Rennie: Masks on school estate the “right thing to do”

Speaking after the First Minister announced the introduction of face coverings being used in corridors and communal areas of secondary schools, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie said: 

“This change of policy is the right thing to do and will provide an extra barrier of protection from the virus and reassurance to staff, pupils and parents.  

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New stats reveal "staggering failures" with the quarantine tracing system as less than 7% successfully checked

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has demanded answers about the "staggering failures" with the quarantine tracing system, after new statistics included in the Covid-19 Statistical Report published today by Public Health Scotland revealed only 6.8% of those required to quarantine in Scotland have been successfully contacted by a contact tracer. 

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Rennie: GDP stats show Scottish Government needs to take “new steps to promote prosperity”

Speaking after the release of experimental new statistics on Scottish GDP in June, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie said:

"We are still in a world of uncertainty. Scottish GDP was sluggish even before the virus struck.

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Lib Dems back campaign for student paramedic bursaries to attract “best and brightest” to our NHS

The Scottish Liberal Democrats have today issued a statement of support for the ‘Pay Student Paramedics’, campaign launched by a group of paramedic science students.   

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Rennie: Ministers must make face coverings on school buses mandatory

In the wake of fresh reports of Covid-19 infections in pupils in schools across Scotland, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie has today called on ministers to revise guidance which does not make it mandatory for school pupils to wear face coverings on school buses.   

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Witnesses to harassment probe must be "open and transparent"

Speaking ahead of the Committee exploring the Scottish Government Handling of Harassment Complaints taking evidence from Permanent Secretary Leslie Evans, committee member Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP said: 

“A government process that was designed to help victims of bullying and harassment failed utterly and left workers, who had already suffered, exposed and denied natural justice.

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Lib Dems call for Scottish insulation retrofit scheme in Programme for Government

Scottish Liberal Democrat energy spokesperson Liam McArthur has called for the Scottish Government to roll out a new national insulation retrofit scheme to reduce emissions, tackle stubborn and persistent” fuel poverty and boost the economy.

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Rennie calls for testing as new countries added to quarantine list

Responding to new quarantine rules applying to those travelling from France and a number of other countries, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie said:

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McArthur questions decision to suspend lower league training

Scottish Liberal Democrat MSP Liam McArthur has today warned of "significant unfairness" after teams outside the Scottish Premiership were suspended from training in the wake of high profile incidents involving Aberdeen and Celtic players.

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The Education Secretary should leave his post

Commenting on today’s defeated vote of no confidence in the Education Secretary, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie said:

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