Scottish and UK Governments “point scoring” instead of making progress on drugs deaths

Responding to the announcement that the Scottish Government will hold a drugs conference in Glasgow, the day before the UK Government holds its own drugs summit in the city, Scottish Liberal Democrat public health spokesperson Rosemary Bruce said:

“The Scottish and UK Governments ought to be working together to solve this crisis, not engaging in petty point scoring by holding separate conferences on the same issue in the same city only a day apart.

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Long overdue report must address risk of future Queensferry Crossing closures

Commenting on the closure of the Queensferry Crossing, Scottish Liberal Democrat MSP Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP, whose Edinburgh Western constituency contains the southern end of the bridge, said:

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Johnson and Sturgeon must “get a grip” and ensure COP26 happens in Glasgow

Scottish Liberal Democrat MP Alistair Carmichael has today called on the UK and Scottish Governments to “get a grip” and ensure that the COP26 conference happens in Glasgow, as reports suggest that officials have begun probing alternative venues in London.

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Rennie urges standards committee to reconsider recall measures for MSPs

Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie has urged the Scottish Parliament’s standards committee to reconsider introducing measures to allow constituents to recall MSPs.

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Lib Dems launch bid to subject all elected officials to PVG checks

Scottish Liberal Democrat Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has today announced that he will bid to make MSPs and all other elected members in Scotland subject to a PVG check, introducing a new safeguards for children and vulnerable adults and helping protect against people using elected status as a platform for predatory or exploitative behaviour.

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Chamberlain: Home Office is not fit for purpose

Liberal Democrat Constitutional Affairs spokesperson Wendy Chamberlain MP has branded the Home Office as ‘not fit for purpose’  as she tabled an amendment to an SNP motion due to be heard in the House of Commons on Tuesday afternoon.

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Budget needs to do more to support local government and the environment

Commenting on this afternoon’s budget statement, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie said:

“This is a budget that is going to need substantial revisions.

“We need to see serious efforts to support local government, the police, mental health, nursery education and the environment.

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Review of curriculum must make Scottish education the best again

Commenting on the full review of Scotland’s curriculum announced by the Cabinet Secretary for Education, Scottish Liberal Democrat education spokesperson Beatrice Wishart MSP said:

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Health bosses must begin “arduous task” of restoring trust in NHS Tayside

Responding to the Independent Inquiry into Mental Health Services in Tayside which warns of “a breakdown of trust in many aspects of the provision of mental health services in Tayside” and makes 51 recommendations for improving services, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP said:

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Lib Dems demand action on “homeless deaths emergency”

Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has today demanded both of Scotland’s governments urgently adopt new policies to tackle the “emergency” of homeless deaths, after the first ever statistics for Scotland revealed 195 homeless people died in 2018 - 4 a week.

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