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  • Article: Apr 23, 2014

    Vince Cable has issued a warning to Britain's top companies that they need to crack down on bonuses in order to rebuild trust.

    The Business Secretary has written to the FTSE 100 members to remind them about the damage that big pay awards can have on their public image. He said pay levels at banks had been "ridiculous", which comes at a time when Barclays prepares to meet with it's shareholders this Thursday. Barclays came under fire earlier this year when it put £2.5 billion into its bonus pot, despite its dip in profits.

  • Article: Apr 23, 2014

    Vince Cable has announced £133 million of new investment into projects that will put Formula One technology into buses and diggers, developing the next generation of engines. These projects will provide both economic and environmental benefits.

    Investment will go into the research and development into technologies for the vehicles of the future. This has the potential to secure up to 30,000 jobs currently linked to producing engines and it will create many more in the supply chain.

  • Article: Apr 22, 2014

    The power outage at Knocknagael substation that led to a power Liam McArthurLiam McArthur'blackout' across much of the Highlands & Islands last week was discussed in the Scottish Parliament earlier this afternoon.

    The Finance Secretary, John Swinney came to the Chamber to answer questions from MSPs from across the region, concerned at what had happened and the impact on their constituents.

    Orkney's MSP Liam McArthur took part in the exchanges at Topical Questions, and commented afterwards:

    "The Finance Secretary accepted that delays in restoring power to customers in Orkney took longer than elsewhere. He insisted, however, that lessons had been learned and that steps were being taken to avoid any repeat of such problems in the future.

    "It was also helpful to understand the safeguards in place to help meet the needs of more vulnerable members of communities across the Highlands & Islands. While blackouts can cause inconvenience for many, they can present real risks to the elderly and infirm. Mr Swinney was able to reassure MSPs that SSE had worked closely with the emergency services, as well as those involved in health and social care, to minimise any such risks.

    "While preventing all future blackouts may be impossible, it is important that systems are made as resilient as possible and that response procedures are improved where appropriate. In that sense, Mr Swinney's comments to parliament this afternoon offer some hope that this is happening".

  • Article: Apr 22, 2014

    Today Ed Davey has published an article announcing that the Energy Bill that he has been driving through Parliament is now law. After Labour's legacy of underinvestment in the energy sector, the Liberal Democrats have been working to increase green energy, whilst making sure that consumers are protected.

  • Article: Apr 22, 2014

    Today, the Government has announced their economic plan to build a stronger economy. These plans will help to create jobs and improve businesses by improving infrastructure.

    More than 200 projects in rail, road, local transport, food defences, broadband, airport infrastructure and waste management are to start construction this year and next year. These projects could support 150,000 jobs across the country in construction and thousands more in other sectors following completion.

  • Article: Apr 22, 2014

    Today Ukip have published billboards designed to scare people about the impact that being in Europe has on immigration.

    The Liberal Democrats believe that it is right to tackle concerns about immigration, but spreading fear and bogus claims is not the answer.

    Instead, we are working to deliver better immigration checks and more job opportunities. That's why we have created 1.6 million apprenticeships, helping young people in Britain find work.

  • Article: Apr 22, 2014

    Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson and MSP for the NorthAlison McInnesAlison McInnes East Alison McInnes has today said a petition put to a Holyrood committee shows the extent to which people feel let down by the SNP's police and fire centralisation plans.

    A former police control room worker, and an Inverness resident put forward a petition to the Public Petition's Committee calling for a review of a decision to close police and fire control rooms north of Dundee. The petition will now be considered by the Justice Committee and the Justice Sub-Committee on Policing, of which Ms McInnes is a member.

    Commenting on the petition, Ms McInnes said:

    "This petition shows the clear extent to which people in the North East and Highlands and Islands feel let down by the closures caused by the SNP's centralisation plans. Scottish Liberal Democrats share concerns that the closure of police and fire control rooms, and frontline police counters, represents a damaging loss of local knowledge.

    "From Aberdeen and Montrose to Durness and Portree, decades of local policing is being replaced by a one-size-fits-all faceless organisation. As a member of the justice committee I will be doing my utmost to ensure the justice secretary pays heed to these local voices."

  • Article: Apr 22, 2014

    This Easter weekend, Nick Clegg wrote an article in the Guardian to outline why Britain is better off IN Europe.

    With 22 May approaching, it is Ukip's goal to propel Britain closer to the door. Nick points out that this risks us drifting away from our biggest export market and jeopardising our still fragile economic recovery, as well as threatening millions of jobs.

  • Article: Apr 21, 2014

    North East Liberal Democrat politicians are calling on the Scottish Government to stop dithering and to get shovels in the ground to build a much-needed flyover on the A90 at Laurencekirk.

    Sir Robert Smith, MP for West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine, met NorthSir Robert SmithSir Robert Smith East MSP Alison McInnes and councillors David May and Peter Bellarby at the blackspot.

    The campaign for a flyover - or an underpass - has met resistance from the Scottish Government for years. On Thursday campaigners will be taken their protest outside the Scottish Parliament to call on MSPs to back them.

    Sir Robert commented: "The North East is the powerhouse of Scotland's economy, yet the Scottish Government has failed to invest in key transport projects such as this junction.

    "For many years now the local community have made the case for a safer junction. The fact that the current junction needs a 50mph limit goes to show that it is no longer suitable. Meanwhile the Scottish Government is investing in a new rail link between Edinburgh and Glasgow. It is time they stopped neglecting the North East."

    Mrs McInnes said: "The Transport Minister is on record stating that aAlison McInnes MSPAlison McInnes MSP grade separated junction will have to be funded by developers. But a grade separated junction is needed now to address the existing safety issues. Although the 50mph zone has reduced the risk, there still are drivers who do not heed or see the warning signs and drive at 70mph - or more.

    "Developers should only have to fund new junctions when their development is the cause of extra traffic which necessitates a flyover or underpass.

    "The Scottish Government should accept its responsibilities and commit to a flyover or underpass now. This is not some airy-fairy political argument. It is about people's lives."

  • Article: Apr 21, 2014

    Scottish Liberal Democrat MEP George Lyon today said the best way toGeorge LyonGeorge Lyon protect the special treatment Scotland gets at the EU because of the UK is to remain part of the UK family.

    Mr Lyon was speaking following reports that a new paper from the European Movement group suggested the SNP government should consider delaying the date of Scottish independence in the event of a Yes vote because of potential difficulties during talks at the EU.

    The report warns that the 18 month period set out by the SNP would be vulnerable to delaying tactics from other member states. The EU membership terms for an independent Scotland would have to be signed off by every one of the other EU member states.

    Recent accession negotiations for new EU states have taken between 8 and 14 years.

    Commenting, Mr Lyon said:

    "As part of the UK, Scotland benefits at the EU from things like a share of the big UK budget rebate, key opt-outs on the Euro and control over our borders. People would not want to see this special treatment frittered away as the cost of securing a quick settlement in Brussels in the event of a yes vote.

    "The best way to protect the positive benefits Scotland gets at the EU because of the UK is to remain part of the UK family. The fact is that in the event of a yes vote Scotland would face the prospect of rejoining the EU on worse terms than we enjoy at present.

    "The European Movement have no particular referendum axe to grind and they are simply restating what many experts have already told us: that the SNP's independence timetable in the event of a vote to leave the UK is not realistic."