Police and councils pay the price of Green-SNP deal

Commenting on the budget deal announced between the SNP and the Green Party, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie said

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Curriculum review must not mean paralysis in Scottish schools

Commenting on the publication of the remit for the review of curriculum for excellence, Scottish Liberal Democrat education spokesperson Beatrice Wishart MSP said:

“A proper review of Curriculum for Excellence is long overdue. However this review must not be used as an excuse to ignore falling attainment and pin the blame on local authorities.

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Active travel and bus use fall while travel by air and car continues to rise

Figures published by Transport Scotland today show that the amount of people cycling, walking and using buses as a share of all journeys made in Scotland, has continued to decline. Meanwhile the share of people choosing to travel by car or plane has increased year on year.

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Wishart demands changes as more school statistics show decline

Commenting on falls in the proportions of young people leaving school with one or more subjects at SCQF level 4 through to 7, Scottish Liberal Democrat education spokesperson Beatrice Wishart MSP said:

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McArthur: High level of domestic abuse reports “incredibly troubling”

Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Liam McArthur MSP has today called on ministers to ensure sufficient resources are in place to swiftly support domestic abuse victims and for them to be given new housing rights, after new statistics revealed 2018-19 saw the highest number of incidents recorded by police.

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First Minister must explain failure of waiting times improvement plan

Responding to the news that the First Minister’s legally-binding Treatment Time Guarantee law has now been broken 272,293 times, with the 12 week standard only being achieved for 71.9% of patients in the quarter ending 31 December 2019, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP commented:

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PM urged to support new bill to give Hong Kong citizens the right to live in the UK

The Liberal Democrats will today present a Bill with cross-party support which would require the Government offer Hong Kong citizens the right to live in the UK.

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Lib Dems call for decriminalisation ahead of drugs summit

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has today said that the Scottish Government should radically overhaul their drug policy, stop sending those caught with drugs for personal use to prison and instead ensure that medical services are available to assist those who misuse drugs.

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Scottish Government burns through 21,000 flights since 2015

Scottish Liberal Democrat transport spokesperson Mike Rumbles MSP has today criticised the Scottish Government’s air travel record, after new information uncovered by the party through a freedom of information request revealed 21,000 flights have been taken since 2015.

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Rennie: NHS must be at the heart of the case for the UK

The NHS should be at the heart of the case for United Kingdom according to the Leader of the Scottish Liberal Democrats. 

Willie Rennie will tell the These Islands Conference in Newcastle that the case for Scotland’s place in the United Kingdom should show how caring and compassionate the people of our country have been collectively.  He will say that the pro-UK campaigners should not be shy about our common achievements like the NHS and should reach out to talk about issues beyond the economic strength that comes with a single UK market.

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