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Best of the rest at conference

Labour has been accused of not living up to the values of the party's late leader Michael Foot, at the Scottish Liberal Democrat conference.

Liberal Democrat MP Michael Moore said the former Labour leader, who died earlier this week, had given the party a "great legacy in values".

But he told delegates in Perth said the gap between the richest and poorest had grown since Labour came to power.

Mr Moore, MP for Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk, said: "Michael Foot gave Labour a great legacy in values, if not in political achievement.

"Labour ought to reflect that, all this time later, they have not themselves lived up to that promise."


The conference called for fairer fares, after branding the system used on public transport in Scotland "confusing, illogical and unfair".

Scottish Lib Dem transport spokeswoman Alison McInnes complained of huge variations, even on the same service, and said passengers were often confused about different ticket types.

She called for a move to a universal ticketing system, such as those found in several other European countries.


The conference called for greater emphasis on local electricity generation, during a debate on Scotland's energy future.

Liam McArthur, the Scottish Lib Dem energy spokesperson, said Scotland's natural resources and world-leading skills in the industry could help the nation reap the economic benefits of green energy.

He called for a move away from large-scale, centralised energy generation in favour of a network of community plants.

This would see, Mr McArthur said, see everyday buildings playing host to solar panels, small wind turbines and combined heat and power boilers.




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