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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 1, 2015

    Scottish Liberal Democrats has called on the Health Secretary to act after figures published today showed the number of consultant posts lying vacant has trebled over the past four years.

    Over 447.5 posts for specialists doctors were vacant in June 2015, compared to 127.9 in June 2011.

    Of these posts, 188 whole time equivalent were vacant for more than six months, an increase of 95.1 posts since June 2014.

  • Article: Sep 1, 2015

    Tim Farron has urged the Government to stop playing politics over the humanitarian crisis impacting on Europe and offer help to desperate refugees.Â

  • Article: Aug 31, 2015

    Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie MSP has today backed an agreement to act on climate change.

    The agreement, brokered by WWF Scotland, commits Scotland's parties to providing comprehensive plans to tackle climate change in their 2016 manifestos.

    Scottish Liberal Democrats have consistently nailed their green credentials to the mast, with 5 green laws featuring on the front pages of the party's Westminster manifesto.

  • Article: Aug 31, 2015

    Scottish Liberal Democrats are to seek to put democracy back into Scottish policing, it has been revealed today.

    Radical proposals to make the senior police chief in each of Scotland's 32 council areas accountable to the local authority, end one-size-fits-all policing, and reform the Scottish Police Authority will be debated at the party's Autumn Conference in October.

  • Article: Aug 27, 2015

    Tim Farron has urged Scotland's parties to embarrass the Tories into action on the Calais migrant crisis.

    On his first visit to Scotland as Liberal Democrat leader, Tim met with human rights organisations to establish what how the European migrant crisis is impacting Scotland and establish what political parties can do to ensure a better understanding of the plight of refugees.

  • Article: Aug 27, 2015

    Tim Farron has welcomed the appointment of new Liberal Democrat Peers to the House of Lords and their commitment to fight for reform of the second chamber.

    All of the newly-nominated Lib Dem Peers have confirmed that they have joined the House of Lords with the intention of abolishing appointments and introducing elections at the earliest opportunity.

  • Article: Aug 27, 2015

    Commenting on news that Chief Constable Stephen House is to step down, Scottish Lib Dem leader Willie Rennie said:

    "Decapitating the Chief Constable won't solve the deep rooted problems in Police Scotland. A new chief carrying on as if nothing is wrong will cement the problems rather than solve them.

    "The early resignation of Chief Constable Stephen House reveals the chaos at the heart of Police Scotland. Yet, this isn't about the job of one man at the top but recovering the fortunes of the wider police force which is in the doldrums.

  • Article: Aug 26, 2015

    Scottish Liberal Democrats have repeated calls to the Scottish Government to boost the number of Mental Health Officers in Scotland.

    A report published by the Scottish Social Services Council today revealed that the number of MHO's has fallen to its lowest level since 2005 decreasing to 657 in December 2014.

  • Article: Aug 26, 2015

    Scottish Liberal Democrat leader, Willie Rennie MSP, will today (Wednesday 26th) firmly position his party in the radical centre ground in advance of the 2016 Scottish Parliament elections.

    Speaking at an SCDI event in Aberdeen, Mr Rennie will warn that the need for a centre ground party has never been greater as the SNP and Labour veer further leftwards, and the Tories further rightwards.

  • Article: Aug 21, 2015

    Scottish Liberal Democrats have repeated their calls for an independent review of policing bodies Police Scotland and the Scottish Police Authority.

    It follows an unprecedented joint statement issued by the Chief Constable and the SPA chairman in which they defended the SNP Government's political decision to centralise Scotland's police service.