Alex Cole-Hamilton

Member of the Scottish Parliament for Edinburgh Western

Alex in front of Holyrood

Alex is the constituency MSP for Edinburgh Western, and Leader of the Scottish Liberal Democrats. He was first elected in 2016, and re-elected in 2021.

Before Parliament, Alex worked in the childrens voluntary sector, including being Director of Together (Scottish Alliance for Children's Rights) and worked on the campaign to raise the age of leaving care in Scotland to 21.

Since being elected Alex led the successful campaign to save HIV Scotland from planned funding cuts, forced the Government to abandon their plans to abolish jury trials during the Covid pandemic and has spoken up for bus services, dentist and GP provision, and protecting greenbelt land in west Edinburgh.

He has prioritised campaigning on children's mental health, first aid awareness, long covid and supporting Ukrainian refugees. He was sanctioned by the Kremlin in August 2022 following his public criticism of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, and for his efforts to highlight Russian influence in Scotland.


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PIP to Adult Disability Payment Transfer

Alex is asking for people who have been required to undergo an assessment despite having a long term or chronic condition from which there is no recovery, as part of the transfer, to get in touch.

5 Sep 2023

Increases in A&E drug attendances and deaths

Alex has urged the government to move further and faster following the publication of a new report showing an increase in the number of people attending A&E due to a drug-related incident and a rise in drug deaths earlier this year.

26 Jul 2023

School and Hospital Building Standards Concern

Alex has called on the Scottish Government to help local health boards and education authorities to replace a dangerous building material that has been discovered in some public sector buildings constructed in the 1960s and 70s.

3 Jul 2023

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