Crude cap will disadvantage Scottish universities

Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie and education spokesperson Beatrice Wishart have called on the UK Government to abandon proposals to apply limits to the number of English students who can be recruited by Scottish universities for 2020.

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Ferries agency attempted to cow witness with legal action threats

Scottish Liberal Democrat transport spokesperson Mike Rumbles MSP has today called for the government to condemn the actions of CMAL after the agency attempted to use legal measures to get a parliamentary committee witness to withdraw claims that the award of a ferry contract to the Fergusons shipyard was down to incompetence, vested interests or corruption.

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Rennie calls for investment in Scottish economy and green recovery

Responding to the Scottish Government's call for increased funding to stave off public service cuts, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie said:

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McArthur brands NHS Orkney's Chief Exec's position "untenable"

In response to news that NHS Orkney Chief Executive Designate, Iain Stewart made a visit to Glasgow for personal reasons during the early stages of lockdown, Orkney’s MSP Liam McArthur has called for Mr Stewart to go or be removed.

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Vote to be held on closing the "one rule for politicians" safeguarding loophole

Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has today said "it can't be one rule for politicians and another rule for everyone else" as he put forward fresh proposals for experts to examine how basic safeguarding procedures could be applied to positions of power, preventing people who haven't been vetted having unsupervised contact with children and vulnerable adults.

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First Minister u-turns on local test data

Orkney’s MSP Liam McArthur has criticised the First Minister for ‘backtracking’ over the publication of local testing data.

In recent weeks, Mr McArthur has been pushing for the Scottish Government to release local testing data, arguing that this is necessary to build public confidence and ensure compliance as restrictions start to be lifted.

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125 hospital virus cases outside COVID wards

Commenting on new information from the Scottish Government confirming that in the period up to 3 June, Health Boards reported to Health Protection Scotland (HPS) a total of 125 incidents involving COVID-19 cases outside the COVID-19 wards, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie said:

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Government U-Turn victory for some, but not for Stone

Today the Government has announced a U-Turn on their 'physical voting' policy, which would have disenfranchised many MPs who are shielding or have caring responsibilities. However, the wording of 'Proxy Voting Standing Order' continues to exclude carers of disabled adults - Far North MP, Jamie Stone - is the only MP in that category. 

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Rennie seeks update on Scotland’s antibody tests

Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie has today called on the Health Secretary to set out details of the Scottish Government’s intended use of and supplies of antibody tests and clarify what role she expects the tests to play in getting the country “back up and running”.

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Cole-Hamilton: Government needs to offer clarity on its approach to asymptomatic testing

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has today written to the Health Secretary, Jeane Freeman, urging her to publish the scientific advice which informed the government's approach to asymptomatic transmission in care homes and called on her to clarify her comments on the value of testing asymptomatic individuals.

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