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  • Article: Dec 7, 2018

    Scottish Liberal Democrat MSP Alex Cole-Hamilton has today lodged a motion calling for the Scottish Parliament to be empowered to hold the Scottish Government in contempt, following the historic vote in Westminster this week and in light of the Education Secretary continuing with the policy of P1 national testing in breach of an instruction from the Scottish Parliament to halt it.

  • Article: Dec 6, 2018

    Scottish Liberal Democrat transport spokesperson Mike Rumbles has today attacked the Scottish Government's management of the AWPR contract, after a Scottish Parliament committee was told that the project could now cost up to £1 billion.

    At this morning's Rural Affairs and Connectivity committee, Stephen Tarr of Balfour Beatty said that the AWPR project could now cost up to £1 billion. It was also confirmed that if additional claims are not settled by Transport Scotland, contractors may seek to launch a legal challenge if no agreement is reached.

  • Article: Dec 6, 2018

    Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton has today said that new leadership at NHS Tayside must tackle deep-rooted failures as a new report from the Auditor General warned that "urgent action is needed" to address NHS Tayside's financial position.

    The Auditor General's report on NHS Tayside's audited accounts for 2017/18 found:

  • Article: Dec 6, 2018

    Speaking after the Scottish Parliament voted for a cross-party motion, rejecting the Prime Minister's Brexit deal and ruling out a no-deal Brexit, Scottish Liberal Democrat Europe spokesperson Tavish Scott MSP said:

    "The Scottish Tories are the last people defending Theresa May's deal. Few Tory MP's in London do.

  • Article: Dec 5, 2018

    Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie has today said that the Scottish Parliament's imminent rejection of the Prime Minister's deal and a no deal scenario will demonstrate the "rising tide" of support for a People's Vote.

    The SNP, Labour, the Scottish Greens and the Liberal Democrats in the Scottish Parliament have agreed a motion, opposing the Prime Minister's Withdrawal Agreement and Political Declaration.

  • Article: Dec 5, 2018

    Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP today warned that the Scottish Government's new drug and alcohol strategy risked "another decade of failure" and laid out the party's 10-point plan to meet the ambition to treat drug misuse as a health rather than a criminal issue.

  • Article: Dec 4, 2018

    Responding to BMA Scotland's concerns than NHS consultant vacancies are "substantially higher" than reported in official figures, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP said:

    "The apparent extent of hidden consultant vacancies is staggering. There's no way the Scottish Government can take effective action to counter shortages if they're working off wildly wrong numbers.

  • Article: Dec 4, 2018

    Scottish Liberal Democrat energy spokesperson Liam McArthur MSP has today warned SNP ministers that they must not "re-define away" fuel poverty rather than address the underlying issues as new figures showed that 1 in 4 households were fuel poor last year.

    The first data releases from the Scottish House Condition Survey 2017 showed "no real change" with 24.9% of households (613,000) fuel poor and 7.0% (174,000) living in extreme fuel poverty.

  • Article: Dec 4, 2018

    Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP today said it was a "disgrace" that more children are waiting over a year for mental health treatment, after new statistics also showed more than 3 in 10 children waiting beyond the treatment target.

    The ISD Scotland figures showed 313 children and young people waiting over a year for treatment, compared to 209 for the previous quarter.

  • Article: Dec 4, 2018

    Responding to the news that 522 operations were cancelled in October for capacity or non-clinical reasons, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP commented:

    "Hundreds of patients have had their operations cancelled in October alone through no fault of their own.

    "Cancelled operations cause huge disruption to the lives of patients and their families. They can be detrimental to people's physical and mental health too. When you have waited for an operation, often in pain or discomfort, it's a huge blow to find out it has been cancelled.