• Article: Jun 21, 2018

    Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie has today called for an end to national standardised testing as Nicola Sturgeon opened up the door to a u-turn over the controversial testing policy at First Minister's Questions.

    Speaking after First Minister's Questions, Mr Rennie said:

    "The Scottish Government got rid of the Scottish Survey of Literacy and Numeracy because it showed years of decline and replaced it with tests on pupils as young as five.

  • Article: Jun 20, 2018

    Responding to the publication of the Scottish Government's Tobacco-control action plan, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP said:

    "Scottish Liberal Democrats introduced the smoking ban in Scotland, providing a major boost to public health and recognising that helping people to stop smoking is a win-win situation.

  • Article: Jun 20, 2018

    Scottish Liberal Democrat education spokesperson Tavish Scott MSP has today highlighted the growing attainment gap in Scotland's colleges and the impending £360m repair bill as he called for new investment to repair Scotland's colleges.

    The Auditor General's annual report on Scotland's colleges reveals:

  • Article: Jun 20, 2018

    On the day that a Westminster Hall debate on intergovernmental cooperation takes place, Liberal Democrat Scottish Affairs spokesperson Jamie Stone MP has written to the Speaker of the House of Commons and the Presiding Officer of the Scottish Parliament suggesting that a backbench cross-party liaison committee consisting of MPs and MSPs be established.

  • Article: Jun 20, 2018

    Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie has today said the Scottish Government must extend freedom of information laws to private bodies providing public services, after it agreed to consult on proposals put forward by the Scottish Liberal Democrats to expand its scope.

    Scottish Liberal Democrats have been calling for the measures as part of a package of reforms designed to boost transparency and accountability in the wake of the Scottish Information Commissioner's stern rebuke of the Scottish Government secretive approach to governance.

  • Article: Jun 20, 2018

    Questioning the Cabinet Secretary after his statement on the future of Scottish agricultural support, Scottish Liberal Democrat rural affairs spokesperson Mike Rumbles MSP said:

    "Eighteen months ago the Scottish Parliament unanimously, on a Liberal Democrat amendment, told the Cabinet Secretary to start this process.