SNP should focus on keeping people safe and healthy, not independence

Responding to the comments from SNP Westminster leader Ian Blackford in which he said that the SNP is focusing all of its efforts on securing a second independence vote this year, Scottish Liberal Democrat MSP Alex Cole-Hamilton said:

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Lib Dem proposals to subject politicians to PVGs to be put to committee vote

Scottish Liberal Democrat MSP Alex Cole-Hamilton has lodged a series of amendments to the Disclosure (Scotland) Bill which would require all elected members in Scotland to undergo a PVG check before they can spend time unsupervised with children or vulnerable adults, safeguarding against exploitative or predatory behaviour.

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Billions wasted to cover up Tory Brexit mess

Responding to a National Audit Office (NAO) report which found that by 31 January 2020 departments had spent at least £4.4 billion of the £6.3 billion allocated for Brexit preparations, Liberal Democrat Brexit Spokesperson Alistair Carmichael said:

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Sturgeon should order SNP MPs off Putin’s propaganda channel

Commenting on Kenny Macaskill MP appearing on the Alex Salmond Show this morning, Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP said:

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Six Nations must remain accessible to all

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“Pull out all the stops” to guarantee childcare rollout

Scottish Liberal Democrat education spokesperson Beatrice Wishart MSP has demanded the government “pull out all the stops” to ensure high quality childcare is in place by the end of the summer as promised, after Audit Scotland reported serious concerns about nursery infrastructure and staff recruitment.

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Record health and social care delays build pressure on NHS

Responding to the news that 1,314 people were stuck in hospital for health and social care reasons in January, the highest number recorded by the census since the current system began in 2016, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP commented:

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Domestic abuse bill needs strengthened to support all survivors

Responding to the Government’s publication of the Domestic Abuse Bill, Liberal Democrat Home Affairs Spokesperson Christine Jardine said:

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Cole-Hamilton: Put strained A&E departments on a steady footing now

Responding to the news that performance against the A&E waiting time target fell last week, with just 83.7% of patients treated within 4 hours, 928 patients waiting over 8 hours and 333 patients waiting over 12 hours, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP commented:

“The next few months could be very difficult for staff in the NHS across Scotland.

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Cole-Hamilton: Record 861 young people wait over a year for CAMHS

Responding to the news that just 66.4% of children and young people are being seen within 18 weeks for mental health treatment, with a record 861 children and young people waiting over a year, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP commented:

“The SNP Government is failing a generation of young people. The consequences of waiting anything up to two years for treatment are devastating. Problems that start small are becoming crises as help arrives too late. 

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