Covid inquiry must not repeat mistakes of Chilcot and Penrose inquiries

Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Alex Cole-Hamilton has today set out his party’s expectations for the forthcoming Covid public inquiry, including calling for initial findings to be reported within a year

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Willie Rennie frustrated at £100 million cut to core school budget

Willie Rennie MSP has expressed anger at the prospect of a more than £100 million cut to the core school budget and disbelief that the Cabinet Secretary for Education has dismissed the concerns. 

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Cole-Hamilton: The Prime Minister thinks the public are stupid

Speaking after Prime Minister's Questions, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Alex Cole-Hamilton said:

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Cole-Hamilton: SNP must stop sitting on their hands and address A&E crisis

Scottish Liberal Democrat leader and health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has today reiterated his call for extra staff support and an immediate Burnout Prevention Strategy, after new A&E figures showed that only 71.6% of attendances at A&E services were seen within four hours.

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Analysis shows 275,000 operations lost to Covid

New Scottish Liberal Democrat analysis has shown that 275,000 scheduled operations have now been lost to the pandemic and the party has called for an urgent new Burnout Prevention Strategy for NHS staff as the backlog continues to grow.

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Cole-Hamilton to Ross: Time to oust party Prime Minister

Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Alex Cole-Hamilton has today challenged Scottish Conservative leader Douglas Ross to submit a letter of no-confidence in his party leader, after fresh revelations of a Downing Street garden party undermined the Prime Minister’s claim to have no knowledge of parties taking place in his official residence during lockdown.

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Rennie calls on SNP government to follow England and support guest houses and B&Bs

Scottish Liberal Democrat economy spokesperson Willie Rennie has today called on the SNP Government to follow the UK Government and provide grants for guest houses and B&Bs in the hard-hit tourism and hospital sector.

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Cole-Hamilton reveals 5 year wait for patient to be discharged from hospital

Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Alex Cole-Hamilton has today revealed the longest waits experienced by patients forced to stay in hospital after doctors have declared them ready to leave including a patient in Tayside who had to wait more than five years to be discharged. 

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SNP “legalising littering” as 135,000 flytipping incidents reported but only 34 make it to prosecutors

Scottish Liberal Democrat communities spokesperson Willie Rennie has warned that the Scottish Government has effectively “legalised littering” and called for people who illegally dispose of their waste to “face the full force of the law” as it emerged that 134,974 reports of flytipping were flagged to local authorities in the past two years, but only 34 were referred to the Procurator Fiscal.  

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Lib Dems reveal longest outstanding FAI waits

Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Liam McArthur has today revealed the longest outstanding waits for fatal accident inquiries in Scotland now run to almost a decade and branded such inquiries “next to useless and an insult to families.” 

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