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  • Article: Oct 9, 2019

    Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has today criticised the Scottish Government for allowing the breast screening uptake rate to take a "downward slide", as new official figures confirmed uptake has been consistently falling on the SNP's watch.

    The Scottish Government minimal uptake target is 70%, set in 2011, was not met in 4 health boards: NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde (65.8%), NHS Lanarkshire (68%), NHS Lothian (69.2%) and NHS Fife (69.7%).

  • Article: Oct 9, 2019

    Responding to the government's statement setting out preparations for a no-deal exit from the European Union, Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP said:

    "There is no Brexit deal that is better than the deal we already enjoy as members of the European Union.

    "It's a dismal state of affairs that we're having to spend millions of pounds to prepare for a Boris Johnson Brexit that would devastate our economy and put thousands of people out of work. Precious time and money is being wasted on these dangerous plans.

    "No-deal would be extremely damaging to people across the whole of the UK. We must do all that we can to stop it."

  • Article: Oct 9, 2019

    Scottish Liberal Democrat transport spokesperson Mike Rumbles MSP has criticised the Transport Secretary, Michael Matheson, for failing to provide substantive answers to the specific questions put to him by MSPs on Prestwick Airport.

    After raising a point of order with the Presiding Officer Mike Rumbles commented:

  • Article: Oct 9, 2019

    Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Liam McArthur MSP has today demanded the Justice Secretary address the "extremely clear warnings" presented by the Head of the Scottish Prison Service to Holyrood's Justice Committee that prisons are over capacity and nearing their operational emergency limit.

  • Article: Oct 9, 2019
  • Article: Oct 8, 2019

    Responding to the news that performance against the A&E waiting time target has fallen to its lowest level since January, with only 85.7% of patients treated within 4 hours compared to the 95% target, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP commented:

    "Patients and the professionals that keep the NHS alive will be hugely frustrated that the government's performance target has been missed for years on end.

  • Article: Oct 7, 2019

    I am delighted to announce that Heidi Allen has joined the Liberal Democrats.

    I'm delighted to welcome Heidi to the party. She has been a tireless campaigner for a people's vote and has time and time again put the country's interests ahead of her own.

    I'm absolutely thrilled for Heidi to join our fantastic and ever-growing team and I know that her skills, experience and passion will be a real asset to our party.

  • Article: Oct 7, 2019

    When I became an MP in 2015, I could never have imagined we would find ourselves in this position. Through the prudent and practical decisions taken during the coalition years, the economy was recovering and our country was on the up.

    Coming from business, joining the Conservative Party seemed the logical thing to do. But two general elections and an EU referendum later, the landscape has shifted beyond all recognition.

  • Article: Oct 6, 2019
    By Tahir Maher

    Introduction

    The Liberal Democrats are a Federal Party comprising England, Scotland and Wales with all their powers defined by the Party's Constitution. This principle embodies one of our most deeply held core values, which is our belief in the devolution of power to the most appropriate level.

    Consequently, the separation of power between the Federal and State parties is enshrined in the Constitution, and can only be varied with the agreement of Federal Conference and the Conferences and Conventions of all three state parties.

  • Article: Oct 6, 2019
    By Tahir Maher

    This has undoubtedly been a great start to the year. Thanks go to all the local campaigners who over the years never gave up and continued to deliver Focuses, campaign and push the Lib Dem message in their communities. When the opportunity came following Tory mismanagement of Brexit, we were ready and prepared to secure gains in the local elections. Over seven hundred local council seats gained - fantastic!