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.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
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:Read more
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.Read more
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:Read more
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.Read more
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:Read more
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.Read more