SNP u-turn on period poverty bill

Responding to the news that the Scottish Government will now support Monica Lennon’s bill on free period products, despite previously withdrawing its support, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP said:

“People inside and outside the SNP told them that their opposition to the bill that would tackle period poverty was unjustifiable and I’m glad they’ve seen sense and caved. A lack of period products shouldn’t be getting in the way of women’s lives or education.

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Education Scotland reject classroom resources review, leaving kids “tinkering with broken equipment”

Speaking ahead of Wednesday’s Education Committee discussing STEM teaching in early years education, Scottish Liberal Democrat education spokesperson Beatrice Wishart MSP has criticised Education Scotland for dismissing evidence that teachers and parents are having to stump up for basic classroom resources and arguing children can get by with activities including “tinkering with broken equipment”.

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Lib Dems call on Labour to join progressive alliance for electoral reform

Liberal Democrat constitutional affairs spokesperson and North East Fife MP Wendy Chamberlain has today written to the three Labour leadership candidates calling on them to join a progressive alliance in favour of electoral reform.

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Only one third of flood protection schemes have been completed

As Storm Dennis buffets the country, Scottish Liberal Democrat rural affairs spokesperson Mike Rumbles MSP has called on the Scottish Government to scale up flood protection as he revealed that only a third of flood protection schemes identified for delivery by 2021 have been completed.

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Scottish Ambulance Service spent almost 2,000 hours dealing with malicious calls

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has today warned malicious calls to the Scottish Ambulance Service are putting lives at risk as new figures revealed that in the past five years there have been more than 7,000 malicious emergency calls requiring almost 2,000 hours of staff time.

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Scottish and UK Governments “point scoring” instead of making progress on drugs deaths

Responding to the announcement that the Scottish Government will hold a drugs conference in Glasgow, the day before the UK Government holds its own drugs summit in the city, Scottish Liberal Democrat public health spokesperson Rosemary Bruce said:

“The Scottish and UK Governments ought to be working together to solve this crisis, not engaging in petty point scoring by holding separate conferences on the same issue in the same city only a day apart.

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Long overdue report must address risk of future Queensferry Crossing closures

Commenting on the closure of the Queensferry Crossing, Scottish Liberal Democrat MSP Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP, whose Edinburgh Western constituency contains the southern end of the bridge, said:

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Johnson and Sturgeon must “get a grip” and ensure COP26 happens in Glasgow

Scottish Liberal Democrat MP Alistair Carmichael has today called on the UK and Scottish Governments to “get a grip” and ensure that the COP26 conference happens in Glasgow, as reports suggest that officials have begun probing alternative venues in London.

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Rennie urges standards committee to reconsider recall measures for MSPs

Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie has urged the Scottish Parliament’s standards committee to reconsider introducing measures to allow constituents to recall MSPs.

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Lib Dems launch bid to subject all elected officials to PVG checks

Scottish Liberal Democrat Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has today announced that he will bid to make MSPs and all other elected members in Scotland subject to a PVG check, introducing a new safeguards for children and vulnerable adults and helping protect against people using elected status as a platform for predatory or exploitative behaviour.

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