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Speech by Willie Rennie MSP, leader of the Scottish Liberal Democrats, on the future of public services in Scotland:

It would only be right to congratulate Jeremy Corbyn on his emphatic victory on Saturday.

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SNP must break the link between reoffending and homelessness

Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Alison McInnes MSPhas urged SNP Ministers to take action to break the link between homelessness and re-offending.

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Hume calls for extension of Borders Railway

Scottish Liberal Democrat MSP Jim Hume today repeated his calls for the Scottish Government to commit to a feasibility study into the extension of the Borders rail link to Hawick and Carlisle.

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McInnes disappointment at glacial pace of youth justice reform

Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Alison McInnes has expressed disappointment at the glacial progress of efforts to reform youth justice.

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Hume urges SNP to address Right to Buy rush

Scottish Liberal Democrats have condemned the SNP government’s neglect towards social housing after figures published today showed that sales of public authority dwelling rose by 20 percent in 2014-15.

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McInnes: Crime figures reveal impact of backfilling

Scottish Liberal Democrats have warned that a drop in the clear up rate for recorded crimes reveals the impact of backfilling for local communities.

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McInnes: Control room review reveals continued risk to public

Scottish Liberal Democrats have said that a damning review of police call handling has revealed that systemic problems present a continued risk to the public.

The interim HMICS review published today called for the suspension of planned closures of call centres in the North until the new centralised area control room is fully operational.

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McInnes: Case for stop and search reform is now overwhelming

Scottish Liberal Democrats have said that the case for comprehensive reform of this so-called “consensual stop and search” is “now overwhelming”.

It follows the publication of an independent review into the tactic led by John Scott QC.

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McInnes urges SNP to ‘be bold’ on police action

Scottish Liberal Democrats have urged the Scottish Government to ‘be bold’ in addressing the significant problems facing policing in Scotland.

It is widely expected that long-awaited reports into police control rooms and police use of so-called consensual stop and search will be published tomorrow ahead of a statement on policing by the Justice Secretary.

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Hume calls for action as consultant vacancies treble

Scottish Liberal Democrats has called on the Health Secretary to act after figures published today showed the number of consultant posts lying vacant has trebled over the past four years.

 

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