Carmichael: Tories should put British economy above anti-immigration ideology

Responding to warnings from food and drink retailers that recent labour shortages in the food supply chain could "cancel Christmas". Home affairs spokesperson Alistair Carmichael MP said:

“The chaos and incompetence of this Government is now causing food shortages on supermarket shelves. Conservative Ministers need to get a grip.

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Cole-Hamilton highlights long covid risk as more than 5,000 covid cases reported

Responding to the announcement that Scotland has reported more than 5,000 coronavirus infections in a single day for the first time, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Alex Cole-Hamilton said:

"Breaking through 5,000 confirmed cases a day shows that this virus is still an active threat. Of these 5,000 many will be living with the consequences for months and years to come.

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Cole-Hamilton: Patients need new hope not re-packaged promises

Responding to the publication of the Scottish Government’s 26-page NHS Recovery Plan, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP commented:

“With A&E departments more stretched than ever and more than 200,000 operations lost to the pandemic, patients and NHS staff deserved more than wafer thin commitments and re-packaged promises. The government is chancing on money, redesign and technology to dig them out of a hole.

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Jardine calls on support for council to help Afghan refugees

Edinburgh West MP Christine Jardine has called for clarity in what support our two Governments will provide to local authorities such as Edinburgh City Council planning to welcome refugees fleeing the conflict in Afghanistan.

Edinburgh is preparing to welcome upwards of 50 refugees immediately who are fleeing the Taliban and the MP pointed out that the council will need both financial support and clarity on exactly how and how many people will need to be accommodated.

Ms Jardine described the situation as requiring “urgent clarity” after meeting the local authority.

She said: 

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Cole-Hamilton: 'Inquiry must lead to timely answers to important questions'

Responding to the Scottish Government’s announcement that the first steps will be taken towards establishing an inquiry into the handling of the COVID-19 pandemic in Scotland, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP said:

“There have been many distinctly Scottish problems during the pandemic. A distinct, judge-led inquiry is therefore essential.

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New record breaking waiting times in Scotland’s A&Es

Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has today challenged the Health Secretary to “up his game”, as new statistics more record breaking waiting times in Scotland’s A&E departments.

Public Health Scotland data shows that during the week ending 15 August 2021, only 76% of people attending A&E were processed within the 4 hours target established by the SNP. This is the new lowest percentage since this publication began in February 2015, and amounted to 6,113 people waiting more than four hours.

The number of people waiting more than 8 hours to be processed was 1,050, more than double what it was ten weeks ago.

Commenting, Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP said:

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Cole-Hamilton: 'Huge questions remain' on cervical screening programme

Responding to an update from the Scottish Government regarding the wrongful exclusion of women from the Scottish Cervical Screening Programme, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP said:

“This update only scratches the surface. Huge questions remain about how this error went undiscovered for so long, and why Ministers withheld details about it until after the election.

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Alex Cole-Hamilton is the new leader of the Scottish Liberal Democrats

Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP is today the new leader of the Scottish Liberal Democrats.

Speaking as the announcement was made at an event in his constituency, Mr Cole-Hamilton declared that Scotland needs “new hope”.

Alex Cole-Hamilton said:

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Stone calls out UK Government "catastrophic decisions" in Afghanistan

After the House of Commons was recalled for an emergency debate on the developing situation in Afghanistan, Highlands MP, Jamie Stone, has called out the UK Government for their "catastrophic decisions".
The debate was called after the news that the Taliban have taken Afghanistan's capital, with very little military resistance. Following the US, UK and other NATO ally withdrawals from the country, Afghanistan was left open for the taking. Since then, terrible scenes have emerged of thousands of Afghan's attempting to flee the forthcoming Taliban regime. 
After the debate, Mr Stone commented:
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Wishart responds to 2021-22 exams announcement

Responding to the announcement that exams will be planned for the 2021-22 year alongside two contingency arrangements, Scottish Liberal Democrat education spokesperson Beatrice Wishart MSP said:

“Requiring teachers to simultaneously plan for three separate eventualities may mean yet more workload strains. With some teachers still without jobs, the Scottish Government must make more permanent jobs available to help ease those burdens.

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