Boost Scotland's renewable energy exports to wean Europe off Russian oil and gas

Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Alex Cole-Hamilton has today urged the Scottish Government to increase investment in renewable energy and look at measures to allow this to be exported to our allies in Europe, describing the proposals as a “win-win” which would help reduce dependence on Russian oil and gas and tackle the cost-of-living crisis by reducing energy bills. 

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New analysis reveals £8.8bn toll of mental health

Responding to new analysis from the Mental Health Foundation showing that problems relating to mental health issues are costing the Scottish economy around £8,8bn a year, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Alex Cole-Hamilton said:

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Cole-Hamilton backs reform of the Gender Recognition Act

Responding to the publication of the Gender Recognition Reform (Scotland) Bill, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Alex Cole-Hamilton said:

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119,000 Scots now dealing with long Covid

Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Alex Cole-Hamilton has this afternoon urged the First Minister to get her act together on long Covid after new figures published by the Office for National Statistics showed the number of people in Scotland reporting the condition had risen to 119,000.

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Volunteer Manager: East Dunbartonshire

Job Title:             Volunteer Manager

Responsible to:  Head of Campaigns for Scotland 

Salary:                 £18-24,000

Hours:                 Full Time (37.5 hours per week)

Tenure:                Fixed term to 31st May 2023 with the possibility of extension

Location:             Local Party Office in the constituency with some travel

(A relocation grant may be made for candidates who do not currently live in the Central Belt of Scotland)

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Volunteer Manager: Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross

Job Title:             Volunteer Manager

Responsible to:  Head of Campaigns for Scotland 

Salary:                 £18-24,000

Hours:                 Full Time (37.5 hours per week)

Tenure:                Fixed term to 31st May 2023 with the possibility of extension

Location:             Dingwall with significant travel around the North Highlands 

(A relocation grant is available to candidates who currently live outside of the Highland Council area)

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Asking doctors to Google guidance lets down stroke care patients

Scottish Liberal Democrat leader and health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has today said that asking doctors to use Google to find their own advice on treating stroke patients is putting people at risk. 

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Solicitors and Lib Dems force course change on legal aid

Responding to comments from Community Safety Minister Ash Regan who said that further improvements to legal aid would be made on top of a 5% increase in fees which was confirmed on Tuesday, Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Liam McArthur said:

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Councils need financial support to prepare for more refugees

Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Alex Cole-Hamilton has today called for the Scottish Government to set out what additional funding will be made available to support the resettlement of refugees from Ukraine as he warned that six months on from the fall of Afghanistan hundreds of Afghans remain temporary accommodation. 

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SNP independence chief likens 2014 referendum result to Moscow rule

Responding to a new SNP blog post from party president and independence unit chief Mike Russell on the situation in Ukraine, in which he draws parallels between Ukraine’s history of Moscow rule and the longevity of the result of the 2014 independence referendum, Scottish Liberal Democrat MSP Willie Rennie said: 

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