Rennie: SNP has lost its way on education

Scottish Liberal Democrat education spokesperson Willie Rennie MSP has today claimed the SNP Government has lost its way on education.

His comments come after the Education Secretary announced proposals to “fiddle” with the Challenge Schools fund and indicated that the poverty related attainment gap was about to get wider.

Mr Rennie said:

"This statement just paves the way for bad news to come on the already yawning poverty related attainment gap.  Years ago, the SNP Government promised to close it completely but now it is set to get even wider.

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Stop wasting time arresting people for cannabis possession

Scottish Liberal Democrat drugs emergency spokesperson Ben Lawrie has today questioned why police resources are wasted on tackling cannabis possession rather than targeting other serious crimes and criminal organisations, as new figures published by Police Scotland today revealed that in 2019-20 there were 12,400 cannabis drug possession crimes, more than every other drug combined. 

Ben Lawrie said:

"We know that the police are run off their feet. There are clearly a host of public safety matters more pressing that picking up people for low level cannabis possession. 

“Instead, the public want officers to target violent crime and redirect their focus towards keeping communities safe. 

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Cole-Hamilton calls for abolishment of Covid IDs

Scottish Liberal Democrat leader and health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton has today pressed the First Minister on her choice to keep the Government’s illiberal Covid ID scheme.
The SNP-Green Government failed to provide evidence on the efficacy of Covid IDs at the same time as data showed lateral flow tests helping keep the infection rate low at COP26.
Mr Cole-Hamilton said:
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Cole-Hamilton calls for fresh vote ahead of Covid ID expansion

Speaking ahead of tomorrow's statement from the First Minister in which she is expected to set out an expansion of Covid ID cards, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader and health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton urged the government to ditch the “unworkable" scheme and demanded a full parliamentary vote on any further expansion before it comes into force.

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Conservative and SNP leaders must declare support for drug consumption room trials

Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Liam McArthur has today urged the Scottish Government to deliver workable proposals on drug consumption rooms and for the leaders of the SNP and Scottish Conservative party to declare their support for trials to go ahead.

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Cole-Hamilton calls for Burnout Prevention Strategy for NHS staff

Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Alex Cole-Hamilton has today unveiled a series of proposals to prevent burnout among NHS staff amid warnings that they are set to face the hardest winter in the health service’s history. 

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Cole-Hamilton urges more accessible and timely mental health help for students

Scottish Liberal Democrat leader and health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has today commented on a recent survey on students’ mental health showing that almost three-quarters of students reported low wellbeing. 

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McArthur presses SNP/Green government on Deposit Return Scheme

Scottish Liberal Democrat spokesperson for the climate emergency Liam McArthur has today pressed the SNP/Green government to provide a clear timetable and adequate information regarding the introduction of the Deposit Return Scheme (DRS).

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Cole-Hamilton urges Government to ditch Covid IDs in favour of Lateral Flow Tests

Responding to the First Minister’s Covid statement, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader and health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP called for enhanced lateral flow testing to replace ineffective Covid ID cards in light of the emerging evidence that COP26 was staged safely without them.

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Delayed discharges cost the NHS £142 million

Scottish Liberal Democrat leader and health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton today called for a step change in social care provision after new figures showed the “eye-watering” cost of delayed discharges to the NHS.

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