Carmichael: Sturgeon admits border difficulties

Responding to Nicola Sturgeon's interview on the Andrew Marr Show in which she admitted that independence would mean "practical difficulties" at border, Scottish Liberal Democrat campaign chair Alistair Carmichael MP said:

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Jardine: SNP desperately confused over economics of independence

Responding to reports in the Sunday Times that Scotland’s fiscal deficit has soared to eight times the limit set by the European Union for membership, Treasury spokesperson Christine Jardine said:

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Rennie serves up positive plan for Scottish sports

Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie has today used a visit to a tennis club in Fife to serve up the party’s plan to boost sports. Describing the plan as a way of rallying Scottish sport and exceptional talent “from the grassroots to elite level”, it is the latest instalment in a week of proposals designed to win over wavering nationalist voters by providing positive alternatives to independence. 

The Scottish Liberal Democrat manifesto outlines plans for:

  • All grassroots sports to benefit from the investment and interest in our Bounce Back Education Plan with its commitment to new funded entitlements for children and young people to use over the holidays so nobody misses out.
  • Ensuring that Scotland doesn't miss out on the golden legacy of Judy, Andy and Jamie Murray by supporting the development of more pathways for their potential successors with new accessible tennis facilities and covered courts across the country. 
  • Increasing investment in activities suitable for older people and disabled people, including new sporting opportunities, with a particular focus on reducing social isolation and loneliness. 
  • Supporting a bid for the 2030 men’s world cup that puts the climate emergency at its heart, puts recovery first and is a model of how to hold climate-friendly major events in future.
  • Creating new national parks, establishing new woodlands and green spaces close to where people live, and appointing an Outdoor Recreation Champion to help everyone get the benefits. 

Mr Rennie said: 

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SNP rigging educational survey to deflect poorer performance

Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie has today accused the SNP of rigging the Pisa educational survey to deflect poorer performance after an academic found the number of pupils withdrawn or deemed ineligible in Scotland is "much higher than in any other country".

Analysis by Professor John Jerrim published in TES shows that the proportion of Scottish students withdrawn or deemed ineligible from the 2018 Pisa test – which measures 15-year-old students' performance in maths, reading and science – doubled from 4.1 per cent in 2015 to 9.3 per cent in 2018. The average student withdrawal rate across all the countries that took part in Pisa 2018 was 1.7 per cent.

Many more tests were taken in S5 in 2018 than in previous years, meaning the survey will capture far fewer people who leave at the end of S4 and causing these pupils to be marked "ineligible". It also means more pupils are assessed in S5 when they have been in school for longer.

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Sturgeon is telling tall tales over SNP border plans

Responding to comments from Nicola Sturgeon to ITV Borders that “Nobody in the SNP wants to see a border between Scotland and England”, Scottish Liberal Democrat campaign chair Alistair Carmichael said:

“Wanting a border between Scotland and England is literally the foundational policy of the SNP.

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Four CalMac vessels break down in three weeks

Responding to reports that four vessels on the CalMac ferry network have broken down in the space of three weeks, lead candidate for Highlands and Islands Alan Reid said:

"Scotland's ferry network is stuck in the past. Island and peninsula communities have been let down time and time again by SNP ministers who make big promises, stick around for a photo opportunity then vanish into the distance. 

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Rennie sets out “Doorstep Dossier” to win over disenchanted SNP voters

Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie has today used a campaign stop in Edinburgh to set out his party’s “Doorstep Dossier” which highlights a series of broken SNP promises designed to help activists to win over disenchanted SNP voters. 

The initiative is part of the Liberal Democrat campaign to put recovery first, and they say it contrasts with the negative track-record of the SNP Government.

The dossier highlights broken promises over 14 years which the Lib Dems say are “among the longest broken promises in the world”. 

  • Scrapping the council tax in 2007
  • Maximum class sizes of 18 
  • Ending the attainment gap 
  • A public power company 
  • Ending delayed discharge 
  • 12 Week Waiting Time Guarantees 

Willie Rennie said: 

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Carmichael: Alba leaflets can't fit Salmond's ego

Responding to reports that Alex Salmond is not mentioned on Alba party leaflets, Alistair Carmichael MP said:

"In ordinary circumstances you might think it would be hard to get a leaflet big enough for Alex Salmond's ego but he seems to have realised that most Scots know now exactly what kind of man he is.

"If Alex Salmond gets elected again, we can be sure that the Alex Salmond show will relocate from Russia Today to the Scottish Parliament.

 

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Carmichael: SNP plan for English border is "laughable and ludicrous"

Responding to Emma Harper, SNP MSP for South of Scotland saying that "jobs can be created if a border [between England and Scotland] is created", Scottish Liberal Democrat campaign chair Alistair Carmichael said:

 

"This is laughable and ludicrous from the SNP.

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After Super League collapse, PM must now act on slave labour World Cup

Following the collapse of the European Super League, sports spokesperson for the Liberal Democrats - Jamie Stone MP - has called on the Government to "speak out against slavery" on the World Cup due to be held in Qatar in 2022.

According to data compiled from India, Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka, 6500 migrant workers have died in Qatar since it won the right to host the World Cup 10 years ago. 

Several human rights organisations have raised concerns about Qatar's treatment of migrant workers who arrived in the country following the successful 2022 World Cup bid. There is consensus that the infrastructure supporting Qatar's world cup has relied on the practice of modern-day slavery, with little to no action from the Qatari Government and with minimal comment from the UK Government. 

After the Prime Minister waded in on news about the ESL, Mr Stone said:

"Fury over proposals for a European Super League has forced Boris Johnson to take action, but the League is just one example of how football has been hijacked by a privileged few.

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