McArthur: SNP presiding over wave of sexual and violent crime

McArthur: SNP presiding over wave of sexual and violent crime 

Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Liam McArthur has today criticised a planned wave of SNP cuts to justice as recorded crime figures showed a surge in violent and sexual crime. 

 

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A&E Crisis: number of people waiting more than four hours second worst ever

A&E Crisis: number of people waiting more than four hours second worst ever

Responding to figures from Public Health Scotland showing an increase in A&E waiting times and the second worst statistics on record for the number of people waiting over four hours (8,631 record), Scottish Liberal Democrat leader and health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP commented: 

"Waiting times in our A&E departments are getting worse. Week after week we are seeing NHS patients and staff in need of new hope, but little significant action from this SNP/Green Government to provide it. 

"Patients deserve to be seen for treatment quickly and close to home, and staff shouldn’t be constantly overwhelmed, but under the SNP that seems less likely than ever.  

"The Health Secretary must finally listen to Scottish Liberal Democrat calls for a Burnout Prevention Strategy which would give staff extra protection and make plans to create a Health and Social Care Staff Assembly, which would put staff voices at the heart of resolving this crisis." 

ENDS

Notes to Editors: 

  • 68.1% of attendances at A&E services were seen and resulted in a subsequent admission, transfer or discharge within 4 hours. For the weeks ending 12 June, the figure was 69.2% for both 
  • 2,262 patients waited over 8 hours and 793 waited over 12 hours, an increase from 2,235 the previous week. 

      You can find the figures here 
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SNP obsession with breaking up the UK is the problem

Speaking ahead of Nicola Sturgeon’s statement to the Scottish Parliament on Tuesday, setting out her plans for another referendum to break up the UK, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Alex Cole-Hamilton said:  

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Scotland needs abortion decriminalisation and end to long journeys

Speaking after he attended the First Minister’s summit on abortion rights alongside campaign groups including Back Off Scotland, BPAS and Rape Crisis Scotland, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Alex Cole-Hamilton has today said that government support for proposals for buffer zones around Scottish abortion clinics, “must be the base camp, not the summit of our ambition when it comes to protecting and expanding women’s reproductive rights.”  

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Scottish Government memo reveals draft laws were changed to secure Queen’s approval

Commenting on the Scottish Government memo obtained by the Guardian which reveals that “it is almost certain” draft laws were secretly changed to secure the Queen’s approval, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Alex Cole-Hamilton said:

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Cole-Hamilton: Blackford must go

Commenting after Patrick Grady suspended his membership of the SNP, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP said:

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Cole-Hamilton calls for buffer zones legislation at abortion summit

On Monday Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Alex Cole-Hamilton will attend the First Minister’s summit on abortion rights and demand urgent legislation to deliver buffer zones.  

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Derek Mackay latest “slopey shoulders” on Ferguson Marine

Responding to Derek Mackay’s written evidence to the Public Audit Committee, Scottish Liberal Democrat economy spokesperson Willie Rennie MSP said:

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Cole-Hamilton: Lib Dems are parking tractors on Tory lawns

Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Alex Cole-Hamilton has today declared that the Lib Dems are parking their tractors on Tory lawns and that his party can speak for rural communities across the country, after the Liberal Democrats stormed to victory in the Tiverton & Honiton by-election.

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Nationalised ScotRail shells out £100,000 on delay repay payments in two months

Scottish Liberal Democrats have today revealed that in its first two months the newly nationalised ScotRail franchise paid out more than £100,000 in delay repay payments. 

Across April and May 2022, 7,770 claims were paid out totalling £107,439.49.

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