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Scottish Parliament: Lothian Buses (Suspension of Services) (18 Mar 2021)

Alex Cole-Hamilton: I echo the recognition of bus drivers as key workers and heroes during the pandemic. They have worked under constant threat of infection; they do not need to work under threat of abuse. The matter started with a moratorium on evening services in the Clermiston area of my constituency, because of a recent spate of antisocial behaviour by young people travelling from all over the city to the...

Scottish Parliament: Testing Strategy (17 Mar 2021)

Alex Cole-Hamilton: We have heard several times this afternoon that we are using only a third of our daily testing capacity. Although I understand that the Government will not prioritise key workers such as front-line police officers in the vaccine roll-out, perhaps it can prioritise them in the testing roll-out. We are testing control room staff—that is understandable—but when can we start testing our vital...

Scottish Parliament: United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (Incorporation) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (16 Mar 2021)

Alex Cole-Hamilton: I wish to speak in favour of all the amendments in the group, but particularly amendment 40, in the name of Mark Griffin. That he has submitted it speaks to Mark’s contribution to the chamber over the years in terms of his dedication to speech and language. It speaks to the values of the bill that we are passing, and in particular article 12, which is about hearing the voice of the child....

Scottish Parliament: United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (Incorporation) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (16 Mar 2021)

Alex Cole-Hamilton: I support Mary Fee’s amendment 46, which is important to children and young people and the children and young people’s sector. In many ways, what is proposed represents the only way in which children and young people can hold the Parliament to account when it comes to making rights real. I understand the concerns that Andy Wightman raised but I do not think that they are insurmountable....

Scottish Parliament: United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (Incorporation) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (16 Mar 2021)

Alex Cole-Hamilton: I support amendments 34 and 35. I moved the amendment at stage 2 that provided for commencement after six months rather than 12, and I congratulate the Government on lodging amendments 34 and 35 and on its ambition. Children and young people in Scotland want the rights and protections that incorporation of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child will afford them yesterday....

Scottish Parliament: United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (Incorporation) (Scotland) Bill (16 Mar 2021)

Alex Cole-Hamilton: It gives me great pride to speak in support of the bill tonight. Before I do, I want to say a word about my good friend Mary Fee. It is because of her that I know the French word for Sellotape, after I helped her fix her glasses on a committee trip to Strasbourg; that children of prisoners will now always be considered in relation to sentencing; and that Gypsy Travellers will remain in the...

Scottish Parliament: Edinburgh Airport (Routes) (11 Mar 2021)

Alex Cole-Hamilton: 3. To ask the Scottish Government what the impact might be of any reduction in the number of routes served by Edinburgh airport following the lifting of the Covid-19 restrictions. (S5O-05108)

Scottish Parliament: Edinburgh Airport (Routes) (11 Mar 2021)

Alex Cole-Hamilton: I am very grateful for that answer. Airport managers have confirmed to me that the Administration has conducted no impact analysis as to the long-term effects of the emergency on air travel. There is no route map out of the quarantine hotel requirements, and there has been no assessment of their impact on medium or long-range bookings. The industry is on its knees, yet the task force...

Scottish Parliament: Motion of No Confidence (10 Mar 2021)

Alex Cole-Hamilton: It gives me no pleasure whatsoever to rise to speak in favour of the motion. We have better things to be doing with our time. By rights, we should be focused on other things right now. We are, after all, in the last days of a parliamentary session and in the teeth of a global pandemic. By rights, the Salmond inquiry should have concluded months ago, with complainers allowed to forget about...

Scottish Parliament: Mental Health (17 Feb 2021)

Alex Cole-Hamilton: As he leaves the chamber, I say to the Deputy First Minister that he undermines the Government position with such personal and shabby attacks during a serious debate. I hope that the Government will reflect on its tone. The Liberal Democrats have brought this motion to the chamber—[ Interruption .]

