Commenting on the Scottish Government memo obtained by the Guardian which reveals that "it is almost certain" draft laws were secretly changed to secure the Queen's approval, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Alex Cole-Hamilton said:
"These documents suggest that there has been meddling in the process even before government legislation was first shown to parliament.
Speaking after he attended the First Minister's summit on abortion rights alongside campaign groups including Back Off Scotland, BPAS and Rape Crisis Scotland, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Alex Cole-Hamilton has today said that government support for proposals for buffer zones around Scottish abortion clinics, "must be the base camp, not the summit of our ambition when it comes to protecting and expanding women's reproductive rights."
Responding to comments from Ian Livingstone, Chief Constable of Police Scotland, in which he warned that Scottish Government spending plans could lead to fewer officers on the street, Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Liam McArthur said:
"It's interesting to compare the spending commitments of Scottish nationalists now with their pre-election pledge to protect the police resource budget.
Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Alex Cole-Hamilton has today declared that the Lib Dems are parking their tractors on Tory lawns and that his party can speak for rural communities across the country, after the Liberal Democrats stormed to victory in the Tiverton & Honiton by-election.
Liberal Democrat candidate Richard Foord overturned a Conservative majority of over 24,000 - the biggest ever majority overturned in a by-election.
On Monday Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Alex Cole-Hamilton will attend the First Minister's summit on abortion rights and demand urgent legislation todeliver buffer zones.
Mr Cole-Hamilton, who has called for new protections against intimidation since 2018, will attend the summit alongside campaign groups including Back Off Scotland, BPAS and Rape Crisis Scotland and MSPs including Monica Lennon and Gillian Mackay.
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