FM’s statement must expand care for long Covid sufferers

Scottish Liberal Democrat leader and health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP today challenged the First Minister to use her statement to the Scottish Parliament to set out what will be done to help the 100,000 Scots with long Covid.

A parliamentary question from Mr Cole-Hamilton answered by the Health Secretary revealed that despite 100,000 Scots being diagnosed with long Covid, there have been just 1,157 referrals made to the support service offered by Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland. Despite this, the First Minister told Parliament: “there is no need to intervene”.

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Cole-Hamilton calls for long Covid budget boost as rates rise

Scottish Liberal Democrat leader and health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has today pressed the First Minister to deliver new support for people suffering long Covid as new statistics showed rates rising again.

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Major defence firm could relocate from an independent Scotland

Responding to comments from David Lockwood, chief executive of defence firm Babcock warning that operations at the Rosyth shipyard could relocate away from an independent Scotland, Scottish Liberal Democrat economy spokesperson Willie Rennie said:

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Alba party are naïve to downplay Russia risk

Responding to comments from Alba MP Neale Hanvey accusing the UK and US of “hyping” the prospect of a Russian invasion of Ukraine, Scottish Liberal Democrat defence spokesperson Jamie Stone MP said:

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Rennie calls for £150 support payment to be extended to students

Scottish Liberal Democrat education spokesperson and North East Fife MSP Willie Rennie has today called on the Scottish Government to introduce an immediate £150 cost of living payment to support students.

Yesterday Finance Secretary Kate Forbes announced a £150 cost-of-living payment going to 1.8m households. However students who live alone or share the rent with other students are exempt from council tax so will not receive the new payment – despite facing the same rise in household bills. 

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Cole-Hamilton celebrates Elsie Inglis on International Day of Women and Girls in Science

On International Day of Women and Girls in Science, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader and Edinburgh Western MSP Alex Cole-Hamilton has celebrated Elsie Inglis and her contribution to science. 

Elsie Inglis is best known for founding the Scottish Women's Hospitals, being a medical pioneer and a champion of women’s rights. Through her fundraising activities, she set up 14 hospitals and raised enormous sums for female doctors, nurses, orderlies and drivers serving on the WWI frontlines.

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Scot Lib Dems announce Claire McLaren as new agriculture spokesperson

Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has today announced that Claire McLaren is to be the party's new agriculture spokesperson, as he bids to offer new hope to rural and agricultural communities let down by the Conservatives and SNP.

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Plot thickens as Lib Dems reveal door chopping is not in official Covid guidance

Scottish Liberal Democrat education spokesperson Willie Rennie has today accused the Scottish Government of chaos and dysfunction as analysis of official guidance on reducing the risk from Covid-19 in schools reveals that the Government’s wacky plan to cut the bottom of classroom doors does not get a single mention. 

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Jamie Stone challenges Finance Secretary over Highland roads hypocrisy

Jamie Stone, Liberal Democrat MP for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross, has challenged Finance Secretary Kate Forbes MSP to deliver more Scottish Government funding for local authority roads.

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Confusion over Lanarkshire steel - Government now say Tata have no liability

Scottish Liberal Democrat economy spokesperson Willie Rennie has called on the Scottish Government to urgently clarify its position on its exposure to liability for the clean-up of the Dalzell steelworks in the event of the business and the wider GFG group collapsing.

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