Call Derek Mackay to give evidence to parliament over Ferguson ferries

Scottish Liberal Democrat economy spokesperson Willie Rennie has today called for Derek Mackay to be brought to parliament to answer questions on who signed off key decisions relating to Ferguson Marine and the two ferries that it is constructing.

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Second worst A&E waiting times show the scale of SNP failure

Scottish Liberal Democrat leader and health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has today urged the Health Secretary to urgently scale up efforts to address the crisis in Scotland's A&E departments. This comes after newly released figures show that only 68.4% of A&E attendees were seen within the 4-hour target, the second worst figure since the crisis began.

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Lib Dems call for a cut to VAT and a cost-of-living rescue plan

With the Scottish Liberal Democrats unable to hold a spring conference due to the emergence of Omicron, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Alex Cole-Hamilton has today used a visit to Peak Scientific, a manufacturer of scientific equipment based near Glasgow to set out proposals to tackle the cost-of-living crisis, including cutting VAT to 17.5% across the UK and scrapping the National Insurance tax hike.

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Lib Dems call for radical transport shakeup to deliver New Hope for Young People

Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has today unveiled plans to make public transport more affordable and accessible to young people, including calling on ministers to overhaul fares after they take on the running of Scotrail in two weeks’ time.

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Douglas Ross hiding under the duvet from Boris Johnson

Responding to the embargoed trail of Douglas Ross' speech to the Scottish Conservative conference, Willie Rennie MSP said:

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Rennie calls for extra schools funding for Ukrainian child refugees

Scottish Liberal Democrat education spokesperson Willie Rennie MSP has today called for the Scottish Government to set aside a budget for prospective Ukrainian young refugees who will join Scottish schools after fleeing the Russian invasion.

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SNP must get a grip on reality and get their priorities straight

Responding to a new poll published by The Scotsman, showing that 59% of respondents said that discussions over when a second independence referendum should take place should stop due to the Russian invasion of Ukraine, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Alex Cole-Hamilton urged the SNP to "get a grip on reality" and focus on the most pressing issues Scotland is facing. Those calling for discussions to stop include 43 per cent of SNP voters.

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Rennie and Chamberlain call on NHS Fife chair to apologise to St Andrews.

Willie Rennie and Wendy Chamberlain, the MP and MSP for North East Fife have called on the chair of NHS Fife, Tricia Marwick, to apologise to St. Andrews University, its students and its staff after she claimed “they are not a Fife University” and described students as “pathetic trolls” who “failed to get into Oxbridge”. 

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Cole-Hamilton writes to FM to protest “Visit Your Gran Tax”

Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Alex Cole-Hamilton has written to the First Minister to press her over whether carers, NHS staff, care home staff and visitors will continue to have access to free lateral flow tests after 1st May.

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“Keeping up with the Crown Prince” – government must stop palling around with despots and engage with UK energy producers

Liberal Democrat MP for Orkney and Shetland, Alistair Carmichael, has today challenged the Deputy Prime Minister on the Prime Minister’s visit to Saudi Arabia this week to seek alternative sources of energy, just days after the Saudi regime, led by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, launched a new wave of mass executions. Mr Carmichael warned the government that “appeasing murderous despots” would not lead to energy security and called for greater engagement with renewables producers and offshore oil and gas in this country to avoid further reliance on dictatorships.

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