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  • Article: Aug 27, 2014

    Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie will tell an audience inWillie RennieWillie Rennie Edinburgh this evening that Scotland's global reputation would be trashed if the nationalists follow through on their threat of defaulting on Scotland's share of the UK debt.

    The remarks comes after Finance Secretary John Swinney confirmed that his party would default on an independent Scotland's share of UK debt if it did not get its way on a currency.

    Speaking at an event with leading members of the Edinburgh Asian community, Mr Rennie will say:

    "One of the first acts of a newly independent Scotland would be to tell the rest of the world we were defaulting on our debt. This would trash our global reputation before we'd have time to raise the saltire up the flagpole outside St. Andrews House.

    "You don't have to be an economics professor to know that refusing to pay your mortgage comes with consequences.

    "The price of the default will be high with the international markets refusing to trust an independent Scottish Government that it will repay future debts.

    "That is why I want Scotland to stay part of the UK, where we can share risk and reward across broader shoulders. This position is in stark contrast with the nationalists reckless passion for their independence plans.

    "Increasingly desperate nationalists are now resorting to idle threats that could cost Scotland dear. Their passion for their cause blinds them to the consequences of their position.

    "Refusing to take on an independent Scotland's share of the debt would look like and smell like a default. Those are not my words but the words of Crawford Beveridge, Alex Salmond's currency advisor.

    "We may not like it, but the powerful forces that are the international money markets would see John Swinney's refusal as a default. And with that comes consequences which the nationalists have not addressed.

    "If on day one of an independent Scotland Alex Salmond refused to shoulder our share of debt, the international markets would eat us alive. It would be families, employees and businesses across Scotland who would pay the price with higher mortgage bills, credit card payments and personal loan charges.

    "Only today, 130 businesses raised their concerns about the nationalists independence plans. 130 employers, who all play a significant role in driving our economy forward and creating jobs in fishing, mining, food, whisky and technology sectors. It would be foolish and reckless for the nationalists to brush off their concerns.

    "It would foolish for the nationalists to make an assumption that their position in government outranks the experience of 130 employers operating in Scotland as part of the UK. It would be reckless for the nationalists to seek out comfort in their own voices whilst the employers of hundreds of thousands of people across Scotland demand answers to unanswered questions in currency, tax and pensions.

    "Anything short of detailed answers from the nationalists on these crucial concerns about their plans can only spell bad news for employees and businesses."

  • Article: Aug 27, 2014

    Scottish Liberal Democrat Shetland MSP Tavish Scott has said that Tavish ScottTavish ScottNicola Sturgeon's independence promises to Shetland show that the nationalists do not understand local calls for more power.

    Speaking from his Shetland constituency today, Mr Scott said:

    "This shows that the SNP just don't get it. Islanders don't want more powers administered by a central belt, distant government. They want control over their own resources. The nationalists plans simply move power from London to Edinburgh. Liberal Democrats want home rule all round.

    "Islanders will be wary of centralising nationalists bearing gifts. Given that the SNP's power promises are conditional on a vote for their independence plans, Nicola Sturgeon's whistle stop tour from Edinburgh is a gun to the head - vote for us or else you get nothing. Islanders are not taken in and that is why Shetland will vote No Thanks in three weeks time."

  • Article: Aug 27, 2014

    Scottish Liberal Democrat Chief Secretary to the Treasury and HighlandsDanny AlexanderDanny Alexander MP Danny Alexander has said that a powerful intervention into the independence debate from a group of 130 employers demonstrates the lack of a credible economic case for the nationalists independence plans.

    An open letter signed by a group of 130 business leaders including Weir Group chief executive Keith Cochrane, Audrey Baxter of Baxters Food Group and Boyd Tunnock argued that remaining in the UK provides the best opportunities for jobs and growth.

    Commenting, Danny Alexander MP said:

    "This letter is from a large group of the very people who create the wealth and jobs that our prosperity depends on. The signatories run small and large firms in every part of Scotland, employing tens of thousands of people. I urge everyone in Scotland, particularly those who are still undecided on how to vote, to take the opinions of these wealth creators seriously.

