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Tim Farron - Leader of the Liberal DemocratsThe 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.

We champion the freedom, dignity and well-being of individuals, we acknowledge and respect their right to freedom of conscience and their right to develop their talents to the full. We aim to disperse power, to foster diversity and to nurture creativity.

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.

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  • Article: Oct 6, 2015

    Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesman Jim Hume MSP today said that more needs to be done to help Scots kick the habit as new figures showed just one health board met their smoking cessation targets last year.

    New statistics from ISD Scotland showed that NHS Shetland was the only health board to meet new smoking cessation HEAT targets in 2014-15.

  • Article: Oct 6, 2015

    Scottish Liberal Democrat MSP Liam McArthur today said that the Culture Secretary has serious questions to answer as it emerged that the company at the heart of a row over £150,000 in state aid for T in the Park reported record pre-tax profits last year.

    Accounts from DF Concerts showed a record pre-tax profit of £6.2 million in 2014.

  • Article: Oct 6, 2015

    Scottish Liberal Democrat energy spokesman Liam McArthur MSP today said new figures which reveal the UK wind industry supports 30,000 jobs show that Tory policies pose a clear and present danger to the renewables sector.

    Almost 75% of Renewable UK members polled for a new report thought the investment climate in the UK is less favourable now than it has been over the last 18 months. 90% of companies said Government policy was less favourable to renewables, compared to less than a quarter in 2011.

  • Article: Oct 6, 2015

    Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie MSP today challenged Scottish Tory leader Ruth Davidson to disown divisive rhetoric from Home Secretary of Theresa May over asylum and immigration.

    During a speech at the Conservative conference, Ms May argued for the introduction of new measures that could see individuals who have been granted asylum returned to their country of origin. She also dismissed the concerns of university and business groups over the potentially damaging impact of restrictive immigration controls on the economy.

  • Article: Sep 29, 2015

    Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Jim Hume MSP has issued a warning to the Health Secretary to ensure pressured health boards are equipped to meet A&E waiting times over the winter months.

    Weekly A&E waiting times published today showed a further decline in the number of patients being treated with the SNP Government's four hour target.

  • Article: Sep 29, 2015

    Scottish Liberal Democrat housing spokesperson Jim Hume MSP has blasted the SNP Government's inaction on social housing after figures published today showed an increase in the number of children housed in temporary accommodation.

    Between April and June this year, an additional 626 children were living in temporary accommodation, a 15 percent increase.
    Commenting, Mr Hume said:

  • Article: Sep 29, 2015

    Scottish Liberal Democrats have called for answers after the latest figures showed the Scottish Government continues to miss its own cancer treatment times in health boards across Scotland.

    Nearly one in ten patients, 92.1 percent, started treatment within 62 days of urgent referral with suspicion of cancer in the quarter ending June 2014. This compares to 91.1% in the previous quarter.

  • Article: Sep 29, 2015

    Scottish Liberal Democrats have urged the Health Secretary to address the root causes of a 9 percent increase in patient complaints about the NHS.

    In a statement today, the Health Secretary failed to acknowledge the severe pressure faced by health boards in Scotland as they treat more patients with fewer staff.

  • Article: Sep 29, 2015

    Scottish Liberal Democrats have blasted the Culture Secretary over 'flimsy' evidence to the Education and Culture Committee over a £150,000 of state aid granted to a profitable music festival.

    During the committee evidence session today the Culture Secretary failed to address the substantive questions posed by committee members over why the DF concerts received state aid, what it was used for by the company and whether any of it went to the former SNP aide who brokered the deal.

  • Article: Sep 29, 2015

    Following an 18-month campaign by the Scottish Liberal Democrats, the Justice Committee today backed plans for the abolition of so-called consensual stop and search and the introduction of a code of practice for statutory searches.

    Alison McInnes MSP today received the support of the Justice Committee for an amendment which will ensure consensual stop and search becomes illegal within one year.