Deploy the Army to get food onto shelves and avoid Christmas chaos

The Liberal Democrats are calling on the Government to send in the Army to deliver food to supermarkets, as immigration chaos fuels a growing shortage of lorry drivers.

The country has endured a summer of shortage chaos with empty supermarket shelves, restaurant food shortages, and even delays to flu jabs. 

The call from the Liberal Democrats comes as the Road Haulage Association warns of a shortage of 100,000 HGV drivers and the CBI have recently said there could be up to 2 years of Labour shortages.

The Lib Dems have slammed the Government’s new immigration system, implemented in the middle of the Covid pandemic, which makes it impossible for employers to recruit lorry drivers, care workers and other key workers from overseas.

The call from the Liberal Democrats comes as the Road Haulage Association warns of a shortage of 100,000 HGV drivers and the CBI have recently said there could be up to 2 years of Labour shortages.

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Cole-Hamilton: Ironclad plan needed to eradicate mental health waits

Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Alex Cole-Hamilton today said the Scottish Government must show it has “an ironclad plan” to bring down mental health waits after new statistics showed 2,138 children waiting over a year for mental health treatment.

Quarterly Public Health Scotland statistics also show 5,000 adults waiting over a year.

The 18 week treatment target was missed for more than 1 in 4 children and young people (27.4%) while 17.3% of adults weren’t seen on time.

Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP commented:

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Scottish Liberal Democrats submit Urgent Question on A&E 'meltdown'

Scottish Liberal Democrats have today requested an Urgent Question be heard in the Scottish Parliament in response to record breaking waits in A&E departments for the fourth consecutive week.

In the week ending 29 August 2021, 7,105 people waited longer than four hours to be processed after attending A&E, breaching the SNP’s waiting times target for 25.8% of patients.

In NHS Forth Valley, almost half of patients (43%) waited longer than four hours to be seen.

Commenting, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP said:

“The situation in emergency departments is desperate. Hospitals are under insurmountable and unprecedented pressure. People are suffering as a result.  

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Cole-Hamilton: Whistle-blower accounts show contact tracing 'meltdown'

Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP today called for an “emergency recruitment drive” for contact tracers, as whistle-blower reports reveal that Test and Protect are being forced to close cases before contact has been made because the service is under such strain.

This follows Scottish Liberal Democrat research that found positive cases waiting up to a week before being interviewed in the midst of the summer peak. Case numbers are now significantly higher, breaching 7,000 a day last week.

Mr Cole-Hamilton said:

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Plea for Greens to stand up to SNP on Covid ID cards

“Don’t get pushed around,” Rennie appeals to party’s MSPs.

The former Leader of the Scottish Liberal Democrats has appealed to the parliament’s seven Green MSPs not to get pushed around by the SNP on the covid ID cards vote in the Scottish Parliament next week.

The plea from Willie Rennie comes following Patrick Harvie’s repeated refusal to say how he would vote despite being a strong critic of the measure only a few weeks ago.

Willie Rennie said:

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Cole- Hamilton: Scotland should provide sanctuary to refugees

Speaking after a debate on supporting the people of Afghanistan where his amendment was backed by the Scottish Parliament, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP said:

“I am delighted the chamber agreed to my amendment, which sets out how the UK and Scottish Governments should go further to help Afghan refugees.

“Given the scale of this crisis, helping 20,000 people resettle should be the starting point, not the limit to the ambition. The Scottish Government should proactively evidence how we can help and show our readiness to make that case.

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Cole-Hamilton: Liberal Democrats will oppose Covid ID cards.

Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP today laid out an emphatic opposition to so-called Covid ID cards, as the First Minister responded to his opening First Minister’s Question as leader of the Scottish Liberal Democrats.  

Scottish Liberal Democrats have been vocal opponents of the move towards Covid ID cards, citing practical and principled problems with the dangerous precedent.

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Time for Scotland to show its ready to provide sanctuary to thousands of Afghan refugees

Speaking ahead of a Scottish Government debate on supporting the people of Afghanistan on Thursday 2nd September, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Alex Cole-Hamilton has called on Scottish ministers to set out concrete commitments to help refugees from Afghanistan as part of the cross-party effort to persuade the UK Government to lift its “woeful” ambitions.

Mr Cole-Hamilton is asking for local authorities to be given additional funding to enable them to provide homes and support, but said the case for providing sanctuary to thousands more can be strengthened by the Scottish Government fully detailing Scotland’s capacity to help.

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Liberal Democrats oppose SNP/Green medical ID cards

Responding to the First Minister’s announcement of the introduction this month of medical ID cards to enter larger venues, clubs and sporting events, with the potential for expansion to other sectors and areas of society, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Alex Cole-Hamilton said:

“This Government has moved effectively to a position where people will now be compelled to show evidence of their medical records in order to access certain freedoms. This is an illiberal step and a dangerous precedent.

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Report shows action needed to prevent another year of stop-start schooling

New figures released today by Public Health Scotland show that 38.1% of school pupils who tested positive for COVID-19, passed the virus on to at least one other pupil, based on assumed class contact tracing by their having 10 or more contacts.

The report also indicates that the risk of further infections increased in the later part of last year, as new variants with increased transmissibility increased the likelihood of infections passing on in school settings.

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