Put teachers and councils in charge of Scottish education

As he visits Aberdeenshire, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Alex Cole-Hamilton has condemned the SNP’s record on education and set out a series of proposals for tackling two years of disruption and fifteen years of SNP neglect, including strengthening ASN provision and giving more powers to schools.  

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Breast cancer screenings drop more than 40%

Responding to new Public Health Scotland figures showing that the number of cases of breast cancer detected by screening fell by 41.7% in the first year of the Covid pandemic, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Alex Cole-Hamilton said:

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Statistics show poverty-related development gap at age 2

Responding to official statistics showing development concerns are recorded for 23% of two-year-olds in the most deprived areas, compared to 9% of two-year-olds in the least deprived areas, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader and health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP commented:

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Stone calls for support for small football clubs and fan-led review of Scottish football

Jamie Stone, Far North MP and Liberal Democrat spokesperson for sport, has called for the UK Government to consult and support smaller football clubs as it implements the recommendations of the independent fan-led review of football governance and called for a similar review to take place in Scotland.

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"A ghastly and deadly legacy" - Stone implores Government to aid Ukraine in disposing of landmines

Jamie Stone, Liberal Democrat MP for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross and spokesperson for Defence, has issued a plea to the Ministry of Defence to lend its support to Ukrainians attempting to dispose landmines left by Russian forces.

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Cole-Hamilton calls on SNP to stop work on independence and focus on the A&E crisis

Scottish Liberal Democrat leader and health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP today called on the SNP/Green government to get on with solving the emergency care crisis and leave its ongoing work on an unwanted independence referendum to one side, after official statistics showed A&E waits continuing to stay stuck at an unprecedentedly low level.

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Worst ever figures for criminal justice cases completed in six months

Responding to the latest criminal justice monitoring data, which shows the worst ever figures for the proportion of cases going from caution to verdict within 26 weeks, Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Liam McArthur said:

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Just 1% of eligible properties connected under SNP broadband scheme

Scottish Liberal Democrat economy spokesperson Willie Rennie has today criticised the SNP/Green Government after it emerged that just 1% of properties eligible for a broadband scheme for hard-to-reach areas have been connected.

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Cole-Hamilton sets out plan to help families with housing and childcare costs

Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Alex Cole-Hamilton has today used a visit to Pennywell Pantry in north Edinburgh to highlight how the party’s councillors will deliver for families worried sick about the cost of living crisis.

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Violent crime at its highest level for a decade

Responding to new figures showing that there were 9,842 recorded cases of violent crime in 2021-22, the highest level in more than a decade, Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Liam McArthur MSP said:

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