Rennie: Two leaders not meeting in Scotland, “They both need to grow up”

Speaking as the Prime Minister visits Scotland and trades insults with the First Minister, the leader of the Scottish Liberal Democrats Willie Rennie said:

“We are still in the grip of a global pandemic. All our lives are still under restrictions.

“Yet the two leaders, the PM and the FM, have decided just to continue their tired old argument about the constitution. They need to get out of their comfort zones and agree to work together.

“They both need to grow up.

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Rennie: FM needs to clear up growing muddle about travel to Spain

The leader of the Scottish Liberal Democrats Willie Rennie has called on the First Minister to clear up a growing muddle about travel to Spain, following the daily briefing this lunchtime.  She advised against non-essential travel abroad despite lifting the restrictions on travel from Spain. She also said prevalence of the virus was in decline despite the Spanish health ministry talking about an increase.

 

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Rennie: Doubts on Spain science means FM must publish quarantine data

The leader of the Scottish Liberal Democrats Willie Rennie has today written to the First Minister to ask for publication of the data surrounding the decision to release quarantine requirements for Spain.

The request is in the light of reports of scientific data from Spain which shows that the infection rate is currently three times higher than when quarantine was imposed.

Willie Rennie says that families and businesses could be out of pocket or their health affected if Scottish ministers can’t be clear about the basis of the decision.

 

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Tourist businesses want FM to rule out closing border

Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie has today written to the First Minister to warn that hotels and holiday lets are facing cancellations from English holidaymakers as a result of what one tourism business described as the “ever present threat of a quarantine on visitors from south of the border.”

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New figures reveal alcohol a factor in 90,000 ambulance callouts since 2016

As lockdown eases and people increasingly socialise, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has highlighted the need to drink responsibly and said new statistics showing 90,000 ambulance call-outs since 2016 registered alcohol as a factor "emphasise once again the thanks we owe to hardworking NHS staff".

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Wishart: Guidance on test and trace in schools "remains unclear"

Responding to the new report from Covid-19 Advisory Sub-Group on Education and Children's Issues, which suggests "no distancing" will be required between students in primary or secondary schools, Scottish Liberal Democrat education spokesperson Beatrice Wishart MSP said:

"Teachers are understandably anxious about being in close proximity with large numbers of students while the rest of the country is told to maintain a safe social distance.  

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Rennie calls for intergovernmental talks on UBI as unemployment rises

Commenting on today’s figures showing that unemployment in Scotland rose to 4.3% between March and May, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie said:

"With unemployment rising and almost 900,000 people in Scotland relying on the various coronavirus support schemes, it's clear that vast numbers of families are facing an uncertain financial future.

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Rennie demands Govt extension of support to protect jobs

Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie is urging the Government to continue the furlough scheme and explore an emergency UBI to support those who have so far been excluded from existing Government support schemes.

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St Andrews fraternity assault details must be passed to police

Scottish Liberal Democrat leader and MSP for North East Fife Willie Rennie has called for the student fraternity at the centre of rape and sexual assault allegations at St Andrews University to identify members implicated in offences to the police.

Alpha Epsilon Pi (AEPi) suspended several young men who acknowledged “any role in the alleged incidents”, after details of assaults were published on an Instagram page set up for survivors of sex abuse at St Andrews.

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Screening restart must be “swift and safe”

Responding to the news that the breast cancer screening programme is to restart, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP said:

“The resumption of breast cancer screening is extremely good news. 

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