Lib Dems secure switch off of domestic vaccine passports

Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Alex Cole-Hamilton said domestic vaccine passports must not be allowed to return after the Scottish Government today conceded that it was not appropriate to continue to allow their use on a voluntary basis.

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Time for both PM and Chancellor to go

Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Alex Cole-Hamilton has filed a motion in the Scottish Parliament calling on the Prime Minister and Chancellor of the Exchequer to resign immediately.

Speaking about the motion, Mr Cole-Hamilton said:

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Packed prison cells shows SNP failing to manage prison estate

Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Liam McArthur has today warned that new figures show that the SNP is failing to manage the prison estate and urged them to get a grip on the use of remand after it was revealed that there are currently 1,528 people in prison who were accommodated with another person in a cell intended for one person. 

His comments follow reports in February that Chief Inspector of Prisons Wendy Sinclair Gieben had written to ministers calling for urgent legislation to end the imprisonment of 16 and 17-year-olds in favour of secure care facilities.

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Lib Dem research reveals 670% increase in people making their own way to hospital

Scottish Liberal Democrat leader and health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has today urged the Health Secretary to “step up his game” and help restore the public faith in the ambulance service, as Scottish Liberal Democrat research unveiled that in the last five years emergency service calls cancelled due to patients making their own way to hospital have increased by almost 700%. 

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Lib Dems respond to SNP indyref plans

Responding to Nicola Sturgeon's comments to Scotland on Sunday about a timetable for another independence referendum, Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP said:

"Nicola Sturgeon has made quite clear that your job, your health and your children's education will never be her priority.

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Cole-Hamilton sets out plans for power surge to councils

Speaking ahead of the launch of the Scottish Liberal Democrat local council manifesto on Wednesday morning, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Alex Cole-Hamilton has said that his party will oppose the centralising power grabs of SNP Ministers in Holyrood and campaign to free councils to deliver for their areas, with the powers and financial levers they need.  

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Criminal Prime Minister needs to go now

Responding to reports that the Prime Minister and the Chancellor have received fixed penalty notices, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Alex Cole-Hamilton said:

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Cole-Hamilton presses for early detection as cancer diagnoses fall

Responding to new figures from Public Health Scotland showing there was drop in numbers for those diagnosed with early stage cancers such as cervical, colorectal and breast cancer in 2020, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP said:

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Cole-Hamilton: A&E crisis inevitable under distracted SNP

Scottish Liberal Democrat leader and health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has today called for more resources for the front line and renewed focus from the Health Secretary. He also reiterated his call for an urgent inquiry into avoidable deaths caused by the crisis in emergency care.

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