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Scottish Liberal Democrats Demand Better

  • Article: Sep 27, 2021

    Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has today written to the Scottish Human Rights Commission (SHRC) to ask them to begin a statutory inquiry into whether the Scottish Government are in breach of equality laws over the implementation of its Covid ID card scheme, scheduled to come into force on 1st October.

  • Article: Sep 27, 2021

    Responding to the Scottish Government announcing £1m per year to eliminate the stigma around mental health, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Alex Cole-Hamilton said:

    "Reducing stigma while completely failing to resource the care and treatment that people who struggle need is yet another example of the SNP's half-hearted work to improve Scotland's mental health.

  • Article: Sep 27, 2021

    Your email open rates are about go up - and this is a problem (sorry!)

    Yesterday, Apple released iOS15, the latest version of their operating system for iPhones and iPads.

    In that is a new feature called "Mail Privacy Protection". (MPP)

    It's a very sensible and reasonable change that will improve your online experience and privacy and is something to be welcomed.

  • Article: Sep 27, 2021

    On World Tourism Day (Monday 27th September), Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Alex Cole-Hamilton has expressed his concerns over the continuous disruption faced by the tourism sector over the past 18 months, and warned that Scotland's reputation as a holiday destination would suffer unless the Scottish Government steps up.

  • Article: Sep 24, 2021

    Responding to UK Hospitality Scotland Executive Director Leon Thompson's comments on Good Morning Scotland, in which he noted

    "We are seven days from this coming in, we haven't seen the regulations that the government are still drafting, we haven't seen any guidance from the Scottish Government and the government hasn't produced any business impact assessment or indeed a quality impact assessment either, so we are really still very much in the dark",

  • Article: Sep 23, 2021

    Responding to this afternoon's statement on Decarbonising Scotland's Transport , Beatrice Wishart MSP said:

    "The transport minister said twice that demand for aviation must fall if transport is to do its part in meeting Scotland's climate targets But that is incompatible with this Government's actions and their contract with Heathrow.

  • Article: Sep 23, 2021

    Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Alex Cole-Hamilton has today warned that unless the Scottish Government ditch their controversial Covid ID scheme they risk discriminating against young, poor and ethnic minority Scots and driving night time businesses to the wall.

    Today the Scottish Government published more information about their Vaccine Certification proposals including confirmation that the scheme will apply from Friday 1 October (from 5 am) "until further notice", and Ministers will hold the power to extend the regulations on a three-weekly basis. However, there is still no sign of the relevant regulations or impact assessments, and additional staffing or infrastructure costs will be met by businesses.

  • Article: Sep 23, 2021

    In our new film, Ed Davey sets out a vision for a fair deal for future generations.

    Boris Johnson's failure to defend children's education meant that his Government spent the same amount in one month on Eat Out To Help Out as in a whole year for our children's school catch-up.

    We're offering a new bulk-buy deal for England on digital advertising to show the film to voters in your area.

  • Article: Sep 23, 2021

    Autumn Virtual Conference 2021 was a smorgasbord of policy-making, debate, fringe sessions, training and incredible speeches. So you'd be forgiven for missing something or other. Catch up on all the weekend's major events with our Autumn Conference 2021 Recapped.

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  • Article: Sep 23, 2021

    Scottish Liberal Democrats have today said that a new report from the Mental Welfare Commission which found differences in the ways the Mental Health Act is applied when people from ethnic minorities are detained for mental health care and treatment compared to white Scottish people, particularly between black women and white Scottish women, must prompt a new emphasis on training for staff and support for patients.