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Scottish Liberal Democrats Demand Better

  • Article: Sep 23, 2021

    Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Alex Cole-Hamilton has today backed Liam McArthur MSP's Assisted Dying Bill.

    Mr Cole-Hamilton said:

    "I am proud of my colleague Liam McArthur who launches the consultation on his Bill to introduce Assisted Dying today.

    I want the choice, if I'm in agony and beyond the reach of palliative care, to say 'this far and no further.'

  • Article: Sep 23, 2021

    Commenting on the news that life expectancy fell in 2018 - 2020, reversing the trend of recent years, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Alex Cole-Hamilton demanded that the SNP must "get a grip on the things that really matter".

    Life expectancy in Scotland has increased since the early 1980s but then remained virtually unchanged between 2012-2014 and 2017-2019. In the most recent year it has now dropped below the 2012-2014 figure.

  • Article: Sep 22, 2021

    Boris Johnson's failure to defend our 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.

    Imagine a future where our children's education is a priority. Where schools raise their mental well-being and their maths grades. Where they can excel at English and find their talent for music or sport. Where they grow into happy, healthy, adults.

  • Article: Sep 22, 2021

    Speaking after he responded to the Lord Advocate's statement on diversion from prosecution, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP said:

    "Scottish Liberal Democrat requested this statement back in June, and I was grateful to see her here today, despite the empty answer.

    "The government has insisted for years that diversion has been an important response, but we've just discovered today that it only happened 57 times in 2017/18.

  • Article: Sep 22, 2021

    Responding to the Night Time Industries Association Scotland launching a legal challenge against the Scottish Government's Covid ID card policy, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Alex Cole-Hamilton said:

    "Rather than recognise that Covid ID cards are not an effective or proportionate solution, the Scottish Government have expanded the scope of the policy sucking in a host of venues who did not expect to be included.

  • Article: Sep 21, 2021

    Responding to the First Minister's Covid update to parliament, Scottish Liberal Democrat Leader Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP said:

    "I am grateful that the First Minister has answered my call to exempt under 18s from Covid ID cards but with only ten days to go, there are still too many unanswered questions around the scheme.

  • Article: Sep 21, 2021

    Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Liam McArthur MSP has today demanded the Scottish Government respond to research stating that no recommendations to improve practice are made in nine out of ten fatal accident inquiries into deaths in prison.

    Research by Scottish Liberal Democrats in 2019 previously found decade long delays to the investigations into deaths outside prisons. The Scottish Government and the Lord Advocate promised resources and improvements in response but still decade long delays occur.

  • Article: Sep 21, 2021

    Responding to the new record waits in A&E departments across the country, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has said that the Health Secretary must now come to parliament "to answer for his job", and offer "seismic" changes.

    During the week ending 12 September 2021, only 71.5% of those who attended A&E services were seen and processed within the target of four hours. This is significantly worse than the previous record low of 74.2%.

  • Article: Sep 20, 2021

    In 2019/20, 4.9 million women were victims of sexual assault in England and Wales. This statistic is appalling. We must put an end to this.

    The justice system is failing victims of domestic abuse. Only 2.4% of reported rape cases end in convictions. Out of 139,000 rapes estimated by the ONS, only 58,848 were reported to the police.

  • Article: Sep 20, 2021

    What a conference we've had!

    From motions to keynote speeches to training, there was something for everyone and the quality of debate was, as ever, excellent.

    We also got a huge amount of press coverage. Our stunning win in Chesham and Amersham has put us back in the spotlight - and the media are beginning to see that only we can dismantle the Tory Blue Wall.