Cole-Hamilton: FM's Queensferry Crossing claims ring hollow

Scottish Liberal Democrat MSP for Edinburgh Western Alex Cole-Hamilton today said claims from the First Minister that the first the SNP government heard about potential delays to the Queensferry Crossing project was in May ring hollow.

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Taking Scotland Forwards

Earlier this week, during the Taking Scotland Forwards debate, I set out our hopes for the next five years of SNP Government, where we can work together and where we think they need to do more.

Here's what I had to say:

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First Minister must stop trashing remain and make positive EU case

Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie MSP today invited the First Minister to join him on the EU campaign trail in North East Fife to make the positive case for a remain vote.

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New figures reveal extent of opencast coal damage

Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie MSP today said new figures on derelict land reveal the huge damage that the opencast coal mining industry has done in communities across Scotland.

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Rennie: no room for complacency on jobs

Commenting on the publication of new statistics on regional employment patterns in Scotland for 2015, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie MSP said:

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The Tories have taken their eye off the ball

This extremely bare Queen’s Speech is all about managing the divisions within the Conservative Party and very little to do with meeting the challenges facing our country.

Twelve months after a winning a general election where they promised to focus on the economy and public finances, David Cameron’s government is already running out of steam. This Queen’s speech ignored the big challenges we face on education, housing, investment, skills, and the environment.

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CAP Payments are an absolute shambles

One of the biggest scandals of the last couple of years has been the ongoing saga of delays to a new computer system that is supposed to ensure that farmers receive crucial EU payments on time.

Deadlines have been missed and missed again. The budget has ballooned by more than £70 million. And at the end of it all, we still don’t know whether we will have a working system by the EU deadline at the end of June. Farmers across Scotland are yet to get the money they are owed.

Farmers across Scotland are yet to get the money they are owed.

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Willie Rennie stands for First Minister

Today I stood for election as First Minister to set out the Liberal Democrats priorities for the next five years of the Scottish Parliament. Education. Mental health services. The environment and civil liberties. These are all things that need to be at the top of the Holyrood agenda for the next five years. 

While we got the result that was expected it was important to make clear to Nicola Sturgeon that these are the issues that she will need to focus on once work at parliament starts in earnest next week.

This was my speech to MSPs at Holyrood:

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Rennie warns police officers are stretched to breaking point

Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie MSP today warned police officers are being stretched to breaking point as new figures revealed Police Scotland owe officers 25,000 cancelled rest days.

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Rumbles calls for rule change to close Lochhead loophole

The newly appointed Business Manager for the Scottish Liberal Democrats, Mike Rumbles MSP, will today (Tuesday) seek cross-party agreement at the Parliament’s Business Bureau to allow the whole Parliament to have an early vote on the future of Richard Lochhead as a minister.

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