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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: 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.

  • Article: Sep 25, 2015

    Scottish Liberal Democrats have warned that the SNP's legacy of college cuts has 'cast a long shadow' over the sector.

    A damning UNISON report published today has revealed that over six in 10 staff believe college services have declined as a result of SNP cuts. A staggering 90 percent of staff believe colleges are underfunded.

  • Article: Sep 25, 2015

    Commenting on Police Scotland's apology to the family of Mrs Janet McKay, after it emerged that information regarding a sighting of the woman had not been passed on, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie MSP said:

    "This is a terribly sad and agonising loss of an elderly mother. My sympathies are with Janet's family and friends. Dementia is a condition that takes so many people from us.

  • Article: Sep 24, 2015

    Tim Farron delivered his first speech to a Lib Dem Conference as leader of the party.

    In it he called on the millions of liberals in Britain to become Liberal Democrats and join the party.

    Full text of the speech

    When I was growing up my school didn't have a sixth form. I guess that's because most of us didn't do A levels. So I went to a separate sixth form college - Runshaw in Leyland - and, in my first week, I joined the Liberal Party.

  • Article: Sep 24, 2015

    Scottish Liberal Democrat MSP Jim Hume today said he was thrilled to have the support of a Holyrood Committee for his Bill that will protect children from the effects of second-hand smoke.

    The Health and Sport Committee of the Scottish Parliament found the propositions in the Smoking Prohibition (Children in Motor Vehicles) (Scotland) Bill to be "needed" and "necessary", in its Stage 1 report, published today.