Black Friday is a new concept in Scotland and what a bonanza- with bargains to be had in most shops as the starting gun is fired on the Christmas shopping season. It's new to us but Americans have been at it for ages and it has come to represent a key fixture in the Thanksgiving Holiday calendar.
However, Black Friday means something altogether different if you are wintering on the Syria trail this festive season. In fact, it's fair to say that most days are pretty colourless if you face the prospect of suffering another night in a field somewhere in Eastern Europe waiting for papers or transport to the next stop on your journey. In the summer, it might just have been tolerable, but with the harsh continental winter fast approaching- grim nights in open fields could, with few degrees drop in Celsius, become fatal nights in open fields.Read more
This week the Chancellor of the Exchequer stood in the House of Commons and set out his spending plans for the next 5 years.
The headlines were full of his decision to scrap tax credit cuts that would have hit 250,000 families in Scotland. I am proud that Lib Dems in the House of Lords helped force George Osborne to change his mind and scrap his damaging plans.
Lib Dem MP Norman Lamb also deserves real praise for helping secure £600 million to improve mental health services in England. At First Minister’s Questions this week, I urged Nicola Sturgeon to ensure that the extra money that Scotland will receive as a result of this decision is ring-fenced for mental health services in Scotland. The need for investment is just as pressing north of the border.Read more
The case for a wider review into the operations of Police Scotland is now overwhelming.
Just his week it was confirmed by Interception of Communication Commissioner’s Office (IOCCO) that the force had breached the law on the interception of communications on five occasions, ‘adversely affecting’ four individuals.Read more
Earlier this week, former Liberal Democrat leader Sir Menzies Campbell was introduced to the House of Lords and made his first speech in a debate on the Scotland Bill.
This is what he had to say:Read more
Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokeswoman Alison McInnes has today called on the Scottish Government to adopt a national strategy to tackle the risks arising from sexting.Read more
Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokeswoman Alison McInnes MSP has today welcomed the news that the Scottish Parliament’s Justice Committee will on Tuesday (1 December) discuss the next steps following the revelations of police spying that came to light yesterday.Read more
Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie has this afternoon called for Nicola Sturgeon to make an early commitment to match funding for mental health services in Scotland following the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement.Read more
Following the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement, leader of the Scottish Liberal Democrats Willie Rennie has said John Swinney should be thankful he has not had to stand up today and deliver a budget for an independent Scotland.Read more
Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokeswoman Alison McInnes MSP has today expressed her shock over the results of the Scottish Social Attitudes Survey 2014: Attitudes to Violence against Women.Read more
Scottish Liberal Democrats have this evening expressed outrage over the scrapping of the £1 billion ring-fenced capital budget for the Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) prize.Read more