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  • Scottish Parliament: Scottish Police Authority (Process for Appointment of Chair) 8 Feb 2018

    1. We have had the resignation of two chief constables, we are on to our third head of the Scottish Police Authority, we have an investigations body that is overwhelmed by complaints, and we have a Cabinet Secretary for Justice pulling the strings when it suits him. Can the First Minister really say that the single police force has been well managed over the past five years?
  • Scottish Parliament: Scottish Police Authority (Process for Appointment of Chair) 8 Feb 2018

    I take my hat off to the rank-and-file officers who do the exemplary job that they do, but I think that they deserve better than they have had in the past five years. Parliament voted to create a single police force, but Parliament also has a duty to learn from mistakes, when they are exposed, and to put them right. There is an obvious flaw—the head of the SPA is supposed to be...
  • Scottish Parliament: Scottish Police Authority (Process for Appointment of Chair) 8 Feb 2018

    The First Minister stands here saying again, five months after she previously stood here saying it, that she cannot go further because that would require a change in the law. Guess what, First Minister. This is a Parliament, and changing the law is what we do. If the First Minister is serious about strengthening the structure and oversight of the single police force, having the SPA’s...

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Entered the Scottish Parliament on 6 May 2011 — Election

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