McArthur: Scotland counting the cost of botched police reforms

Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesman Liam McArthur MSP today said that police centralisation has made it more difficult for officers and staff to build links with the communities they serve.

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Scottish Liberal Democrats reveal the most dangerous trunk roads in Scotland

Scottish Liberal Democrat transport spokesman Mike Rumbles MSP today revealed the most dangerous trunk roads in Scotland as new figures showed that serious and fatal accidents on roads managed directly by the Scottish Government have increased year on year since 2013.

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Cole-Hamilton: NHS overtime shows staffing pressures

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesman, Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP today said staffing problems in the NHS seem to be getting worse, not better as new figures showed more than £20 million was paid in overtime to consultants in 2015/16.

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McArthur calls for review on Scottish Limited Partnerships

Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesman Liam McArthur MSP today called for an urgent review of the regulation of Scottish Limited Partnerships (SLPs) after it was revealed the controversial business model was at the heart of a Ukrainian probe into organised crime arm exports.

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Cole-Hamilton: We must boost early cancer detection rates

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesman Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP today said Ministers must work with health boards to boost early cancer detection rates as new figures revealed a flagship target has been missed.

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Cole-Hamilton: Ministers must get a grip on delayed discharges

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesman Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP today warned Ministers need to get a grip on the integration of health and social care services after last month saw an increase in the number of patients kept in hospital after they were clinically ready to be discharged.

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Rumbles: FM must work in good faith on EU

Scottish Liberal Democrat MSP Mike Rumbles today warned the First Minister against setting up EU strawmen to pave the way for a second referendum on independence for Scotland.

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McArthur: new commissioner must defend privacy rights vigorously

Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesman Liam McArthur MSP today said Scotland’s new Surveillance Commissioner must protect the freedom of journalists and others who have had their communications data accessed unlawfully.

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Lib Dems call for accurate recording of homophobic bullying

Scottish Liberal Democrats have today called on councils to ensure that homophobic bullying is recorded accurately as new figures showed nearly half of local authorities do not hold records on incidents of homophobia in schools.

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Lib Dems reveal more than 3000 children hospitalised after drug or alcohol misuse

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesman Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP today warned that cuts to drug and alcohol services could leave people stranded as new figures revealed that more than 3000 children were treated for drug or alcohol misuse in the last two years.

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