Cole-Hamilton proposes new Climate Emergency Communities Fund

Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Alex Cole-Hamilton has today proposed a new Climate Emergency Communities Fund to prepare and protect people across Scotland already being affected by extreme weather including flooding.

It is the next instalment of the new Scottish Liberal Democrat leader’s plan New Hope for the Climate Emergency, and comes as a report from the UK Environment Agency warns that adapting to the “inevitable impacts” of the climate emergency is necessary to save lives.  

The fund could be worth £75 million extra per year to communities – doubling the Scottish Government’s existing commitment to flooding and coastal erosion.

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Wishart calls for mental health support for baby loss

As Baby Loss Awareness Week draws to a close, Scottish Liberal Democrat Beatrice Wishart has called on the Scottish Government to step up the mental health support available for those who experience baby loss.

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Wishart launches petition for new hospital

Scottish Liberal Democrat and Shetland MSP, Beatrice Wishart has launched an online petition for a new hospital for Shetland. Highlighting the 1950s design, little opportunity to achieve the modern hospital requirements of today and future-proofing island requirements, Ms Wishart is asking for Shetland residents to show the Scottish Government the strength of support for a new hospital.

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John Mason is wildly out of touch with the people of Scotland

Responding to comments reported in the Daily Record in which SNP MSP John Mason opposed abortion clinic buffer zones and declared that abortion services are seldom vital or essential, Beatrice Wishart MSP said:

"John Mason is wildly out of touch with the people of Scotland. It's really rather scary that someone with views like this is a lawmaker with the power to influence women's healthcare.

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Lib Dems call for SNP to set nationalist ideology aside in fiscal framework review

Responding to Finance Secretary Kate Forbes calling for "powers and flexibilities" to be handed to Scotland in a forthcoming review of the fiscal framework, Scottish Liberal Democrat finance spokesperson John Ferry said:

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Cole-Hamilton challenges Sturgeon to rip up Heathrow deal

Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Alex Cole-Hamilton has today challenged First Minister Nicola Sturgeon to tear up her Government's deal with Heathrow Airport, after her Ted talk and prior to her address to the Arctic Circle Assembly tomorrow.

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Alex Cole-Hamilton's speech to Scottish Lib Dem Conference

Conference, this is the first time I have addressed you in this capacity and I am proud beyond measure to stand before you, as the leader of our party.

I have attended every spring and autumn conference of the Scottish Liberal Democrats since I joined our party over 20 years ago. I have watched and participated in debates and in speeches that have shaped our policies, defined our responses to terrorism and the climate emergency and those that have kept us marching along the rocky road we have walked together in pursuit of a liberal society. I have sat among you, grieving the loss of liberal giants.

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New stats show how mortality soared during Covid pandemic

Responding to new figures released today by Public Health Scotland showing that the 23,370 winter deaths in 2020/21 is the second highest number of winter deaths in the last 30 years, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Alex Cole-Hamilton said:

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Cole-Hamilton’s conference speech offers new hope for the climate emergency

Just weeks before the COP26 climate conference in Glasgow, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Alex Cole-Hamilton has used his first conference speech as party leader to set out the latest instalments in his plan to offer new hope for the climate emergency.

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Cole-Hamilton: Judge-led inquiry has to be the priority

Responding to Scottish Labour's call for a Holyrood Covid inquiry, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Alex Cole-Hamilton said:

"The joint Westminster committee report identifies failing after failing at a time when both the UK and Scottish Governmentwere working in tandem. 

"People whose parents died in care homes, those struggling with long Covid and those whose businesses went under need answers about the decisions that were taken which turned their lives upside down.

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