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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

Twitter: @agcolehamilton

Facebook: Alex's facebook

Contact at the Scottish Parliament

The Scottish Parliament
Edinburgh
EH99 1SP

Phone: 0131 348 5821
Text relay calls welcome.

Contact at local office

151 St John's Road
Corstorphine
Edinburgh
EH12 7SD

Phone: 0131 334 1814
Text relay calls welcome.

Find out when the MSP's surgery times are on their website.

Committees

Alex is a member of 1 committee

Cross-party groups

Alex is a member of 13 cross-party groups

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Bangladesh

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Challenging Racial and Religious Prejudice

Deputy Convener

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Chronic Pain

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Diabetes

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Epilepsy

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Europe

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Housing

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Improving Scotland’s Health

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on International Development

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Long Covid

Co-Convener

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on MS

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Tibet

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Volunteering

Member

Parliamentary and Government Roles

Alex does not have any parliamentary or government roles

Party Roles

Alex has 5 party roles

Party Leader

Scottish Liberal Democrats

Party Spokesperson on External Affairs

Scottish Liberal Democrats

Party Spokesperson on Health

Scottish Liberal Democrats

Party Spokesperson on Social Care

Scottish Liberal Democrats

Party Spokesperson on the Constitution

Scottish Liberal Democrats

Previous roles

Alex has had 7 previous roles

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

06 May 2021 - 27 August 2021

Party Spokesperson on Sport

Scottish Liberal Democrats

29 September 2016 - 04 May 2021

Equalities and Human Rights Committee

Deputy Convener

08 November 2016 - 04 May 2021

Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee

Substitute Member

06 February 2019 - 04 May 2021

Committee on the Scottish Government Handling of Harassment Complaints

Member

08 June 2016 - 04 May 2021

Health and Sport Committee

Member

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 03 June 2021.

Remuneration and related undertaking

No registrable interests

Gifts

No registrable interests

Overseas visits

No registrable interests

Controlled transactions

No registrable interests

Heritable property

I sublet part of my own property in Edinburgh through online holiday property website Airbnb. This yields a gross annual income of between £5,001 and £10,000.

Interest in shares

No registrable interests

Voluntary

On 5 February 2022, I was a guest of Scottish Rugby to the Calcutta cup at Murrayfield, they provided hospitality and 2 match tickets to myself and my guest, followed by dinner afterwards. SRU have stated that the estimated value was £1,000 per person. I do not consider that this meets the prejudice test. [Registered 22 February 2022]

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.

Chamber meeting date: 27 September 2022

Fiscal Statement (Response)

Alex Cole-Hamilton (Edinburgh Western) (LD): "Black Wednesday, which hit almost 30 years ago to the day, trashed the UK economy and with it any reputation that the Conservative Party had for fiscal prudence, making its removal from office almost inevitable…

Chamber meeting date: 22 September 2022

Ukrainian Refugees

3. Alex Cole-Hamilton (Edinburgh Western) (LD): "I refer the chamber to my entry in the register of members’ interests. I am a member of the homes for Ukraine scheme…

Chamber meeting date: 21 September 2022

Policing and Arrests

Alex Cole-Hamilton (Edinburgh Western) (LD): "In her coronation address, Her late Majesty professed a belief in free speech and tolerance. She called it “a precious part of our way of life” and asked the British people to cherish it and practise it…

Chamber meeting date: 12 September 2022

Motion of Condolence

Alex Cole-Hamilton (Edinburgh Western) (LD): "Presiding Officer and Your Majesties, we do not choose the life to which we are born, and seldom do we shape the events that define our times…

Chamber meeting date: 8 September 2022

Displaced People from Ukraine

Alex Cole-Hamilton (Edinburgh Western) (LD): "On behalf of the Liberal Democrats, I state our grave concern about the health of Her Majesty the Queen. I also refer members to my entry in the register of interests about my association with the homes for Ukraine scheme…

Votes

How Alex Cole-Hamilton has voted in Parliament

Find out how Alex Cole-Hamilton has voted recently.

Motion ref. S6M-06063

Scotland’s Population – Meeting the Needs of our Communities, Economy and Public Services

Submitted by: Angus Robertson, Edinburgh Central, Scottish National Party. Date lodged: Monday, September 26, 2022

Supported by: Mairi Gougeon, Neil Gray, Jenni Minto, Evelyn Tweed
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Tuesday, September 27, 2022

Result 79 for, 29 against, 0 abstained, 21 no vote

MSP voted for

Vote Passed

Motion ref. S6M-06063.3

Scotland’s Population – Meeting the Needs of our Communities, Economy and Public Services

Submitted by: Donald Cameron, Highlands and Islands, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party. Date lodged: Monday, September 26, 2022

Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Tuesday, September 27, 2022

Result 31 for, 77 against, 0 abstained, 21 no vote

MSP voted for

Vote Defeated

Motion ref. S6M-06063.2

Scotland’s Population – Meeting the Needs of our Communities, Economy and Public Services

Submitted by: Daniel Johnson, Edinburgh Southern, Scottish Labour. Date lodged: Monday, September 26, 2022

Supported by: Rhoda Grant
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Tuesday, September 27, 2022

Result 41 for, 67 against, 0 abstained, 21 no vote

MSP voted for

Vote Defeated

Motion ref. S6M-05154

Fireworks and Pyrotechnic Articles (Scotland) Bill

Submitted by: Ash Regan, Edinburgh Eastern, Scottish National Party. Date lodged: Tuesday, June 21, 2022

Supported by: Keith Brown
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Wednesday, June 29, 2022

Result 84 for, 0 against, 25 abstained, 20 no vote

MSP not voted

Vote Passed

Motion ref. S6M-05254

Business Programme

Submitted by: George Adam, Paisley, Scottish National Party. Date lodged: Tuesday, June 28, 2022

Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Wednesday, June 29, 2022

Result 63 for, 47 against, 0 abstained, 19 no vote

MSP not voted

Vote Passed

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. S6W-10231

Asked by: Cole-Hamilton, Alex, Edinburgh Western, Scottish Liberal Democrats, Date Lodged: 10 August 2022

"To ask the Scottish Government what information it has on how many Afghan refugees are currently in (a) permanent and (b) temporary accommodation in Scotland, broken down by local authority."

Answered by: Shona Robison on 22 September 2022

Question ref. S6W-10512

Asked by: Cole-Hamilton, Alex, Edinburgh Western, Scottish Liberal Democrats, Date Lodged: 23 August 2022

"To ask the Scottish Government what steps it is taking to ensure that infants can register with an NHS dentist."

Answered by: Maree Todd on 20 September 2022

Question ref. S6W-10454

Asked by: Cole-Hamilton, Alex, Edinburgh Western, Scottish Liberal Democrats, Date Lodged: 22 August 2022

"To ask the Scottish Government which agencies it consulted with regarding the welfare of residents on the cruise ship being used to house Ukrainian refugees in Leith prior to its opening."

Answered by: Neil Gray on 20 September 2022

Question ref. S6W-10457

Asked by: Cole-Hamilton, Alex, Edinburgh Western, Scottish Liberal Democrats, Date Lodged: 22 August 2022

"To ask the Scottish Government how many beds it currently has procured for temporary accommodation for each mode of accommodation, including cruise ship and hotel."

Answered by: Neil Gray on 20 September 2022

Question ref. S6W-10455

Asked by: Cole-Hamilton, Alex, Edinburgh Western, Scottish Liberal Democrats, Date Lodged: 22 August 2022

"To ask the Scottish Government how long the current cruise ship being used to house Ukrainian refugees in Leith has been procured for, and at what cost."

Answered by: Neil Gray on 20 September 2022

Question ref. S6W-10460

Asked by: Cole-Hamilton, Alex, Edinburgh Western, Scottish Liberal Democrats, Date Lodged: 22 August 2022

"To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answers to questions S6W-10087 and S6W-10089 by Maree Todd on 16 August 2022, whether it will provide the dates of when the meetings that discussed these issues took place."

Answered by: Maree Todd on 20 September 2022

Question ref. S6W-10232

Asked by: Cole-Hamilton, Alex, Edinburgh Western, Scottish Liberal Democrats, Date Lodged: 11 August 2022

"To ask the Scottish Government whether any additional funding has been provided to local authorities since 2021 to help them support Afghan refugees and, if this is the case, how much funding has been (a) provided and (b) spent to date."

Answered by: Shona Robison on 20 September 2022

Question ref. S6W-10230

Asked by: Cole-Hamilton, Alex, Edinburgh Western, Scottish Liberal Democrats, Date Lodged: 10 August 2022

"To ask the Scottish Government what information it has on how many Afghan refugees have arrived in Scotland since 2021, and, of those, how many are currently in (i) permanent and (b) temporary accommodation."

Answered by: Shona Robison on 20 September 2022

Question ref. S6W-10453

Asked by: Cole-Hamilton, Alex, Edinburgh Western, Scottish Liberal Democrats, Date Lodged: 22 August 2022

"To ask the Scottish Government which agencies are responsible for monitoring and inspecting the welfare of people onboard the cruise ship being used to house Ukrainian refugees in Leith."

Answered by: Neil Gray on 8 September 2022

Question ref. S6W-10456

Asked by: Cole-Hamilton, Alex, Edinburgh Western, Scottish Liberal Democrats, Date Lodged: 22 August 2022

"To ask the Scottish Government what targets it has set to move Ukrainian refugees being housed on the cruise ship in Leith to matched homes."

Answered by: Neil Gray on 8 September 2022

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