Scottish Liberal Democrats urge Govt to extend income support for self-employed

Liberal Democrats are urging the Government to extend income support for self-employed workers after they declared victory in convincing the Government to extend furlough payments for employees, preventing redundancies.

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BBC Documentary exposes test, track and trace mistakes at early stages

Commenting on the BBC Panorama documentary on Scotland’s lockdown and the Health Secretary’s subsequent questioning on the associated test and trace practices, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP said:

“The BBC’s documentary on Scotland’s lockdown raises huge questions about the effectiveness of the Scottish Government’s test, track and trace operation at the early stages of the coronavirus outbreak. 

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Rennie criticises poor communication between Scottish and UK Governments

Commenting on changes to the public messaging on coronavirus, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie said:

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Rennie responds to PM's lockdown plans

Responding to the Prime Minister's statement, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie said:

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Scottish Liberal Democrats mark VE Day

Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie and defence spokesperson Jamie Stone MP have today marked the 75th anniversary of VE Day.

Willie Rennie said:

“Like so many others I had hoped to spend this anniversary meeting with some of those who played a part in securing victory in Europe.

“We must never forget the struggle against fascism and the price that so many paid to keep our country safe and free.

“I hope everyone will join with me in remembering and paying tribute to everyone who laid down their lives in defence of our country.”

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Use mass testing to enable visits to the elderly and vulnerable

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton has today called for the Scottish Government to explore using mass testing to enable people to safely visit elderly or vulnerable family members, in order to boost spirits during the lockdown.

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New Scottish Affairs committee must be a forum for scrutiny and reform

Scottish Liberal Democrat constitutional affairs spokesperson Wendy Chamberlain MP has today marked the first meeting of the new Scottish Affairs committee by calling for it to be a forum for scrutiny and reform and pressing for constructive relations between the UK and Scottish Governments.

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Rennie calls for safe return of non-urgent operations

Speaking after he pressed the First Minister over support for patients waiting on non-urgent operations, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie said:

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Govt must extend transition to avoid risk of further economic shock

Responding to Tánaiste Simon Coveney's remarks that progress in negotiations to reach a post-Brexit trade deal "has not been good", Liberal Democrat Foreign Affairs and Brexit spokesperson Alistair Carmichael said: 

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Rennie: Still not clear how to make test and trace a reality

Commenting on today's Scottish Government press conference laying out proposals for a testing and tracing system it hopes to be in place by the end of May, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie said:

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