Scot Lib Dems criticise SNP’s whisky levy plan

Responding to reports that the SNP conference is to debate plans to bring in a whisky levy, Orkney and Shetland MP Alistair Carmichael said:

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Cole-Hamilton warns clock is ticking for new NHS waiting time platform

Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Alex Cole-Hamilton has today said that a new NHS waiting times platform must give patients comprehensive and specific data about how long they should expect to wait for treatment and warned that time was ticking down for the platform to launch in summer 2022. 

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Johnson’s account of Lebedev meeting cannot be trusted

Responding to confirmation that Boris Johnson met ex-KGB agent Alexander Lebedev at the height of the Salisbury poisoning scandal and the Prime Minister's claim that as far as he was aware, the two men did not discuss government business, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Alex Cole-Hamilton said: 

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Neither SNP nor Conservatives can be trusted to run our railways

Speaking ahead of Wednesday's strikes by the RMT union which will shut down the majority of Scotland's rail services, Scottish Liberal Democrat transport spokesperson Jill Reilly said:

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Isles representatives challenge “ridiculous” energy supplier block on new build homes

Isles representatives, Alistair Carmichael MP and Liam McArthur MSP, have this week written to the Business Secretary, the head of Ofgem, and the trade body Energy UK to challenge the refusal of energy suppliers in the isles to connect new built homes to electricity supply. Local housing developers have voiced frustration in recent days that all relevant energy suppliers have refused to install energy meters in new build homes, believed to be due in part to uncertainty and volatility in the energy market.

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Lib Dems call to end care charges as more than 6,000 people die of dementia

Responding to new figures showing that 6,046 people died from Alzheimer's and other dementias in 2021 with these deaths 1.3 times as likely to occur in the most deprived parts of Scotland, compared to the least deprived, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Alex Cole-Hamilton said:

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Cole-Hamilton: Extreme A&E wait times the SNP's new normal

Responding to figures from Public Health Scotland showing the crisis in our A&E departments continuing, with just 67.9% of attendees at A&E services admitted, transferred or discharged within 4 hours, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader and health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP commented:

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Lib Dems search for truth over bogus mental health recruitment figures

Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Alex Cole-Hamilton has filed a series of parliamentary questions as he seeks to get to the bottom of “bogus” Scottish government claims over mental health staffing. 

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Stone reacts to report that deems Scottish cricket "institutionally racist"

A report on racism in Scottish cricket, carried out by equality and diversity group Plan4Sport, has found the governance and leadership of the sport to be institutionally racist. Commissioned by Sportscotland last year, the review highlighted 448 examples that demonstrated institutional racism. An anonymous survey was carried out as part of the review, with 62% of those who responded saying they had experienced, seen or had reported to them incidents of racism, inequalities or discrimination.

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McArthur: SNP bus promises are empty

Scottish Liberal Democrat climate crisis spokesperson Liam McArthur MSP has today condemned ministers for failing to adequately support councils to run local bus operators, following a Scottish Daily Express freedom of information request which shows that the Scottish Government has not provided any additional funding for councils to manage local bus services. 

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