Lindsay: Much more to be done on gender equality

Scottish Liberal Democrat equalities spokesperson Caron Lindsay today said that, despite moves in the right direction, it is fundamentally wrong that women are still paid considerably less than men 46 years after the Equal Pay Act was passed 

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Cole-Hamilton: Odds of beating cancer must be improved

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has called on the Scottish Government to ensure that resources are focused on reducing cancer in deprived areas after new statistics showed mortality rates are 64% higher than  in the least deprived areas. 

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McArthur welcomes HMIPS recommendation to end short-term sentences

Scottish Liberal Democrat spokesperson Liam McArthur MSP has called on the Scottish Government to extend the presumption against short sentences from 3 to 12 months and act on the recommendation of HM Chief Inspector of Prisons for Scotland.

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Cole-Hamilton: Action needed to reduce alcohol hospitalisations

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesman Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP today warned that action to tackle Scotland’s unhealthy relationship with alcohol is not cutting it as new statistics show almost 35,000 people were admitted to hospital as a result of alcohol last year.

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Scott: SNP record on student support is shameful

Scottish Liberal Democrat education spokesperson Tavish Scott MSP has said the SNP’s record on supporting students is “shameful” after new statistics showed that bursary support for students in Scotland almost halved over the past five years. 

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Rumbles: SNP backing for Heathrow at odds with their climate change commitments

Following the news that the UK Government will back the building of a third runway at Heathrow Airport, Scottish Liberal Democrat transport spokesperson Mike Rumbles MSP commented:

“Liberal Democrats do not agree with this decision. We are not in favour of the unlimited expansion of aviation.

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Cole-Hamilton: Dental health must reach every area

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP today called on the Scottish Government to set out how it will improve the dental health of children from more deprived backgrounds, after it was revealed a 2010 target is still being missed.

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Orkney and Shetland MSPs criticise lack of attainment gap funding for Northern Isles

MSPs Liam McArthur and Tavish Scott expressed their concern today that twelve local authorities, including Orkney and Shetland, are to be excluded from £11.5 million in government funding to close the attainment gap. 

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Cole-Hamilton asks First Minister to commit to pardons

Scottish Liberal Democrat MSP Alex Cole-Hamilton has written to the First Minister to ask whether she will commit to quashing historic convictions for gay and bisexual men in Scotland convicted of now abolished sexual offences.

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McArthur warns against cooking the books on police numbers

Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesman Liam McArthur MSP today warned against cooking the books on police officer numbers after reports that a key staffing target was missed repeatedly over the last quarter. 

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