    "They are crystal clear - the business case for independence has not been made and Scotland is thriving as part of the UK. This powerful intervention comes after the SNP's currency fiasco, fantasy oil revenues and extraordinary threat that an independent Scotland wouldn't pay its share of the UK's debts. There simply isn't one credible economic argument for independence. The Scottish economy is growing and creating jobs as part of the UK - Scottish business is right that we shouldn't put that at risk."

  • Article: Aug 27, 2014

    The latest leg of my visit to India has taken me to Mumbai where I have been able to spend time on a Bollywood set and have dinner with Sachin Tendulkar.

    However the highlight of my time here has been the opportunity to announce the institution of the Dadabhai Naoroji Awards which will be UK government awards for individuals who have made outstanding contributions to Anglo-Indian relations in the fields of commerce, culture and education. The ties between our two nations are broad and deep, and so I was very keen to be able to recognise them in this way.

  • Article: Aug 27, 2014

    After a fascinating first day our delegation left Delhi on an early morning flight to arrive in the hustle and bustle of India's financial capital Mumbai. Mumbai is famous for many things, but in particular for being the heart of India's world famous film industry - Bollywood!

    Our first stop today was a visit to a municipal school for underprivileged children in Lower Parel, one of Mumbai's less well-off suburbs. Muktangan is an incredibly inspiring NGO that has managed to turn an ordinary government school into a model of learning. Ed and I were greeted on arrival by the fantastic school choir were assembled to greet us and I got a chance to read to some of the children.

  • Article: Aug 27, 2014

    Liberal Democrat Scotland Secretary Alistair Carmichael has called on major supermarket chains to do their bit to support Motor Neurone Disease Scotland after taking the ice bucket challenge.

    After he was doused in iced sea water at Tingwall Pier in Orkney and donated to Motor Neurone Disease Scotland, Alistair nominated the supermarkets selling bags of ice to make a donation to the charity.

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    Article: Aug 27, 2014

    The Liberal Democrats have set out plans to introduce a trio of wealth taxes which will help to cut the deficit whilst ensuring fairness in our tax system.

    Manifesto plans to increase taxes on the wealthiest will go alongside a pledge to further cut Income Tax and reduce National Insurance.

    Commenting Liberal Democrat Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander said:

  • Article: Aug 27, 2014

    Northern Isles MP and Secretary of State for Scotland Alistair Carmichael has today called on major supermarket chains toAlistair CarmichaelAlistair Carmichael do their bit to support Motor Neurone Disease Scotland after taking the ice bucket challenge.

    Mr Carmichael was commenting after being doused in iced sea water at Tingwall Pier in Orkney and donating to Motor Neurone Disease Scotland. Mr Carmichael's ice bucket challenge video is now available to view on Youtube.

    Speaking after a hot cup of tea and a change of clothes, Mr Carmichael nominated supermarkets selling bags of ice to make a donation to the charity.

    Commenting, Mr Carmichael said:

    "People who are aware of Gordon Aikman's campaign to raise awareness and funds for Motor Neurone Disease Scotland cannot fail to be impressed by his bravery and enthusiasm in hugely challenging circumstances. I was delighted to take part in the ice bucket challenge and am pleased to report that the feeling has now returned to my fingers and toes.

    "Ice is not usually in short supply across the Northern Isles but the ice bucket challenge has seen something of a run on bags of ice in Orkney and Shetland recently.

    "I think that it is right that those profiting from these extra sales should give something back. I nominate the major supermarket chains to get involved and back this campaign."

    You can watch Mr Carmichael's ice bucket challenge video at http://bit.ly/1lvraNq.

  • Article: Aug 26, 2014

    Nick Clegg is leading a trade delegation in India with more than 40 British businesses, colleges and representatives of the aerospace industry to secure the incredible opportunities on offer.

    As part of his visit, Nick met with Prime Minister Narendra Modi to discuss a number of issues where there is a natural partnership between the UK and India, including education, business, climate change and economic growth.

  • Article: Aug 26, 2014

    During his visit to Mumbai, Liberal Democrat Leader and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg launched a new awards programme for individuals whose outstanding achievements have strengthened relations between the UK and India.

    The awards are dedicated to Dadabhai Naoroji, the first Asian MP in the UK.

    A Liberal MP for Finsbury Central from 1892-1895, Dadabhai Naoroji was also the man who first brought Indian business to the UK.