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Members of the Scottish Parliament (MSPs)

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Alex Cole-Hamilton

Scottish Liberal Democrats

MSP for Edinburgh Western (Constituency) 2016 - present day

About Alex Cole-Hamilton

Contact details

Contact online

Committees

Cross-party groups

Alex is not a member of any cross-party groups

Parliamentary and Government Roles

Alex does not have any parliamentary or government roles

Party Roles

Alex has 1 party role

Party Spokesperson on Health

Scottish Liberal Democrats

Previous roles

Alex has had 2 previous roles

Previous roles in cross-party groups are not included in this list.

16 June 2016 - 29 September 2016

Equal Opportunities Committee

Deputy Convener

08 June 2016 - 16 June 2016

Equal Opportunities Committee

Member

Register of interests

Alex's register of interests

MSPs must provide details of their financial interests in the Register of Interests. They make an initial statement on becoming or being returned as an MSP. This is then updated with any changes they provide.

Here is the register for Alex Cole-Hamilton. The date of their initial statement was 01 June 2016.

Remuneration and related undertaking

No registrable interests

Gifts

No registrable interests

Overseas visits

No registrable interests

Controlled transactions

No registrable interests

Heritable property

I previously owned a rental property in Edinburgh which was let through online holiday property website Airbnb and yielded a gross annual income of between £5,001 and £10,000. [Registered 17 August 2017, Amended interest, Ceased interest 8 December 2020]

I previously owned a flat in Edinburgh with an estimated market value of between £150,001 and £200,000 for which I received a gross income of between £5,001 and £10,000 per annum. The flat was let under a private social housing tenancy. [Amended interest 8 December 2020, Ceased interest 8 December 2020]

[Ceased interest removed from entry: 17 December 2020]

Interest in shares

No registrable interests

Voluntary

I was formerly a Convener and Director of Together (Scottish Alliance for Children’s Rights).

Recent Activity

What was said

What Alex Cole-Hamilton has said in Parliament

These are the official transcripts of what was said by this MSP in the chamber and at committee meetings. You'll find the topic discussed and how many times this MSP has contributed to the discussion.

Health and Sport Committee meeting date: 23 March 2021

Health Security (EU Exit) Regulations 2021

Alex Cole-Hamilton (Edinburgh Western) (LD): "I have no questions, convener. The questions that I was going to ask have been covered."

Chamber meeting date: 18 March 2021

Lothian Buses (Suspension of Services)

Alex Cole-Hamilton (Edinburgh Western) (LD): "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…

Chamber meeting date: 17 March 2021

Testing Strategy

Alex Cole-Hamilton (Edinburgh Western) (LD): "We have heard several times this afternoon that we are using only a third of our daily testing capacity…

Chamber meeting date: 16 March 2021

United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (Incorporation) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3

Alex Cole-Hamilton (Edinburgh Western) (LD): "I wish to speak in favour of all the amendments in the group, but particularly amendment 40, in the name of Mark Griffin…

Chamber meeting date: 16 March 2021

United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (Incorporation) (Scotland) Bill

Alex Cole-Hamilton (Edinburgh Western) (LD): "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…

Votes

How Alex Cole-Hamilton has voted in Parliament

Find out how Alex Cole-Hamilton has voted recently.

Motion ref. S5M-24270

Dogs (Protection of Livestock) (Amendment) (Scotland) Bill

Submitted by: Emma Harper, South Scotland, Scottish National Party. Date lodged: Tuesday, March 2, 2021

Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Wednesday, March 24, 2021

Result 120 for, 0 against, 0 abstained, 9 no vote

MSP voted for

Vote Passed

Motion ref. S5M-24292

Motion of No Confidence

Submitted by: Ruth Davidson, Edinburgh Central, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party. Date lodged: Thursday, March 4, 2021

Supported by: Jeremy Balfour, Bill Bowman, Miles Briggs, Alexander Burnett, Donald Cameron, Jackson Carlaw, Peter Chapman, Maurice Corry, Murdo Fraser, Maurice Golden, Jamie Greene, Jamie Halcro Johnston, Rachael Hamilton, Alison Harris, Liam Kerr, Gordon Lindhurst, Dean Lockhart, Tom Mason, Margaret Mitchell, Edward Mountain, Oliver Mundell, John Scott, Graham Simpson, Liz Smith, Alexander Stewart, Adam Tomkins, Annie Wells, Brian Whittle
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Result 31 for, 65 against, 27 abstained, 6 no vote

MSP abstained

Vote Defeated

Motion ref. S5M-24271

Tied Pubs (Scotland) Bill

Submitted by: Neil Bibby, West Scotland, Scottish Labour. Date lodged: Tuesday, March 2, 2021

Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Result 111 for, 0 against, 0 abstained, 18 no vote

MSP voted for

Vote Passed

Motion ref. S5M-24238

European Charter of Local Self-Government (Incorporation) (Scotland) Bill

Submitted by: Andy Wightman, Lothian, Independent. Date lodged: Thursday, February 25, 2021

Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Result 114 for, 0 against, 0 abstained, 15 no vote

MSP voted for

Vote Passed

Motion ref. S5M-24396.1

National Mission to Reduce Drug Deaths and Harms

Submitted by: Brian Whittle, South Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party. Date lodged: Wednesday, March 17, 2021

Supported by: Donald Cameron
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Thursday, March 18, 2021

Result 43 for, 69 against, 1 abstained, 16 no vote

MSP voted against

Vote Defeated

Motions

Written questions

Written questions Alex Cole-Hamilton has submitted in Parliament

These are the questions that this MSP has asked the Scottish Government about its work. It also includes any answer to these questions.

Question ref. S5W-36122

Asked by: Cole-Hamilton, Alex, Edinburgh Western, Scottish Liberal Democrats, Date Lodged: 11 March 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government what the (a) average and (b) longest waiting time has been for callers to the COVID-19 vaccination helpline and booking service, broken down by week."

Answered by: Mairi Gougeon on 24 March 2021

Question ref. S5W-35957

Asked by: Cole-Hamilton, Alex, Edinburgh Western, Scottish Liberal Democrats, Date Lodged: 11 March 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government for what reason the COVID-19 vaccine rollout appears to be demonstrably slower in the City of Edinburgh than in other areas."

Answered by: Jeane Freeman on 24 March 2021

Question ref. S5W-35928

Asked by: Cole-Hamilton, Alex, Edinburgh Western, Scottish Liberal Democrats, Date Lodged: 10 March 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government how many sputum samples have been tested in the past year in relation to a diagnosis of bronchiectasis."

Answered by: Mairi Gougeon on 24 March 2021

Question ref. S5W-36123

Asked by: Cole-Hamilton, Alex, Edinburgh Western, Scottish Liberal Democrats, Date Lodged: 11 March 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government how many complaints it has received about the COVID-19 vaccination helpline and booking service."

Answered by: Mairi Gougeon on 24 March 2021

Question ref. S5W-36125

Asked by: Cole-Hamilton, Alex, Edinburgh Western, Scottish Liberal Democrats, Date Lodged: 11 March 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government on what date will reliable real-time data to inform local and national suicide prevention be available, following reports on 3 October 2021 that the National Suicide Prevention Leadership Group and Public Health Scotland are investigating ways to extract such data."

Answered by: Clare Haughey on 24 March 2021

Question ref. S5W-35302

Asked by: Cole-Hamilton, Alex, Edinburgh Western, Scottish Liberal Democrats, Date Lodged: 18 February 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government what action clinicians must take to obtain the informed consent of people prior to the administration of COVID-19 vaccines, and what information they should provide regarding possible side effects."

Answered by: Mairi Gougeon on 24 March 2021

Question ref. S5W-35545

Asked by: Cole-Hamilton, Alex, Edinburgh Western, Scottish Liberal Democrats, Date Lodged: 25 February 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government whether significant regional variation in COVID-19 infection rates, such as that between the West of Scotland and Lothian, will have a factor on the speed and levels at which lockdown is released."

Answered by: Jeane Freeman on 24 March 2021

Question ref. S5W-36124

Asked by: Cole-Hamilton, Alex, Edinburgh Western, Scottish Liberal Democrats, Date Lodged: 11 March 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to improve the time it takes to (a) collect and (b) publish data relating to deaths by suicide, and when any changes will come into effect."

Answered by: Clare Haughey on 24 March 2021

Question ref. S5W-35892

Asked by: Cole-Hamilton, Alex, Edinburgh Western, Scottish Liberal Democrats, Date Lodged: 10 March 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government when saunas and steam rooms will be allowed to reopen under its revised COVID-19 Strategic Framework, and what evidence informed its decision for these to remain closed throughout lockdown, in light of different restrictions on them operating in other parts of the UK."

Answered by: Mairi Gougeon on 24 March 2021

Question ref. S5W-36121

Asked by: Cole-Hamilton, Alex, Edinburgh Western, Scottish Liberal Democrats, Date Lodged: 11 March 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government how many care home residents are still to receive the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, broken down by the reasons they have not received the first dose, and how many of those who have not yet received a first dose are expected to receive the vaccine."

Answered by: Jeane Freeman on 24 March 2021

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