Cole-Hamilton reveals more than 850 babies born dependent on substances in four years

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has today said that new funding is needed for drug and alcohol services after new figures revealed more than 850 babies born dependent on substances since 2017. 

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Rennie calls for survey to assess how many teachers are out of work

Scottish Liberal Democrat education spokesperson Willie Rennie has today called for the Scottish Government to conduct a national survey of teachers to assess how many of them are currently unemployed or underemployed.

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McArthur urges government to take off brakes on electric vehicle loan scheme

Scottish Liberal Democrat climate emergency spokesperson Liam McArthur has today urged the Scottish Government to “take off the brakes” and expand a scheme to offer zero interest loans for electric vehicles in a move that could spread costs, reduce monthly bills by more than £100 and enable more people to make the switch.

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Special constables fall by 68% since police centralisation

Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Liam McArthur MSP has today warned the police’s Special Constabulary are a vanishing species after he revealed that their numbers have nosedived since the SNP’s police centralisation. 

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Cole-Hamilton calls for Scotland to match London’s rail discounts

Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Alex Cole-Hamilton has today set out plans to slash the cost of rail travel as part of a rapid emissions reduction programme aimed at encouraging people to ditch their cars in favour of climate-friendly transport.

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Drivers with up to 23 points on their licence still on the road

Scottish Liberal Democrat transport spokesperson Jill Reilly has today revealed that almost 180 drivers with 12 points or more on their record are still behind the wheel on Scotland’s roads as she called for an examination of whether persistent offenders are being properly dealt with.

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Alex Cole-Hamilton’s New Year’s message

Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Alex Cole-Hamilton said:

“The turn of the year is a time of renewal, of looking ahead to the year to come - but it’s also a time to reflect on the year that’s just passed.

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Up to 20,000 hours a month of ambulance staffing going unfilled thanks to SNP failures

Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Alex Cole-Hamilton has today called on the Health Secretary to apologise to ambulance staff and patients after he revealed that the proportion of shifts going unfilled in Scotland’s ambulance service has been steadily increasing since 2019. 

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Cole-Hamilton reveals shocking catalogue of children’s mental health failures

Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Alex Cole-Hamilton warned of “torturous” waits to access child and adolescent mental health services, as he unveiled research by his party which reveals hundreds of children waiting more than two years for treatment and a shocking report of almost seven years for one young person to get support. 

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Almost 150,000 nursing and midwifery days lost to mental ill health

Scottish Liberal Democrat leader health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton has today revealed that almost 150,000 days, or 410 years of nursing and midwifery staff time were lost to mental ill health in one year alone as he urgently called for the Government to back his party’s plans for an emergency Burnout Prevention Plan. 

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