McArthur brands 'Islands Bond' a "gimmick"

Orkney's MSP, Liam McArthur, has today (Thursday) called for the Scottish Government to "ring-fence" funding allocated to the Islands Bond "gimmick" to be invested in broadband or transport connectivity instead.

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Rennie presses the First Minister on facial recognition technology in schools.

Scottish Liberal Democrat education spokesperson Willie Rennie has today called on the First Minister to intervene in the rollout of facial recognition in schools.

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Deadline to avert rail strikes passes with no deal struck

Responding to the deadline passing for a deal to be struck between ScotRail and the RMT union and this morning's Good Morning Scotland interview with ScotRail Operations Director David Simpson in which he revealed that if strikes go ahead, just two rail routes will run during the COP26 conference, Scottish Liberal Democrat transport spokesperson Jill Reilly said:

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SNP vote for airport expansion in blow to climate hopes

Responding to the SNP voting in favour of a third runway at Heathrow on the eve of COP26, which experts say would add an additional 600,000 tons of extra emissions to the atmosphere, Scottish Liberal Democrat Climate Emergency spokesperson Liam McArthur commented:

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UK budget is a toxic cocktail of cost-of-living hikes and planetary neglect

Responding to the UK budget, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Alex Cole-Hamilton said:

"This budget is a toxic cocktail of cost-of-living hikes and planetary neglect.

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New figures show clock is turning back on Scottish gender equality

The Scottish Government’s Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings (ASHE) published today has confirmed that the Gender Pay Gap in Scotland increased between 2020 and 2021.

The survey states that “The Gender Pay Gap for all employees in Scotland has increased from 11.1 per cent in 2020 to 11.6 per cent in 2021.” 

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SNP admit they got it wrong on national testing

Responding to the announcement that the Scottish Government will establish a “a short-life sub-group of the Curriculum and Assessment Board” to explore whether sample-based surveys, like the Scottish Survey for Literacy and Numeracy (SSLN), should be reintroduced for the next academic year, Scottish Liberal Democrat education spokesperson Willie Rennie MSP commented:

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Scot Gov missing heating target ahead of climate conference

Responding to the Scottish Government's announcement that they have missed their renewable heating target, Scottish Liberal Democrat climate emergency spokesperson Liam McArthur said: 

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Chamberlain supports husband's protest to secure release of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe

North East Fife's MP met with Richard Ratcliffe, husband of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, outside the Foreign Office this morning. Mr Ratcliffe is undertaking a new hunger strike in a bid to press the UK Government into taking firmer action on behalf of his wife who has been arbitrarily detained in Iran for more than five-and-a-half years.

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Minimum wage rise: Nearly half lost to tax hike new analysis reveals

Research by the Liberal Democrats has revealed that a full-time worker paid the National Living Wage will see nearly half (44%) of the proposed increase wiped out before it even reaches their bank account due to tax and the increase in National Insurance.

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