Deletion of correspondence risks hampering Government probe

Responding to a letter from Permanent Secretary Leslie Evans to the Committee on Scottish Government Handling of Harassment Complaints, warning that documents relevant to the ongoing probe may have been deleted and cannot be retrieved, committee member Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP said:

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Education Secretary abstains as government defeated over subject choice.

Commenting after today’s Scottish Government defeat on school subject choices, Scottish Liberal Democrat education spokesperson Tavish Scott MSP said:

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Cole-Hamilton: SNP must show political will to use new benefit powers

Commenting on a new report into Scottish Government’s implementation of its social security powers from the Auditor General, which notes that the Scottish Government “hasn't yet got a clear understanding of what's needed to deliver the more complex benefits to come, or how much it will cost”, Scottish Liberal Democrat MSP Alex Cole-Hamilton said:

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McArthur challenges Justice Secretary over “unfit for human habitation” police buildings

Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Liam McArthur MSP has today questioned the Justice Secretary about a bombshell report from the Scottish Police Federation, in which the union described some buildings in the police estate as being “unfit for human habitation”. 

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Cole-Hamilton: Four Seasons collapse puts care and jobs at risk

Commenting on the news that one of the UK's biggest private care home operators, Four Seasons, which operates over 30 care residential homes across Scotland, is facing administration, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP said:

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Nearly 4 in 10 cancers have “modifiable risk factors” such as smoking and obesity

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has today demanded swifter action to hit much-missed cancer treatment time targets as the latest edition of annual statistics warned that nearly 4 in 10 cancers can be attributed to modifiable risk factors such as smoking and obesity.

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Cole-Hamilton: SNP’s baby steps on age of criminal responsibility “morally bankrupt”

Responding to the news that the Scottish Government will establish a new forum to consider if the age of criminal responsibility should be raised beyond 12, Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP, who has twice proposed amendments raising it to at least 14, commented:

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Government all at sea as CalMac ferries delayed again

Scottish Liberal Democrat Transport spokesperson Mike Rumbles has today warned that the Scottish Government is “all at sea” after ministers admitted that the time scale for delivery of two already overdue CalMac ferries has slipped again.

In a letter to the Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee, Islands minister Paul Wheelhouse said that deadlines for the two boats “will not be achieved.”

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Use minimum pricing anniversary to introduce new 60p rate

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP today said the first anniversary of the introduction of minimum unit pricing of alcohol in Scotland should be marked by raising the rate to at least 60p, sending a clear signal about our resolve to win the battle against the bottle.

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Rennie: SNP in denial over Growth Commission cuts

Responding to the SNP conference's debate on the Growth Commission, Scottish Liberal democrat leader Willie Rennie said:

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