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Yesterday, Sir John Chilcot finally published his report on the Iraq War.
Seven years in the making, the report is more than 2.3 million words, over 12 volumes.
The report looked into every aspect of the Iraq War, from the decision to go to war, the war itself and the war’s horrific aftermath.
The conclusions are damning.
Speaking in response to the long-awaited publication of the Chilcot Report, Leader of the Scottish Liberal Democrats, Willie Rennie MSP said, “This thorough report shines a bright light on this dark period of our country’s impact on the world. With the praise from victims’ families, Sir John Chilcot shows the utter failure of Tony Blair’s government in decision making, preparation and execution of the Iraq War.
Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie MSP today urged the new Lord Advocate to move forwards quickly with a Fatal Accident Inquiry (FAI) into the tragic crash on the M9 last year.
Scottish Liberal Democrats have punched above our weight over the last five years at the Scottish Parliament and the team announced today will help ensure that we continue to lead the agenda.
Our party is full of talented people and I am delighted that…
This extremely bare Queen’s Speech is all about managing the divisions within the Conservative Party and very little to do with meeting the challenges facing our country.
Twelve months after a winning a general election where they promised to focus on the economy and public finances, David Cameron’s government is already running out of steam. This Queen’s speech ignored the big challenges we face on education, housing, investment, skills, and the environment.
One of the biggest scandals of the last couple of years has been the ongoing saga of delays to a new computer system that is supposed to ensure that farmers receive crucial EU payments on time.
Deadlines have been missed and missed again. The budget has ballooned by more than £70 million. And at the end of it all, we still don’t know whether we will have a working system by the EU deadline at the end of June. Farmers across Scotland are yet to get the money they are owed.
Farmers across Scotland are yet to get the money they are owed.
Earlier in the campaign I was film some short clips for BBC Scotland on some of the big choices that Scotland is facing at this election.
In March Nicola Sturgeon signed a deal with two Chinese companies that could be worth up to £10bn. But she didn’t tell anyone about it.
This is unusual. The SNP government usually would put out a press release about the opening of an envelope. But days after the deal was signed, the top news stories on the government website were on changes to dog fouling fines and an update on the Scottish beaver population.
Soon afterwards, newspaper reports linked one of the firms involved with corruption and human rights abuses. Now the Scottish Government say they won’t publish correspondence on the controversial agreement until after the election.
People are asking “what else does Nicola Sturgeon has to hide?”
As the Holyrood elections get closer and closer, I have become increasingly bemused that Ruth Davidson and others have sought to claim that the Conservatives are somehow the authentic opposition to the SNP.
It jars starkly with my experience when gover…
If you’re voting for the first time in a Holyrood election, this is what you need to know:
Scotland has some of the best green targets in the world but the hard truth is that they have been missed for the last four years. This needs to change.
If Scotland is going to be the best again we need to start meeting our climate change goals.
In the next few days, postal votes will be landing on doormats across Scotland. Here’s a quick & easy guide on how to complete yours:
This morning I joined some of our candidates and their children to launch our manifesto for the 2016 election.
The title of the manifesto is “Be the best again”. That is our ambition for Scotland.
In the next few days, postal votes will start arriving for the Scottish elections. Here’s what you need to know before they do:
The saga over a £10bn Memorandum of Understanding between the Scottish Government and two Chinese construction giant has grown murkier and murkier by the day.
First – the deal wasn’t announced to the Scottish Press, only in China. That was revealed on Sunday and Willie took the Transport Minister to task about it on Monday’s Scotland 2016: