FM must publish legal advice and ditch referendum threat

Responding to the First Minister's GMS interview in which she refused to confirm that Scottish Government would publish legal advice on holding another referendum to break up the UK, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Alex Cole-Hamilton said:

"Based on past form, I half expected the First Minister to say that all the relevant documents had mysteriously vanished.

"The Information Commissioner was clear that the government needed to publish. I think the public would be appalled if the government were wasting taxpayers' money pressing ahead with their plans if there was legal advice suggesting they didn't have a leg to stand on.

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Cole-Hamilton calls for greener communities and a tree for every citizen

Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Alex Cole-Hamilton has today called for Scotland’s local authorities to play their part in tackling the climate emergency and called for a tree to be planted for every citizen in Scotland. 

The party’s local election manifesto commits to: 

  • Establish local Climate Change Committees and Just Transition plans. 
  • Cut energy use across local authority buildings.  
  • Plant more trees and community orchards through a “tree for every citizen” initiatives focused on native species.  
  • Protect greenbelts and gaps between settlements for the long-term benefit of local communities, the climate and nature, including through a brownfield-first approach to planning. 
  • Preserve parks and playing fields as important community green space. 
  • campaign for the creation of a new restitution order, the proceeds of which would help victims with the costs of clearing up fly-tipping and increase efforts to catch tippers.  
  • Support substantial measures to reduce waste and embrace the development of a circular economy. 
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Cole-Hamilton: Let councils cut business rates to boost local firms

Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Alex Cole-Hamilton has today used a visit to Sprinkles Ice Cream in Edinburgh to highlight the plight of small business and make the case for giving councils more control over business and economic development.

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Cole-Hamilton comments as NHS taken off emergency footing

Responding to the Health Secretary's announcement that the NHS is being taken off its Covid emergency footing, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Alex Cole-Hamilton said:

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Rennie: Urgent action needed to close census data gap

Responding to the news that the Scottish Government will extend the census deadline by a month after a quarter of Scots failed to respond, Scottish Liberal Democrat MSP Willie Rennie said: 

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Chamberlain questions minister over ‘broken’ Ukrainian visa system

North East Fife MP Wendy Chamberlain has questioned the migration minister over the situation facing Ukrainian refugees seeking to come to the UK. She secured an urgent question over numerous concerns about the operation of Visa Application Centres. She also raised the case of two children who have finally been granted permission to come to North East Fife more than a month after their family first applied.

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Lib Dems will defend local care services from an SNP takeover

Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Alex Cole-Hamilton has today declared that Scottish Liberal Democrat councillors will defend local care services from a takeover by the Scottish Government which would see local accountability, control and innovation put at risk.

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Douglas Ross previously championed parking levy that he now opposes

Responding to reports in the Daily Record that Douglas Ross previously championed a workplace parking levy for Moray council workers, a scheme he now opposes, Scot Lib Dem MSP Willie Rennie said:

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Government mired in murky business as steel firm raided

Commenting in response to the offices of Liberty Steel being raided by the Serious Fraud Office, Scottish Liberal Democrat economy spokesperson Willie Rennie said:

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Care home ruling will send shiver down spines of Scottish ministers

Responding to the court ruling on discharging patients into care homes in England, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Alex Cole-Hamilton said:

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