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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.

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  • 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.

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    Article: Aug 19, 2015

    Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron has written to Theresa May to urge her to address the humanitarian crisis in Calais at her upcoming meeting with French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve.

    Tim Farron visited the Jules Ferry migrant support centre in Calais earlier this month to meet with refugees and organisations working in the area. He is calling for there to be more support and funding to tackle the lack of water, sanitation and medical supplies in the area.

  • Article: Aug 18, 2015

    Scottish Liberal Democrats leader Willie Rennie has slammed the Justice Secretary for refusing to open up a wider inquiry into the operations of Police Scotland.

    Following the tragic M9 crash last month, where Police Scotland failed to respond to a fatal incident for three days, Mr Rennie said an inquiry was required into the whole of Police Scotland rather than limiting it to police control rooms.

  • Article: Aug 18, 2015

    Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Jim Hume MSP raised a warning flag today about a potential crisis and overwhelming of the healthcare system in detecting and treating cancer within the next ten years.

    Figures released today by Information Division Scotland (ISD) projected a rise by 33% in the number of new cases of cancer (excluding non-melanoma skin cancer) between 2023-2027, due mainly to Scotland's ageing population.

  • Article: Aug 18, 2015

    Scottish Liberal Democrats have blasted attempts by the SNP Government to blame junior doctors for a slip in performance against A&E waiting times.

    Figures published by ISD Scotland showed that 94.5 percent of patients were treated within four hours in A&E units during the week ending August 9th. This falls below the 95 percent met in previous weeks by health boards.