SNP pull the plug on crofting legislation

Responding to a letter from the Rural Economy secretary to the Rural, Economy and Connectivity Committee confirming that the Crofting Bill has been dropped, Scottish Liberal Democrat rural economy spokesperson Mike Rumbles MSP said:

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Cole-Hamilton calls for large fines for defibrillator vandalism

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has today called for the implementation of an offence aggravator, in the form of additional fines, for people who damage automated external defibrillators (AEDS).

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Workplace parking levy overshadows Transport Bill

Commenting on the passage of the Transport Bill, Scottish Liberal Democrat transport spokesperson Mike Rumbles MSP said:

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Cole-Hamilton: Sick Kids has been an “extremely poorly managed project”

Responding to the news that the minutes of the meeting of NHS Lothian’s board specifically overseeing the Sick Kids project revealed there were over 2,000 snagging issues identified at the hospital in May, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP said:

“What’s clear from this report is that officials were aware of the myriad of problems facing them months before they pulled the plug on the Sick Kids’ opening. This has been an extremely poorly managed project.

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Childminding workforce declining despite ELC expansion

Responding to the Scottish Childminding Association’s audit of early learning and childcare (ELC), showing only 12.6% of childminders have been approved by local authorities to help deliver the ELC expansion for 3 and 4-year-olds while just 4.2% are currently delivering funded hours, Scottish Liberal Democrat education spokesperson Beatrice Wishart MSP commented:

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Cole-Hamilton: Breast screening uptake rate on prolonged “downward slide”

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has today criticised the Scottish Government for allowing the breast screening uptake rate to take a “downward slide”, as new official figures confirmed uptake has been consistently falling on the SNP’s watch.

The Scottish Government minimal uptake target is 70%, set in 2011, was not met in 4 health boards: NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde (65.8%), NHS Lanarkshire (68%), NHS Lothian (69.2%) and NHS Fife (69.7%).

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McArthur: Prisons at “crisis point” as chief warns operational emergency limit is looming

Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Liam McArthur MSP has today demanded the Justice Secretary address the “extremely clear warnings” presented by the Head of the Scottish Prison Service to Holyrood’s Justice Committee that prisons are over capacity and nearing their operational emergency limit.

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Rumbles demands transparency on Prestwick’s finances

Scottish Liberal Democrat transport spokesperson Mike Rumbles MSP has criticised the Transport Secretary, Michael Matheson, for failing to provide substantive answers to the specific questions put to him by MSPs on Prestwick Airport.

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Cole-Hamilton: No-deal will be devastating

Responding to the government’s statement setting out preparations for a no-deal exit from the European Union, Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP said:

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Lib Dems back an end to “justifiable assault” of children

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