New study shows Johnson deal risks £70bn economic hit

Commenting on a new study from the National Institute of Economic and Social Research which suggests that Boris Johnson's Brexit deal will leave the UK £70bn worse off than if it had remained in the EU, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie said:

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Cole-Hamilton: Time to stop sugarcoating obesity emergency

Responding to new figures published by the Scottish Government which show that around 65% - 2,940,000 - of those aged 16 or over in the country were overweight in 2018, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP said:

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Cole-Hamilton responds to rise in cancer deaths

Responding to the news that cancer deaths in Scotland increased from 16,105 in 2017 to 16,153 in 2018, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP said:

“The Scottish Government’s record on cancer waits has been scandalous. Far too many patients who receive the devastating diagnosis endure long and anxious waits for treatment. That’s bad for people’s mental health and for their chances of recovery.

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Lib Dems criticise Ruth Davidson’s second job as a corporate lobbyist

Commenting on Ruth Davidson taking on a second job as a corporate lobbyist, Mike Rumbles MSP said:

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NHS facing multi-billion shortfall

Commenting on a new report from Audit Scotland which warns that there is already a £1bn maintenance backlog and that health and social care funding could face a £1.8bn shortfall by 2023/24, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP said:

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Rennie: Labour lacking leadership on independence

Responding to comments from Jeremy Corbyn’s spokesman in which they once again refused to rule out the prospect of another independence referendum, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie said:

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Cole-Hamilton: Only a fool would deny that the war on drugs has been a failure.

Commenting on the new report from the UK Parliament’s health and social care committee which calls for the UK Government to hold a consultation on the decriminalisation of drug possession for personal use, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP said:

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Cole-Hamilton exposes failure of SNP waiting time improvement plan one year on

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP today condemned the failure of the SNP’s Waiting Times Improvement Plan and warned that performance has actually deteriorated since the introduction of the recovery plan exactly one year ago.

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A&E weekly performance drops once more

Responding to the news that performance against the A&E waiting time target has fallen to its lowest level since March 2018, with only 85.1% of patients treated within 4 hours compared to the 95% target and the most patients waiting over 8 and 12 hours since January, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP commented:

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Rennie comments on parliament recall

Speaking after news that the Scottish Parliament could be recalled on Thursday to consider a Legislative Consent Motion to enable Brexit legislation, the leader of the Scottish Liberal Democrats Willie Rennie said:

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