Alex Cole-Hamilton banned from Russia

The Liberal Democrats have long been vocal in their support for Ukraine against Russian aggression. However no Liberal Democrat MPs were included in the 287 MPs banned from entering the Russian Federation in April.

However, Scottish Lib Dem Leader Alex Cole-Hamilton found himself at number 14 on a list of UK politicians and journalists, including Keir Starmer and David Cameron,who were banned yesterday. According to the Russian Foreign Minisry they “contribute to London’s hostile course aimed at the demonization of our country and its international isolation.”

Alex was pretty chuffed by the news that he is no longer allowed to enter the Russian Federation:

He added:

One day, after Putin’s army has been defeated and his government swept away by the tides of history, I hope that I will have the chance to visit and meet with those who have bravely stood up against the Russian regime. Until that happens, I will wear this ban as a badge of honour.

The UK must redouble its efforts to help Ukraine achieve victory on the battlefield, while here in Scotland, our government must get serious about patching the holes in the refugee scheme and helping those who have fled to our shores.

We are surprised that he is so far the only Lib Dem to be banned, particularly after Alistair Carmichael pushed the UK Government to ban Russian vessels from UK ports when a Russian tanker looked like it was going to visit the Flotta oil terminal in Orkney.

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4 Comments

  • Brad Barrows 2nd Aug '22 - 9:11am

    A number of the names on the latest Russian ‘banned’ list seem a little strange. While a number of leading SNP politicians, as a party of government, may be expected to some extent, the inclusion of ordinary Green Party MSP Ross Greer on that banned list seems quite bizarre.

  • A genuine badge of honour for Alex!

  • Nonconformistradical 3rd Aug '22 - 10:30am

    Badge of honour – seconded

  • Robin Bennett 3rd Aug '22 - 11:32am

    Congratulations, Alex!

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