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The Liberal Democrats exist to build and safeguard a fair, free and open society, in which we seek to balance the fundamental values of liberty, equality and community, and in which no one shall be enslaved by poverty, ignorance or conformity.

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We believe that the role of the state is to enable all citizens to attain these ideals, to contribute fully to their communities and to take part in the decisions which affect their lives.

We believe the UK is better off in the EU, and we will fight the next election on a clear and unequivocal promise to restore British prosperity and role in the world, with the United Kingdom in the European Union, not out.

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  • Article: Jul 27, 2016

    Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesman Liam McArthur MSP today said that police centralisation has made it more difficult for officers and staff to build links with the communities they serve.

    Mr McArthur was speaking as a new survey showed that almost half of people who had contacted police in the last year were dissatisfied with the response they got. Police Scotland's "Your View Counts" survey also found that more than half of those surveyed were unaware that they had a local policing team.

  • Article: Jul 27, 2016

    Scottish Liberal Democrat transport spokesman Mike Rumbles MSP today revealed the most dangerous trunk roads in Scotland as new figures showed that serious and fatal accidents on roads managed directly by the Scottish Government have increased year on year since 2013.

    The five most dangerous trunk roads in Scotland are the A90, the A9, the A96, A82 and the A85.

  • Article: Jul 27, 2016

    Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesman, Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP today said staffing problems in the NHS seem to be getting worse, not better as new figures showed more than £20 million was paid in overtime to consultants in 2015/16.

    Commenting on the figures, which represent a £6 million increase on 2013/14 figures, the Chair of BMA Scotland said a shortage of consultants was the issue and highlighted staffing problems in other parts of the NHS. Speaking to the BBC, Dr Peter Bennie said:

  • Article: Jul 27, 2016

    Liberal Democrat European Union spokesperson and former Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has launched the first briefing paper of his Brexit Challenge project, which analyses the options facing the Government if it intends for Britain to retain significant access to the Single Market.

    While Single Market access is essential to the British economy, and retaining access remains the best of a series of bad options for the economy post-Brexit, it comes with significant challenges and trade-offs. The analysis shows that even if the Government were able to achieve concessions on freedom of movement, seeking to retain significant access to the Single Market would still mean adherence to its rules and regulations, while not having any control or influence over them. It also concludes that the biggest benefit of Single Market access is the removal of non-tariff barriers, such as shared rules and harmonised standards, as opposed to tariffs.

  • Article: Jul 26, 2016

    Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesman Liam McArthur MSP today called for an urgent review of the regulation of Scottish Limited Partnerships (SLPs) after it was revealed the controversial business model was at the heart of a Ukrainian probe into organised crime arm exports.

    These revelations follow reports that SLPs are being marketed as tax avoidance vehicles in Eastern Europe. SLPs, which were first established in a century-old element of Scots company law, are not required to register for tax or provide full financial reports in Scotland.

  • Article: Jul 26, 2016

    Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesman Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP today said Ministers must work with health boards to boost early cancer detection rates as new figures revealed a flagship target has been missed.

    In 2012, the Scottish Government announced a four year Detect Cancer Early plan with a target to increase the proportion of people diagnosed with stage 1 breast, colorectal and lung cancer by 25% by 2015, compared to the 2010-11 baseline.

  • Article: Jul 26, 2016

    Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesman Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP today warned Ministers need to get a grip on the integration of health and social care services after last month saw an increase in the number of patients kept in hospital after they were clinically ready to be discharged.

    Delayed discharge statistics showed that in June 2016, 457 patients were kept in hospital more than two weeks longer than necessary. 175 patients were kept in hospital more than six weeks after there was no clinical need for them to remain as inpatients.

  • Article: Jul 25, 2016

    Scottish Liberal Democrat MSP Mike Rumbles today warned the First Minister against setting up EU strawmen to pave the way for a second referendum on independence for Scotland.

    Speaking as the First Minister made a speech on Scotland and the EU in Edinburgh, Mr Rumbles said that Nicola Sturgeon must honour her commitment to work in good faith with people across the UK to get the best deal for Scotland and the rest of the country.

  • Article: Jul 25, 2016

    Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesman Liam McArthur MSP today said Scotland's new Surveillance Commissioner must protect the freedom of journalists and others who have had their communications data accessed unlawfully.

    Mr McArthur was speaking after answers to Lib Dem parliamentary questions revealed that senior judge Lord Bracadale has been appointed as as the Surveillance Commissioner for Scotland.

  • Article: Jul 25, 2016

    Scottish Liberal Democrats have today called on councils to ensure that homophobic bullying is recorded accurately as new figures showed nearly half of local authorities do not hold records on incidents of homophobia in schools.

    Freedom of Information requests by the Liberal Democrats found that 14 of the councils responding do not record information on homophobic, transphobic or bi-phobic incidents or were unable to provide data on request.