Cole-Hamilton: Confidence in Covid ID cards “crumbles” after launch

Speaking after the failed launch of Covid ID cards last night, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Alex Cole-Hamilton commented:

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Teachers declare formal dispute with Scottish Government

Responding to the news that the Teachers’ Side of the Scottish Negotiating Committee for Teachers has today declared a formal dispute, Scottish Liberal Democrat education spokesperson Willie Rennie said:

"Teachers have worked hard throughout the pandemic to support pupils and received scant reward. It's ridiculous that months after teachers rejected the last offer, ministers have not found a way to get back round the table.

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SQA chief must go over human rights failings

Scottish Liberal Democrat education spokesperson Willie Rennie has today called for the resignation of the Chief Executive of the Scottish Qualifications Authority after it was revealed that the body has signed an agreement with the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) to improve its equality practices.

The EHRC established that the SQA was not routinely assessing the impact of its policies and practices against the three needs of the Public Sector Equality Duty, which requires public authorities to give due regard to the need to eliminate discrimination, advance equality of opportunity and foster good relations between different groups.

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Cole-Hamilton criticises government's pathetic package for long Covid sufferers

Responding to the publication of the Scottish Government's long Covid strategy which contains just £500,000 of new spending to tackle the condition, Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP said:

"This is a pretty pathetic package and it looks like the Scottish Government know it too. Normally the Health Secretary would be expected to deliver a full statement to Parliament announcing new plans.

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Give charities license to criticise government, Rennie urges

Scottish Liberal Democrat MSP Willie Rennie has today said that the Scottish Government must introduce a "license to criticise" guarantee to ensure that the rights of organisations who receive government funding are protected. 

His call comes after The Times reported that two organisations, Shelter Scotland and Victim Support Scotland, have confirmed they face curbs under their government funding deal. The Times reports that the terms in Victim Support Scotland’s funding letter say: “No part of the grant shall be used to fund any activity or material which is party political in intention, use, or presentation or appears to be designed to affect support for a political party.”

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New Covid ID regulations reveal "tinpot authoritarians" in the SNP

Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP had today warned that the Scottish Government are preparing to expand the use of Covid ID cards in the future, with the government claiming there would be advantages in extending it to more sectors. 

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Covid inquiry "must be rooted in victim's stories"

Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Alex Cole-Hamilton has today said that the forthcoming judge-led inquiry into the handling of the Covid crisis must be rooted in victim's stories and warned that it must not be allowed to run for years or lessons will be lost.

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NHS on emergency footing until March 2022

Responding to the announcement from the Health Secretary that the NHS will remain on an emergency footing until 31 March 2022, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton said:

"This is clear evidence that NHS and care services are ill prepared to tackle winter workloads.

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Chamberlain: We would work with Gordon Brown to reform the UK

Responding to Keir Starmer’s announcement that Gordon Brown will lead a commission on the union, Scottish Liberal Democrat Scottish Affairs spokesperson Wendy Chamberlain MP said: 

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Wishart calls for new Shetland hospital

Scottish Liberal Democrat and Shetland MSP, Beatrice Wishart has written to the Cabinet Secretary for Health calling for a new hospital in Shetland. In her letter Ms Wishart asked the Cabinet Secretary to indicate ‘when Shetland will have a new-build hospital fit for the 21st century.’

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