“I am pleased that life expectancy is increasing across Scotland and it’s great to see that it’s highest in East Dunbartonshire, proving that our local area is a pleasant environment where people enjoy a quality standard of living.
“However we should all be concerned about the inequalities across Scotland. On our doorstep in Glasgow life expectancy is 7.5 years lower for men and 5.4 years lower for women compared with East Dunbartonshire.
“The Coalition has taken action on poverty and inequality, the root causes of low life expectancy. There are now more people in work than ever before and we have increased financial support for pensioners. But we know that there is a long way to go to improve the quality of life for people in the most deprived areas, and as a Liberal Democrat I am passionate about helping us create this fairer society. We can’t be comfortable with such striking levels of inequality in Scotland.”