• Article: Sep 18, 2018

    Speaking after the debate on bank closures, North East MSP Mike Rumbles said:

    "People in rural and remote communities deserve and depend on access to face-to-face reliable banking. Losing local branches has been devastating.

    "The Scottish and UK governments have had years to get to grips with this issue and have done nothing. This is a genuine opportunity to put their differences aside and protect the essentials on Scottish highstreets.

  • Article: Sep 18, 2018

    Responding to the publication of the UK Migration Advisory Committee report, EEA migration in the UK, Scottish Liberal Democrat Leader Willie Rennie said:

    "Scotland faces the twin challenges of an ageing population and key worker shortages. But these problems are not unique to us. Areas of England, Wales and Northern Ireland share our population trends and need for agricultural workers, NHS and social care staff.

  • Article: Sep 18, 2018

    Speaking ahead of the Holyrood vote tomorrow on scrapping national tests for P1 children, Scottish Liberal Democrat education spokesperson Tavish Scott MSP said:

    "Are the First Minister and Deputy First Minister going to listen to teachers and parents or not?

    "Teachers unequivocal message is that testing 5 year old girls and boys tells them nothing they do not already know.

  • Article: Sep 18, 2018

    Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP today said patients' recovery is being held back after new figures showed that fewer than 50% of patients are now being seen within the NHS physio waiting time target.

    During the quarter ending June 2018 only 49.9% of the 81,762 patients who had a first clinical appointment with musculoskeletal services were seen within 4 weeks. The target is to achieve this for 90% of patients.

  • Article: Sep 18, 2018

    Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has criticised the Scottish Government for failing to tackle "unacceptable" A&E waits as new statistics reveal waiting time performance has dropped back below 90% for the first time since April.

    Official figures released today show performance against the 4-hour waiting time target sits at 89.6%. The Scottish Government's target is 95%. This has not been achieved since July 2017.

  • Article: Sep 17, 2018

    Gina Miller's Speech

    Gina Miller delivered an impassioned speech on the need to continue with a unified fight against Brexit.

    Let's be clear, in the debate we had in 2016 about Europe, there was scant idealism. Lies were told.

    Miller called on people to put the national interest ahead of political divisions: