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  • Article: Jul 15, 2020
    By Stuart Smith

    The next Scottish Parliament election on 6 May 2021 will be a major test for the Scottish Liberal Democrats. With some recent polls suggesting increased support for Scotland leaving the United Kingdom the stakes could not be higher.

    We opposed Brexit and oppose Scotland leaving the United Kingdom. Another independence referendum would be a massive distraction from sorting out the problems Scotland faces.

  • Article: Jun 26, 2020

    It's been a month since the murder of George Floyd. His death has sparked a global conversation about the discrimination faced by black people every day.

    Other times, you struggle to find words to explain the deep hurt, so you stay silent.

    Black women have had to deal with both gender and racial discrimination all their lives. To us, the current discussion is nothing new; it is our everyday experience, often only discussed when amongst your black friends. These forums are where we talk about the constant policing and judgement of everything from our hair, our clothes, our body and of course, the tone of our voice. Dealing with microaggressions (covert, subtle slights which demean, belittle and ridicule marginalised groups) is normal for us. The list is endless; from being mistaken for another black woman at work and at Party Conference, to being told "you're pretty... for a dark-skinned woman" or that you should stand for election in a posh area because "you speak quite well".

  • Article: May 23, 2020

    The latest Immigration Statistics, published this morning, show that 51,906 people are waiting for an initial decision on their asylum claims, an increase of 33% since last year. 31,516 have been waiting for more than six months, a 68% increase.

    People who've come to the UK having fled war or persecution should welcomed, not trapped for months on just £5.39 a day

  • Article: May 22, 2020
    By Stuart Smith

    No, I don't believe the world should 'go back to normal' That's what has got us into this place in the first place. We should take the opportunity to reset things. I believe in transforming our economy and way of life to support and enable a just, fair, transition to a sustainable, circular economy.

  • Article: May 13, 2020

    Scottish Liberal Democrat constitutional affairs spokesperson Wendy Chamberlain MP recently marked the first meeting of the new Scottish Affairs committee by calling for it to be a forum for scrutiny and reform and pressing for constructive relations between the UK and Scottish Governments.

    The formation of the committee was previously delayed due to a dispute between the Conservatives and SNP over the membership of the committee.

  • Article: May 12, 2020

    The sudden change from the Prime Minister to abandon the stay at home message and to encourage people to go to work needs a full explanation if the public are to trust and follow him. We need to see the evidence and hear from the scientists as to what has changed.

    The route map to gradually release the lockdown has some merit but the milestones need further scrutiny. There is a lack of detail on what the changes mean.

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