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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Willie Rennie: Independence Bill makes SNP priorities clear

The Scottish Government is not lacking for problems which require urgent action.

Over the last few weeks we have had reports that two thirds of emergency GP training places are going unfilled. Police union chiefs told a fringe meeting at SNP conference that police cars are being held together with duct tape and cable ties. Our economic growth is lagging behind the rest of the UK.

But today SNP ministers made their priority clear with the publication of a new draft bill for a second independence referendum.

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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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SNP conference: Indy poll should give SNP pause for thought

Commenting as a new poll suggested a fall in support for Scottish independence, Scottish Liberal Democrat MP Alistair Carmichael said:

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McArthur: Duct tape won’t fix Police Scotland crisis

Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson, Liam McArthur MSP has today said a decade of SNP government has left the police service in Scotland in crisis.

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Scott: SQA must clampdown on exam errors

Commenting on reports of mistakes in a computing exam in this year's National Five tests, Scottish Liberal Democrat education spokesman Tavish Scott MSP said:

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Cole-Hamilton blasts SNP over flagship business scheme delay

Scottish Liberal Democrat MSP Alex Cole-Hamilton today said the SNP are pulling the wool over the eyes of Scottish businesses as answers to parliamentary questions revealed it will be months before applications for a flagship economic scheme are considered.

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McArthur: taser announcement will not build confidence

Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesman Liam McArthur MSP today said a rushed announcement on the deployment of Tasers with transport police officers in Scotland will not build public confidence.

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Scott: too many children still excluded from attainment gap funding

Commenting on the announcement of details of attainment gap funding in Scotland’s schools, Scottish Liberal Democrat education spokesman Tavish Scott MSP said:

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