Jardine thanks NHS Scotland Staff in Parliament

Edinburgh West MP, Christine Jardine, has today tabled a motion to Parliament thanking NHS Scotland staff for their work amid the coronavirus outbreak.

The motion has been submitted jointly with her Scottish Liberal Democrat parliamentary colleagues, and recognises the immense pressured placed on doctors, nurses and support staff, as well as the risk posed to their own health while carrying out their roles.

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Suspend negotiations with the EU till COVID-19 subsides

MP for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross, Jamie Stone has today co-sponsored a cross-party parliamentary motion urging the Conservative Government to suspend negotiations with the EU until the COVID-19 pandemic subsides. 

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Jardine To Host Over-The-Phone Surgery Amid Coronavirus Outbreak

Edinburgh West MP Christine Jardine will hold a special over-the-phone advice surgery this Friday in place of face-to-face meetings amid the Coronavirus outbreak.

Ms Jardine will be available to take calls between 10am and 12pm, and 2pm and 4pm on Friday (20 March) on 0131 285 5972. 

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Rennie comments on first Scottish coronavirus death

Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie said:

“My thoughts are with the family and friends of the person who has passed away.

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UK budget lacks an honest assessment of Brexit damage

Responding to today’s UK budget, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie said:

“This budget arrives in the shadow of the coronavirus outbreak. It’s essential that all workers are protected financially if they have to have time off. We don’t want people risking their health and the health of others because they worry they are going to lose wages and income.

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“Old-fashioned incompetence” at fault for £250m ferry shambles

Commenting on this morning’s Rural Economy and Connectivity committee evidence session on Ferguson shipyard, which heard from the CMAL chief executive that the cost of the two ferries under construction there could eventually hit £250m, Scottish Liberal Democrat MSP Mike Rumbles said:

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SNP, Conservatives, Labour and Greens reject efforts to protect against predatory politicians

Scottish Liberal Democrat MSP Alex Cole-Hamilton has today expressed dismay after SNP, Conservative, Labour and Green MSPs voted against elected representatives being subject to a PVG check before they can be alone with children and vulnerable people.

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Councils short-changed by SNP local finance deal

Commenting on the passage of today’s Local Governance Finance Order, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie said:

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Chronic pain patients facing “agonising” long waits for treatment

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has today criticised the government for putting chronic pain patients through “agonising” long waits for treatment, after new statistics showed hundreds of patients waited more than six months to get help.

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Carmichael writes to Chancellor on red diesel duty concerns

Orkney and Shetland MP, Alistair Carmichael, has written to the Chancellor to ask for clarification over concerns that this week’s Budget will raise duty rates on red diesel, impacting farmers, crofters and other industries. Red diesel is used in tractors, bulldozers, forklifts, cranes, combine harvesters and generators. The fuel attracts a duty of 11.1p a litre compared with 57.7p for standard diesel used by motorists and hauliers.

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