Cole-Hamilton presses the government for urgent measures to tackle violence against women

Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Alex Cole-Hamilton has today repeated his party's calls to establish a commission to tackle violence against women and called for this to deliver recommendations to parliament within a year.

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Long Covid Group Comes Together

A new cross-party group on Long Covid met for the first time yesterday evening. Edinburgh Western MSP and Leader of Liberal Democrats Alex Cole-Hamilton, Jackie Baillie MSP and Sanesh Gulhane MSP co-founded the group. It is estimated that Long Covid affects as many as 100 thousand Scots, including thousands of children.

 

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Cole-Hamilton urges emergency recruitment drive to fix broken test and protect system

Responding to today’s Scottish Parliament update from the First Minister, Scottish Liberal Democrat Leader Alex Cole-Hamilton has urged an emergency recruitment drive to fix the broken Test and Protect system.

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Scotland needs new hope, not a new white paper

Responding to the publication of the Programme for Government 2021-22, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Alex Cole Hamilton MSP said:

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Ironclad plan needed to eradicate mental health waits

Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Alex Cole-Hamilton today said the Scottish Government must show it has “an ironclad plan” to bring down mental health waits after new statistics showed 2,138 children waiting over a year for mental health treatment.

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Auditor General highlights decade of SNP overpromising and under-delivering

Commenting in response to a blog published by Audit Scotland, where the Auditor General Stephen Boyle reports a “mismatch” in SNP policy delivery, explaining that “audit work consistently shows a major implementation gap between policy ambitions and delivery on the ground”, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Alex Cole- Hamilton MSP said:

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SNP/Green Coalition threatens local authorities

Commenting in advance of the ministerial takeover of social care being included in the Programme for Government, with COSLA questioning why it looks set to seize powers in other areas too, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP said:

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Whistle-blower accounts show contact tracing “meltdown”

Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP today called for an “emergency recruitment drive” for contact tracers, as whistle-blower reports reveal that Test and Protect are being forced to close cases before contact has been made because the service is under such strain.

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Lib Dems will lead opposition to ministerial takeover of social care

Speaking ahead of the First Minister’s Programme for Government in which she is expected to announce plans for a centralised ministerial takeover for Scotland’s care services, Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP announced that he will lead opposition to the proposals.

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Liberal Democrats will oppose Covid ID cards

Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP today laid out an emphatic opposition to so-called Covid ID cards, as the First Minister responded to his opening First Minister’s Question as leader of the Scottish Liberal Democrats.  

 

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Scotland should provide sanctuary to refugees

Speaking after a debate on supporting the people of Afghanistan where his amendment was backed by the Scottish Parliament, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP said:

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Holyrood remembers lives lost to drugs

To mark overdose awareness day, a memorial was held yesterday outside the Scottish Parliament, organised by campaigner Peter Krykant.

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Green party picks nationalism over the climate emergency

Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has today declared that the Green party has picked nationalism over the climate emergency and warned that on issues like education reform, the abolition of the council tax and the decarbonisation of our homes Green MSPs will not seek to trouble the SNP or subject it to effective scrutiny.

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Young people's mental health services a shadow of what they should be

Responding to Audit Scotland's blog on mental health services for children and young people, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader and health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP said:

 

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Tens of thousands waiting for tests and treatment

Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP today said “patients and NHS staff need new hope” after statistics revealed that more than 100,000 people are waiting for key diagnostic tests and Nicola Sturgeon’s Treatment Time Guarantee is being missed 200 times a day. 

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