Sectarian-related crime and the attitudes that underpin it have no place in modern Scotland. That is why we have made an unprecedented investment of £13 million since 2012 to address the issue. That investment has supported a wide range of work, including work by Nil by Mouth, which challenges sectarianism in our schools and in private, public and third sector workplaces across Scotland....
I am aware of the terrible incident that occurred in Coatbridge. It was an act of mindless vandalism that was deeply offensive to the local community. The Government is clear that any form of hate crime is totally unacceptable and will not be tolerated. We have been working consistently with communities to address the attitudes that can lead to such behaviour, and we will continue to do so....
I assure Elaine Smith that we take religious bigotry, whatever its form, very seriously indeed. It is unacceptable in 21st century Scotland. We will continue to work with all churches and faith groups and with others to ensure that we are working together collectively to further implement the recommendations of Dr Duncan Morrow and his independent advisory group on tackling sectarianism in...
Scottish National Party MSP for Cowdenbeath
Entered the Scottish Parliament on 6 May 2011 — Election
Also represented Mid Scotland and Fife
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