Unemployment: Refusal to extend furlough cost thousands of jobs

Responding to new ONS unemployment figures, showing the unemployment rate has risen to 5.1%, Edinburgh West MP and Liberal Democrats Treasury Spokesperson Christine Jardine MP said:

"Behind each number in today's statistic is a family worrying how they will pay their bills, and hoping that next week the Chancellor will offer a big, bold innovative plan that will help them get their lives, and their family's future, back on course. 

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Council must reverse “inexcusable” Edinburgh school budget cuts, say Lib Dems

Cuts to school budgets in Edinburgh have been blasted as “inexcusable” and risk harming pupils at a time of crisis in education, the Liberal Democrats have warned.

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Holyrood backs Lib Dems and declares a mental health crisis

The Scottish Parliament has officially backed Edinburgh Western MSP Alex Cole-Hamilton's calls to focus on bettering the nation's mental health by 65 to 58.

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Lib Dems propose increased school funding in face of SNP/Labour cuts

Thanks to the SNP/Labour coalition that runs that runs our city, from April Edinburgh Schools will be hit hard by cuts to devolved school budgets whilst pavements, cycleways and roads continue to deteriorate.

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Lib Dems unveil progressive, fully-costed Council budget that Puts Recovery First

As Edinburgh Council’s 2021/22 budget is being decided tomorrow, our Councillors have proposed a Budget that improves parks, pavements and school budgets and puts recovery first.

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Lib Dems to bring Parliament vote on radical reform of SQA and Education Scotland

Scottish Liberal Democrats will on Wednesday ask Parliament to vote to break up Education Scotland and radically reform the SQA.

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Cole-Hamilton secures early adoption of children’s rights rules in Scots law.


Key rights for Scottish children will become law early after the Scottish Parliament supported Edinburgh Western MSP Alex Cole-Hamilton’s amendment to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (Incorporation) (Scotland) Bill.

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Wardie Bay needs water checks

The Liberal Democrats have joined calls for the increasingly popular Wardie Bay, situated between Granton and Newhaven harbours, to be included in regular water quality testing.

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New figures show Edinburgh residents waiting weeks for empty grit bins to be refilled

New figures uncovered by the Liberal Democrats show that residents across Edinburgh have been left waiting for weeks to have local grit bins refilled during the recent wintry weather.

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The Future of Edinburgh’s Eye Pavilion

Edinburgh Southern candidate Fred Mackintosh is concerned about the future of the Edinburgh Eye Pavilion.

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