The innocence of the young is one of the great joys of Christmas. It is the job of the political leaders to protect that innocence from the, sometimes ugly, world around us.
The scale of the challenge that the international community faces in Syria cannot be understated. We have seen the impact of the conflict on our television screens and the beaches of the Mediterranean.
But where there is darkness there is also light. The response across the globe to the Paris attacks was uplifting. Singing together at the football, standing together on the streets and even the United Nations speaking together with one voice showed that we are at one against Daesh.Read more
Christmas is a time for joy, for family, for friends, for food - and for over indulging.
But for many homeless young people this Christmas, it won't be.Read more
Scottish Liberal Democrat housing spokesman Jim Hume MSP has warned that the situation of thousands of homeless people in Scotland can only worsen if the SNP government doesn’t keep to its election promise to deliver 30,000 homes for social rent before the 2016 Holyrood election.Read more
A lot of people have been shocked by the Scottish Government's budget. It certainly wasn't what anyone was expecting.Read more
Yesterday, my bill to protect children from the effects of second hand smoke in cars was passed at Holyrood with the support of MSPs from all parties.
This important change to the law will mean those lighting up in the car when children are present will be receive a fine of £100.
We have seen how effective changes in the law have been in cutting the number of people using their phones behind the wheel. This new legislation will help protect the estimated 60,000 children who are exposed to second hand smoke in cars every week in Scotland at present.Read more
Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesman Jim Hume MSP has this evening celebrated as his Bill to ban smoking in private cars when a child is present was unanimously passed by the Scottish Parliament.Read more
Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesman Jim Hume MSP has said the Scottish Parliament will have the chance to protect thousands of children for years to come if MSPs agree today to ban smoking in private cars when a child is present.Read more
Scottish Liberal Democrat education spokesman Liam McArthur MSP has today called for the Cabinet Secretary of Education to appear before the Education Committee to explain the lack of consultation over government plans to set the length of the school week.Read more
Commenting on the publication of the Scottish Government's draft budget, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie MSP said:
"The Deputy First Minister has spent his entire political life campaigning for more tax powers. And what does he do when he gets them? The answer is nothing, no change, same rate and the same as in England.
US Vice-president Joe Biden once said “don’t tell me what you value – show me your budget, and I’ll tell you what you value”. Tomorrow, we have the chance to see what the SNP government truly values when the Cabinet Secretary for Finance will set out the SNP government’s spending plans for the coming year.
Much of the political debate in Scotland over the last few years has focussed on powers. The powers we have, the powers we want and the powers that the SNP tell us that we need. What has been lacking is discussion of how these powers are used to help people in their daily lives.Read more