The Scottish Police Federation and retired officers have raised a number of concerns, some with the Justice Committee, about the culture and work practices that have been adopted by the counter-corruption unit, including disproportionate investigations into people’s private lives, the use of detention up to seven hours and escorting people to washroom facilities during breaks in their...
Amendment 29 is similar to my stage 2 amendment 4, which I lodged but did not press after agreement to discuss its intention further with the Cabinet Secretary for Justice and his officials. I am grateful for their assistance in drafting this improved version and for their investigation into some of the wider issues that cannot be addressed in the bill but will, I hope, be pursued in the next...
To answer Margaret Mitchell’s point, the cabinet secretary made it clear that a public place is where “members of the public were present”. Unless it was a very strange sexual practice that was going on—I know that there are some of that nature—it is unlikely that somebody round the back of the bike sheds would have “members of the public ... present”; therefore, such a scenario...
Former Labour MSP for Dumfriesshire
Entered the Scottish Parliament on 6 May 1999 — Election
Left the Scottish Parliament on 23 March 2016 — Election
Also represented Dumfries
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