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  • Article: Jul 11, 2018

    Responding to confirmation that the number of Scottish households is expected to increase by around a third over the next two decades, Scottish Liberal Democrat MSP Alex Cole-Hamilton has called on the Scottish Government to back Lib Dem calls for a National Care and Accommodation Exchange.

    Household numbers are expected to increase by 317,000 by 2041. The number of households headed by someone over the age of 70 is expected to increase by 58%.

  • Article: Jul 10, 2018

    Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has today chastised the government for missing its own stroke targets by a huge margin.

    64% of stroke victims were reported to have been given appropriate care (as outlined in the Scottish Stroke Care Standards). The Scottish Government target for appropriate care is 80%.

  • Article: Jul 10, 2018

    Responding to Donald Trump's comments ahead of his UK visit, Liberal Democrat foreign affairs spokesperson Christine Jardine MP said:

    "Despite his warm words about friendship with Boris, I hope Donald Trump won't be under any illusion he's in for a warm reception in Scotland.

    "The vast majority of Scots don't subscribe to his divisive and hateful views on immigration, family unification, LGBT rights, human rights, and pretty much everything else. The Liberal Democrats will be peacefully protesting his horrible politics."

  • Theresa May.
    Article: Jul 10, 2018
    By Liberal Democrats

    Theresa May tried to portray strength as her Cabinet decamped to Chequers to review her Brexit plans. Rebels ministers were warned they would lose their official cars if they resigned, with taxis on standby to shuttle the disloyal back to London.

    This was May's moment to bring her Cabinet in line.

    For a moment, it appeared that May had managed to quietly stifle dissent. Then the dam broke.

  • Article: Jul 10, 2018

    Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has criticised the Scottish Government for letting performance against the 4-hour A&E waiting time target slip once again.

    New ISD statistics published today show only 90.8% of those attending A&E were seen within 4 hours. The Scottish Government's target is 95%. This has not been achieved since July 2017.

  • Article: Jul 9, 2018

    Responding to the news that the Scottish Government has extended Ineos' fracking licence in the area to the south and west of Falkirk, Liberal Democrat MSP Alex Cole-Hamilton said:

    "The Scottish Government's stance on fracking is erratic and nonsensical. Extending Ineos' licence in Falkirk sits at odds with their resolute anti-fracking rhetoric.

  • Article: Jul 9, 2018

    Responding to new research by Ipsos Mori which has found that 9,830 EU nationals who work in social care and childcare in Scotland face an uncertain future because of Brexit, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP said:

    "Brexit jeopardises the futures of 10,000 of our precious care staff, just as it threatens our economy, the NHS, universities and businesses.

  • Article: Jul 9, 2018

    Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has called on the Mental Health Minister to look into the "culture of care" at Carseview as a matter of urgency following revelations about the mistreatment of its mental health patients in a BBC documentary last night.

    Former patients claimed restraint practices were being used violently and repeatedly and illegal drugs were available on wards.

  • The union flag flying next to the EU flag.
    Article: Jul 9, 2018

    Bluntly, David Davis' resignation today makes it clear: this government is up shit creek without a paddle.

    It is obvious to all - Brexiters and Remainers alike - that Theresa May cannot deliver on Brexit.

    This is most important issue in a generation and the government has failed.

    "This Government is up s**t creek without a paddle"

  • Article: Jul 8, 2018

    Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie has today written to the Lord Advocate urging him to ensure that a fatal accident inquiry (FAI) into the tragic M9 crash is conducted as soon as possible.

    It has now been three years since the deaths of John Yuill and Lamara Bell on the M9 in July 2015.

    Mr Rennie wrote: