• Article: Jun 19, 2018

    Responding to the news that Ineos has lost its legal challenge against the Scottish Government, Scottish Liberal Democrat energy spokesman Liam McArthur MSP said:

    "There will be relief that this legal challenge proved unsuccessful but communities at risk of being fracked will have been unimpressed to see Scottish Government spin laid bare.

  • Article: Jun 19, 2018

    Commenting on the annual homelessness statistics released today, showing the first increase in applications in nine years and a 9% increase in children in temporary accommodation, Scottish Liberal Democrat MSP Alex Cole-Hamilton said:

    "The SNP Government can't ignore the fact that the number of children in temporary accommodation has increased 59% since 2014. On any given day, there are now around 2,500 more children lacking the stability of a home to call their own. That is heartbreaking and the upset and disruption it causes can have a real impact on a child's development.

  • Article: Jun 19, 2018

    Scottish Liberal Democrat MP Christine Jardine has today called for medicinal cannabis products to be made available to those who need them as Home Secretary Sajid Javid today confirmed that the Government will review the scheduling of cannabis for medicinal use.

    Ms Jardine has been campaigning on behalf of her constituent Murray Gray, who is seeking access to cannabis based treatments for seizures. She has secured commitments from Nick Hurd MP, the Home Office Minister, to meet her to discuss the case.

  • Article: Jun 19, 2018

    Scottish Liberal Democrat MSP Tavish Scott had today called for private sector companies which deliver public sector services to be subject to Freedom of Information requests, saying that firms with a crucial role in supplying the basic infrastructure of the country must be accountable to the public.

  • Article: Jun 19, 2018

    Alistair Carmichael, MP for Orkney and Shetland, has today criticised both the Conservatives and the SNP for their approach to the Sewel Convention, as Scottish MPs debate devolution and EU withdrawal.

    Mr Carmichael said:

    "The Conservatives must accept that any shared framework cannot involve the UK Government simply dictating terms. It must be a shared process with joint buy in, and the burden of proof is on them to build trust and show how this might work. There is, however, also a burden on the SNP to put aside their political posturing and find a deal that works for Scotland rather than storming off in a huff.

  • Article: Jun 19, 2018

    Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP today said patients were being left in pain after new figures showed just half of patients were seen within the NHS physio waiting time target.

    Only 52.7% of the 67,176 patients who had a first clinical appointment with musculoskeletal (MSK) services during the quarter ending 31 March 2018 were seen within 4 weeks. The target is to achieve this for 90% of patients.