More than 20 police stations with EVs, but no chargers

Scottish Liberal Democrat climate emergency spokesperson Liam McArthur MSP has today criticised the Scottish Government's failure to invest in police equipment and resources after it emerged that at least 20 police stations in Scotland have electric vehicles, but no chargers to recharge them, leaving them reliant on partner organisations and public chargers.  

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Cole-Hamilton backs calls for age of criminal responsibility to rise

Responding to a new study from Edinburgh University which found that once young people fall into persistent patterns of offending, punishments devised to curb their conduct are largely ineffective and called for the age of criminal responsibility to be raised to 16, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader and former youth worker Alex Cole-Hamilton said: 

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Desperate Green minister won’t rule out exporting landfill waste to England

Scottish Liberal Democrat climate emergency spokesperson Liam McArthur has today questioned the practicality of the Scottish Government’s planned landfill ban after Green minister Lorna Slater repeatedly passed up opportunities to confirm that waste would not simply be shipped to England to be landfilled there. 

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Cole-Hamilton comments as nurses and midwives ballot for strikes

Responding to news from the Royal College of Nursing and Royal College of Midwives that that they will be balloting on industrial strike action after voting overwhelmingly to reject the Scottish Government’s latest pay offer, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Alex Cole-Hamilton said:

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Cole-Hamilton urges government to learn lessons of Covid and set out Monkeypox plan

Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Alex Cole-Hamilton has today called on the Scottish Government to learn the lessons of Covid and set out what plans it has for keeping the public safe from Monkeypox.

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McArthur: Water shortages are being recklessly ignored by SNP/Green government

Scottish Liberal Democrat spokesperson for the climate crisis Liam McArthur MSP has today called for stronger measures to tackle water shortages in Scotland after the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) announced that at least five areas in Scotland are at risk of water shortages, while another area is at the highest level of scarcity. 

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Rennie comments as thousands of Scot Gov staff ballot over strikes

Responding to reports that thousands of Scottish Government are set to go on strike, Scottish Liberal Democrat communities spokesperson Willie Rennie said:

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Cole-Hamilton questions ministerial leadership of Ukrainian refugee scheme

Commenting on reports that a second cruise ship on the Clyde could house Ukrainian refugees and that the SNP could call in the army for help, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Alex Cole-Hamilton said:

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Government scheme could take 301 years to insulate every fuel poor household

Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Alex Cole-Hamilton has today urged the Scottish Government to put a rocket under a support scheme for households in fuel poverty after new analysis revealed that just a small percentage of households have benefited from support and that it could take the government more than 300 years to insulate every fuel poor household. 

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McArthur urges caution as fire service called to dozens of barbeque fires

Scottish Liberal Democrat justice, policing and fire spokesperson Liam McArthur has today urged the public to be cautious when using and disposing of barbeques as he revealed figures showing that they are responsible for dozens of fire service callouts every year.

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