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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Chamberlain: Home Office is not fit for purpose

Liberal Democrat Constitutional Affairs spokesperson Wendy Chamberlain MP has branded the Home Office as ‘not fit for purpose’  as she tabled an amendment to an SNP motion due to be heard in the House of Commons on Tuesday afternoon.

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Budget needs to do more to support local government and the environment

Commenting on this afternoon’s budget statement, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie said:

“This is a budget that is going to need substantial revisions.

“We need to see serious efforts to support local government, the police, mental health, nursery education and the environment.

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Review of curriculum must make Scottish education the best again

Commenting on the full review of Scotland’s curriculum announced by the Cabinet Secretary for Education, Scottish Liberal Democrat education spokesperson Beatrice Wishart MSP said:

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Health bosses must begin “arduous task” of restoring trust in NHS Tayside

Responding to the Independent Inquiry into Mental Health Services in Tayside which warns of “a breakdown of trust in many aspects of the provision of mental health services in Tayside” and makes 51 recommendations for improving services, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP said:

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Lib Dems demand action on “homeless deaths emergency”

Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has today demanded both of Scotland’s governments urgently adopt new policies to tackle the “emergency” of homeless deaths, after the first ever statistics for Scotland revealed 195 homeless people died in 2018 - 4 a week.

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December figures show worst ever A&E performance

Responding to confirmation that in December 2019, four, eight and twelve hour waits at A&E were the worst on record, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP said:

“The SNP Health Secretary said that she would turn round years of decline, but these figures confirm that she has spectacularly failed.

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McArthur: UN referral shows need for more community sentencing

Responding to the news that the number of community payback orders issued fell by 1,500 (8%) last year, Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Liam McArthur MSP commented:

“For years we have heard the Scottish Government talk about maximising the use of community sentences, but these new figures show that their use has dropped for the third year in a row.

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Costs for Sick Kids ghost hospital continue to grow as £140k shelled out for staff each month

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has today voiced concern about the mounting and “colossal costs” of the unopened Sick Kids hospital, as he revealed staff costs for the empty hospital are topping £139,000 a month.

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Lib Dems reveal more than 375,000 images have been added to the Police National Database since 2014

Research revealed today by the Scottish Liberal Democrats shows that 375,305 images were supplied to the Police National database from Police Scotland’s Criminal History System since 2014, without a clear legislative requirement for their deletion if the person pictured is found to be innocent.

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