal Hospital for Children and Young People in Edinburgh, despite the facility facing a series of delays to its opening and full operation.

The opening of the new Sick Kids' was cancelled just days before patients were set to arrive in July 2019. The Health Secretary announced last autumn that the move would be put back again, with final building works to be completed by 25 January 2021.

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Education Secretary is evasive over future of remote learning

As teachers and pupils prepare for the start of the second week of remote learning, Scottish Liberal Democrat education spokesperson Beatrice Wishart MSP has called on the Education Secretary to make sure his education quangos better support teachers with remote learning.

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Menzies Campbell responds to Lockerbie appeal dismissal

Responding to the news that a third appeal by the family of Abdelbaset Al-Megrahi has been rejected by judges at the High Court, former Liberal Democrat leader Lord Menzies Campbell said:

"Throughout this long and drawn-out process there has been criticism of the judges behind the original verdict. They are unable to speak for themselves but today's decision vindicates the decision they took.

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Students “on the breadline” as 73% express concerns over finances

Commenting on new findings from the National Union of Students showing that 73% of students have been concerned about managing financially during the covid-19 outbreak, and 14% of students have used food banks during the pandemic, Scottish Liberal Democrat education spokesperson Beatrice Wishart MSP said:

“It is shameful that Scottish students are finding themselves on the breadline.

“The pandemic has clearly left many of them in a very vulnerable position, and that has not been helped by delayed and disjointed decision making by the Scottish Government.

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Clumsy errors distracting from national vaccination mission

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has today called on the Scottish Government to routinely publish how many doses of the various covid vaccines it currently has on hand and criticised a series of blunders that have seen the Health Secretary mistakenly identify a vaccine storage site in England and remove a Covid vaccination plan just hours after it was published.

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