Lib Dems demand clarity on Scottish testing target confusion

Responding to confusion over whether the new testing target includes testing carried out in Scotland, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP said: 

“Our health workers deserve clarity over testing targets.

“Both of Scotland’s governments owe it to them and the public to clearly communicate their plans. 

“The sloppy explanation of whether these targets apply to Scotland has only spread confusion and concern. These targets must be immediately clarified so NHS activity and our expectations can be readjusted.”


Including: COVID helpline; how to volunteer; supermarket deliveries; emergency powers; health screening; help for those at greater risk; PPE; support for businesses.

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Lib Dems object to end of jury trials for first time since reign of Alexander II

The Scottish Liberal Democrats have laid amendments to the Coronavirus (Scotland) bill objecting to the Scottish Government’s plans to allow some court cases to go ahead without a jury. 


You can watch my speech here.

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Started a cheeky wee part time job today.

Whenever I can and for as long as I’m well, I’m going to be a volunteer hot food takeaway technician and delivery boy for a couple of hours in the evening.

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Activities during COVID-19 outbreak

If like me, you find being outside and active good for your overall well being then Edinburgh Leisure is the place for you. 🏃🏃

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After last night's update from the UK Government, I asked the First Minister for assurances that organisations in Edinburgh Western, and across Scotland, who are preparing and delivering hot meals for people in self-isolation will be able to continue providing this vital work. 


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With everything that’s going on it would be easy to forget that today is #SingleParentsDay. With massive restriction on movement and contact, that’s going to hit single parent families all the harder, especially if that parent gets sick. That’s why I support the work of One Parent Families Scotland. 

This year single parents face extraordinarily difficult times, and we need to make sure they are not an after thought. Find out how to support One Parent Families Scotland here

Expert supports Lib Dem plans to subject politicians to PVGs

Ahead of the vote tomorrow, the Moira Anderson Foundation and its founder, child protection expert Sandra Brown, have urged MSPs to back the bid by Scottish Liberal Democrat Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP to require all elected members in Scotland to undergo a PVG check before they can spend time unsupervised with children or vulnerable adults.

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Help with warm homes

It was lovely meeting Jean at her home in Corstorphine this week. Jean benefited from a govt. grant to install a new boiler, heating system and front door at no cost, through Warmworks Scotland. If you receive a state benefit and live in a home that isn’t energy efficient you could qualify - you can find out more here -


Corstorphine Community Sight Loss Group


So kind of the Corstorphine community sight-loss group let me gatecrash their Saturday get together at the Dower House. Learned a lot about issues that make the lives of people with visual impairment harder.

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