Daesh - an affront and a threat to liberal values

Last night, I spoke with local members in North East Fife about the situation in Syria. This is what I had to say:

The situation in Syria is at the front of our minds tonight.

Not least here in North East Fife with the Leuchars military base nearby.

With that there should be a clearer focus on the challenge to our way of life, to liberal values, to our safety and to peace in these dangerous times.

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Rennie calls for publication of bridge contingency plans

Fife MSP and Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie has called on Transport Scotland to publish its contingency plan and its bridge inspection regime following the full closure of the Forth Road Bridge.

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Radio Silence from SNP on ID Database plans

It is now nearly a year since the SNP government set out plans to create a super ID database that experts warned could lead to the introduction of ID cards in Scotland.

Liberal Democrats opposed these proposals at the time they were announced. We led a debate at Holyrood calling for full scrutiny of proposals that the Information Commissioners Office have warned could breach civil liberties laws.

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Ministerial silence over super ID database rumbles on

Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokeswoman Alison McInnes has questioned whether SNP ministers have shelved plans to introduce a super ID database as silence over the proposals continues.

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McInnes: New Chief Constable must restore Police Scotland reputation

Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokeswoman Alison McInnes MSP today said the new Police Scotland Chief Constable must sort out two years’ worth of scandals and restore the reputation of the national force.

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McArthur: Setting school days shows government contempt

Scottish Liberal Democrat education spokesman Liam McArthur MSP has today criticised a last-minute move by the Scottish Government to strip local authorities of the power to set school days.

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Carmichael: Syria decision is the most difficult one that I have ever known

You will have seen it reported in the press and media this morning that Liberal Democrat MPs will support the motion in the House of Commons today to extend to areas of Syria our current military involvement against ISIL/Da’esh in Iraq. I want to explain why, after lengthy discussion and deliberation, we have reached this decision and why I will support it.

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Hume: SNP misses target for socially-rented houses yet again

Scottish Liberal Democrat housing spokesman Jim Hume MSP has slammed the SNP as new figures published today show it has yet again failed to meet its election promise of delivering 6,000 socially-rented houses each year.

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McInnes: Publish HMICS police counter corruption report by March

Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokeswoman Alison McInnes has this morning called for assurances that a review by HMICS into Police Scotland’s counter corruption practices will be published before the Scottish Parliament election in May 2016.

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McInnes presses for government debate on Police Scotland

McInnes presses for government debate on Police Scotland

Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokeswoman Alison McInnes MSP will this week press for a full debate on the operation of Police Scotland during government time at the Scottish Parliament.

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