Scottish Parliament: Mental Health (17 Feb 2021)

Alex Cole-Hamilton: I will not right now, thank you. The Liberal Democrats have brought the motion to the chamber because, quite simply, there is a mental health crisis in Scotland. I believe that that has been clear for some time, but the coronavirus pandemic has wreaked havoc and devastation not only on physical health, but on emotional health. Societal bereavement, cabin fever and anxiety around personal...

Scottish Parliament: Mental Health (17 Feb 2021)

Alex Cole-Hamilton: I certainly will. Every additional pound that is spent on mental health is welcome, but every extra pound that the Government spends on an unwanted independence referendum is a yet another pound that is not spent on it. The Government refuses to acknowledge that Scotland faces a mental health crisis: its amendment does so again today. It is not rocket science to work out that for a problem to...

Scottish Parliament: Point of Order (16 Feb 2021)

Alex Cole-Hamilton: On a point of order, Presiding Officer. I hope very much to say something similar to the Equalities and Human Rights Committee on Thursday, but I wanted to take the first opportunity in parliamentary time to try to make things right. Last Thursday, during an exchange on children’s rights with the Minister for Children and Young People, Maree Todd, I was captured on camera mouthing language...

Scottish Parliament: Adult Social Care (Independent Review) (16 Feb 2021)

Alex Cole-Hamilton: It gives me great pleasure to rise for the Liberal Democrats. I welcome the publication of the report of the independent review of adult social care, which examines the future delivery of care for older people and disabled people in Scotland. The review’s recommendations focus, rightly, on a better service for care users and fairer pay and conditions for care workers, all of whom we have...

Scottish Parliament: Adult Social Care (Independent Review) (16 Feb 2021)

Alex Cole-Hamilton: Monica Lennon made a compelling argument for that, and I do not see a reason why we would not support it, in particular given that, as she rightly said, 83 per cent of the social care workforce are female, so there is gender pay inequality as well. As well as involving service users, we must harness the creativity and passion of our dedicated care workers. That means affording them the...

Scottish Parliament: Adult Social Care (Independent Review) (16 Feb 2021)

Alex Cole-Hamilton: It has been an excellent debate, with real passion having been displayed in some of the speeches. I will touch on that passion as I summate the Liberal Democrats’ amendment. The Parliament has attempted the reform of the social care ecosystem several times before. We heard something of that in the integration of health and social care agenda—a great idea, but poorly executed and not given...

Scottish Parliament: Adult Social Care (Independent Review) (16 Feb 2021)

Alex Cole-Hamilton: I will not take an intervention at this point—I am sorry that I do not have time. However, the member’s point was compelling. John Finnie also made an important point about rebalancing the priorities among private sector providers away from profit and towards continuity of care and the importance of giving dignity in old age. He acknowledged the difficulties of rurality that I referred to...

Scottish Parliament: Coronavirus Acts Report (11 Feb 2021)

Alex Cole-Hamilton: The coronavirus acts that were passed by Parliament underpin many of the regulations that govern who we can and cannot see, and the limitations of social distancing. The cabinet secretary will have heard my question to the First Minister yesterday, which was about expanding the extended-household policy to allow new parents to bubble up with other new parents or family members who are not...

Scottish Parliament: Extended Households (Covid-19) (10 Feb 2021)

Alex Cole-Hamilton: On Friday, I hosted a virtual coffee morning for more than 50 new parents in my constituency. From the start, it became clear just how much strain those people are under, especially the mums, with many reduced to tears as they shared their stories. In England, the extended household policy has been expanded to allow parents with babies under the age of one to bubble up with another household...

Scottish Parliament: Covid-19 (Local Newspapers) (10 Feb 2021)

Alex Cole-Hamilton: I am grateful to the Conservative Party for securing time for this incredibly important debate. I pay tribute to the local press in our nation for its invaluable contribution not just during the Covid-19 emergency, but for generations beforehand. During the past year, local news outlets have proved critical. Not only do they keep people informed about what is going on locally and give an...


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