• Article: Nov 5, 2018

    Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP today revealed that children waited up to two years for the mental health treatment they need in 2017/18, describing the new figures as "dreadful".

    New statistics acquired by the party through freedom of information requests have shown Ayrshire and Arran, Fife, Grampian, Highland, Lothian all recorded cases of children waiting over a year for CAMHS before being treated in 2017/18.

  • Article: Nov 5, 2018

    Responding to the announcement that more Commonwealth soldiers will be able to join the Armed Forces without living in the UK first, Defence Spokesperson Menzies Campbell said:

    "Soldiers from around the Commonwealth have played a crucial role in our military history, particularly during the two world wars. We should celebrate their service and encourage more to follow their example.

  • Article: Nov 5, 2018

    Responding to reports that another of ScotRail's new Hitachi 385 trains broke down this morning, causing travel chaos and a backlash to ScotRail's announcement that two more of the trains entered service today, Scottish Liberal Democrat transport spokesperson Mike Rumbles MSP said:

    "Commuters are looking on in bafflement.

  • Article: Nov 2, 2018

    North East MSP and Scottish Liberal Democrat transport spokesperson Mike Rumbles has demanded to know which minister was responsible for signing off the contract for the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route, after the Scottish Government announced yesterday that a 31.5km of completed road between Cairbstone and Stonehaven cannot be opened because of an agreement with the contractor.

  • Article: Nov 2, 2018

    Scottish Liberal Democrat transport spokesperson Mike Rumbles has today pressed the First Minister over ScotRail's performance falling to its lowest level since the current franchise began and the news that unrefurbished trains will be dumping waste on to the tracks triggering an outcry from rail unions.

  • Article: Nov 1, 2018

    Responding to the Scottish Government's statement on delays to the opening of sections of the AWPR, Scottish Liberal Democrat transport spokesperson Mike Rumbles MSP said:

    "The Scottish Government has made a mess of this contract and now miles of completed bypass are going to be sitting empty.

    "Ministers need to take responsibility and stop blaming contractors, the weather or public safety concerns, when the road is physically ready to go.

  • Article: Nov 1, 2018

    Scottish Liberal Democrat education spokesperson Tavish Scott has today warned that the burden on headteachers is "soaring" as new figures showed that the number of schools with shared headships has risen by two thirds since 2010.

    The Headteacher Recruitment Working Group Report concluded:

    • Head teacher recruitment is a "serious concern"
    • 412 (FTE) teachers hold the standard for headship but are not in headteacher roles
    • There are 151 more primary schools with shared headteachers from 2010 to 2017.
    • Headteachers now work an average of 55.3 hours per week.
    • Headteachers are not being paid enough for the work they are doing, especially those who serve as headteacher for more than one school.
  • Article: Nov 1, 2018

    Responding to the publication of the Scottish Government's Strategic Environmental Assessment on fracking for consultation, Scottish Liberal Democrat energy spokesperson Liam McArthur MSP said:

    "Last year, Nicola Sturgeon told Parliament "fracking is being banned in Scotland, end of story". Within months the Court of Session ruled that there wasn't an effective ban in place and ministers extended a fracking license.

  • Article: Nov 1, 2018

    North East MSP and Scottish Liberal Democrat Transport Spokesperson Mike Rumbles has called on the Scottish Government to implement a long-term plan of investment for ferry services, providing transport security for island communities for decades to come.

    During an opposition day debate in the Scottish Parliament today, Mr Rumbles highlighted the potential dangers of an aging fleet and the snowballing cost of planned and unplanned maintenance.

  • Article: Oct 31, 2018

    Responding to comments from Pete Wishart MP on a People's Vote, Scottish Liberal Democrat Europe spokesperson Tavish Scott MSP said:

    "The First Minister said SNP support for a People's Vote was "unequivocal". Her colleagues ought to be backing the campaign, not throwing up more roadblocks."