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  • Willie Rennie
    Article: Dec 11, 2017

    Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie MSP joined the other party leaders at Holyrood today in speaking out to welcome the formal apology and pardons for past prosecutions of gay and bisexual men that took place because of discriminatory laws.

    He said:

    Can I start by thanking the First Minister for making her statement and her apology on behalf of the Scottish Government. It is an important thing to do.

  • Article: Dec 11, 2017

    Liberal Democrat party leader Vince Cable MP has recorded this video for World AIDS Day 2017 with the National AIDS Trust's #LetsEndIt campaign.

    More information on this year's campaign here: www.worldaidsday.org

  • Article: Nov 20, 2017

    Today we mark Transgender Day of Remembrance. LGBT+ Lib Dems condemn all violence, but particularly and especially today the violence that takes so many innocent trans people from us before their time.

    It is the 20th year of TDoR this year, and LGBT+ LDs extend our love and sorrow to all the people on this year's list, their friends, families and loved ones, and the lists for all the previous 19 years too.

  • Party President Sal Brinton speaking on the Trans and Intersex Health motion in Bournemouth, 2015
    Article: Oct 26, 2017

    The Liberal Democrats are calling for equality law to be extended to include protections for intersex people. On 26th October, celebrated internationally as Intersex Awareness Day, the party's LGBT+ body has called for the Government to make intersex status a protected characteristic under equalities law.

  • Article: Oct 18, 2017

    Going to the dentist is something that many would want to avoid - but how about if you also faced a penalty fine? More than 40,000 people a year in England are getting fines of £100 - from an automated system that dentists say is hitting the most vulnerable.

    They warn that people such as dementia sufferers are unfairly getting caught up in a system meant to stop fraudsters from getting free treatment. The NHS accepts there is a problem with errors and is promising changes. The fines, about £4m per year, are being applied by a random screening process that checks on whether people going to the dentist are really eligible for free treatment.

  • Article: Oct 18, 2017

    French scientists say they may have found a potential cause of dyslexia which could be treatable, hidden in tiny cells in the human eye. In a small study they found that most dyslexics had dominant round spots in both eyes - rather than in just one - leading to blurring and confusion.

    UK experts said the research was "very exciting" and highlighted the link between vision and dyslexia. But they said not all dyslexics were likely to have the same problem. People with dyslexia have difficulties learning to read, spell or write despite normal intelligence. Often letters appear to move around and get in the wrong order and dyslexic people can have problems distinguishing left from right. Human beings have a dominant eye in the same way that people have a dominant left or right hand.

  • Article: Oct 18, 2017

    Liberal Democrat Scottish spokesperson Christine Jardine MP has today called for a pause in the roll out of Universal Credit. The Edinburgh West MP also called on Scottish Conservative MP's not to push a million children into poverty.

    In the commons debate Ms Jardine said:

    "This poorly thought out policy has created a slow motion car crash. People who are waiting for payments are at risk of losing their home and in risk of being put in serious debt that they will struggle to get out of.

  • Article: Oct 18, 2017

    Responding to a new report from the Mental Welfare Commission that calls on the Scottish Government to review the number of mental health beds available for children and young people, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP said:

    "The Scottish Government's recent mental health strategy, a blueprint for next ten years, has already been panned by experts for its lack of ambition and detail. This report highlights

  • Article: Oct 18, 2017

    Stephen Lloyd, the Department of Work and Pensions spokesperson, said of the announcement by the Prime Minister today, that claimants would no longer have to pay 55p minute when phoning the Universal Credit Hotline said

    "I welcome the government's change of heart, but it is no compensation to the those on the breadline who have already been fleeced. Given the mess of Universal Credit, this is likely to become the hotest hotline in Britain.

  • Article: Oct 18, 2017

    Liberal Democrat Chief Whip Alistair Carmichael last week secured an emergency debate in the Commons over whether the government is abusing the parliamentary process by ignoring opposition day motions.

    Alistair Carmichael MP commented:

    "This is another outrageous attempt to subvert our democracy and undermine Parliament's ability to hold the government to account.

    "The Conservatives should remember that contempt for Parliament is contempt for the people that elect it.

    "To simply ignore today's debate would be an insult to the millions of voters deeply worried about the disastrous roll-out of Universal Credit.

    "It is a sign of just how weak and divided this government has become that it is reduced to using every trick in the book to avoid scrutiny and debate."