Cole-Hamilton urges SNP to focus on real issues not a referendum

Responding to Kate Forbes’ comments on Good Morning Scotland, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP said:

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Cole-Hamilton outlines demands for future of test and protect

Responding to the announcement that hundreds of coronavirus contact tracers are being kept on until at least September next year, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Alex Cole-Hamilton said:

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Lib Dems call for enhanced package for carers on Carers' Rights Day

On Carers Rights Day 2021, North East Fife's MSP and MP are calling on the UK and Scottish governments to support carers through a significant uplift in the carers allowance they receive and to help unpaid carers by providing guaranteed respite.  

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Cole-Hamilton calls for fresh support for ambulance staff suffering abuse

Responding to new figures from the Scottish Ambulance Service showing that there have been more than 500 verbal or physical assaults on staff in the past 22 months, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader and health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton commented:

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Sturgeon cares more about independence than health, education or climate change

Responding to the First Minister’s interview with the BBC this evening, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Alex Cole-Hamilton said:

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Lib Dems call for more accessible mental health services

Responding to​ new embargoed research conducted by the Royal College of Psychiatrists in Scotland that shows almost eight in 10 people think demand for mental health services will increase after the pandemic is over, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader and health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has today called for more funding for mental health and fresh resources to deliver local and accessible mental health support in all parts of Scotland.

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Lib Dems call for new measures to end violence against women and girls

Marking this year’s International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, the Scottish Liberal Democrats have called for new measures to end gender-based violence.

After the murder of Sarah Everard, Scottish Liberal Democrats urged the government to establish a Commission to look at specific measures to prevent violence against women and girls in all its forms. While the Government had initially shown interest, they have not taken this forward.

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SNP “straitjacket” is driving away childminders

Scottish Liberal Democrat education spokesperson Willie Rennie has today said the SNP are failing to provide flexibility for families as a new report revealed that the number of childminders in Scotland had fallen by over a quarter in the past five years.

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Carmichael welcomes “enormous opportunity” as government changes course to back tidal stream power

Orkney and Shetland MP, Alistair Carmichael, has welcomed news today that the UK government has reversed course to allow a ringfenced £20m pot of investment into tidal stream renewables in the upcoming Contract for Difference funding round.

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Cole-Hamilton: NHS needs fresh action, not SNP neglect

Responding to the Health Secretary’s comments on GMS in which he admitted recovery from the pandemic would take years rather than months, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Alex Cole-Hamilton said:

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