Rennie: Children's rights being treated as a political football for Scottish Government

Scottish Liberal Democrat education spokesperson Willie Rennie has today accused Deputy First Minister of caring more about constitutional squabbling than he does about delivering on children’s rights.

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SNP refuse to say whether law officers said indyref bill is within Parliament powers

Responding to a freedom of information request published by The Scotsman in which the Scottish Government state that it is not in the public interest to tell the public whether law officers have said if a bill to enable a second independence referendum is within the competence of the Scottish Parliament and their refusal to release any briefing papers on the issue, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP said:

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More than 30% of A&E attendees miss treatment target

Scottish Liberal Democrat leader and health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has today urged the Health Secretary to stop hiding behind the pandemic and take "immediate radical action" after newly released figures show that only 69.8% of A&E attendees were seen within the 4-hour target.

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Cole-Hamilton sets out plans for counsellors in every school

At the start of Children's Mental Health Week which runs from 7th-13th February, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Alex Cole-Hamilton has accused the SNP of failing in a promise to make counselling services available to every pupil in Scotland and set out his plans to tackle a backlog in CAMHS services stretching over two years. 

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Cole-Hamilton draws up checklist to give NHS New Hope

Speaking after the most challenging winter NHS Scotland has ever faced and the damning new Audit Scotland report on the state of the health service, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader and health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has set out a policy programme designed to offer new hope to patients and staff.

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Scottish Government ignored Covid ID privacy concerns for months

Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Alex Cole-Hamilton has today said that his party's warnings that the Scottish Government's Covid ID app represented a grave threat to privacy have been entirely justified after the Information Commissioner's Office issued a stern public rebuke of the Government's failure to provide adequate privacy information within the app at launch and an “ongoing failure” to provide concise privacy information so the “average person” could understand how the app was using their information.

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Cole-Hamilton calls for Parliament to debate Ukraine crisis and hits out at Salmond over RT show

Responding to the Russian incursion into eastern regions of Ukraine, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader and Edinburgh Western MSP Alex Cole-Hamilton has today urged the First Minister to review the New Scot Strategy in preparation for assisting Ukrainian refugees, set out plans for tackling "dirty Russian money" in Scotland, and schedule a parliamentary debate to allow parliamentarians to discuss what further measures could be implemented.

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Cole-Hamilton responds to new Covid framework

Responding to the First Minister's announcement of the Scottish Government's new framework for Covid restrictions, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Alex Cole-Hamilton said: 

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McArthur reveals 635 self-harm incidents in prisons in 2021

New Scottish Liberal Democrat research has today revealed that in 2021 there were more than 635 self-harm incidents in Scottish prisons.

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Lib Dems propose Cost of Living Rescue Plan

Scottish Liberal Democrats have today set out a Cost of Living Rescue Plan to help households with the impact of skyrocketing bills.

The party has previously called for a one-off Robin Hood Tax on the super-profits of oil and gas producers and traders, which would allow vulnerable and low-income households to get £300 off the heating bills by doubling the Warm Home Discount and expanding it to all those on Universal Credit and Pension Credit.

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