Cole-Hamilton: Do you want local champions or SNP excuses?

Campaigning in Rutherglen, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Alex Cole-Hamilton has today set out the choice in front of voters in Thursday’s council election. 

Mr Cole-Hamilton said that voters could choose between Liberal Democrat candidates who would offer new hope to Scotland by focusing on key priorities such as insulating every home in Scotland, getting new staff into GP surgeries and reforming business rates to reinvigorate high streets, or SNP candidates who obsess over independence and support a national government that cuts council budgets. 

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Operations 20% down on pre-pandemic levels

Responding to Public Health Scotland showing the number of operations scheduled remains more than 20% below pre-pandemic levels of NHS activity, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP commented:

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Abortion rights should be protected on both sides of the Atlantic

Responding to documents leaked to Politico indicating that the US Supreme Court is set to overturn Roe v. Wade and the continued failure of the Scottish Government to introduce buffer zones around abortion clinics in Scotland, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Alex Cole-Hamilton said:

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Cole-Hamilton: Delayed discharges up 58% in a year

Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Alex Cole-Hamilton has today called on the Scottish Government to stop their centralisation mission and get to grips with the social care crisis after new figures show a 58% year-on-year increase in delayed discharges.

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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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