Sexual Misconduct Allegations (Councillors)

Part of the debate – in the Scottish Parliament on 23 March 2023.

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Photo of Ben Macpherson Ben Macpherson Scottish National Party

Thank you, Presiding Officer. As you allude to, I cannot comment on political parties. I refer the member to my first answer.

In considering how we move forward, it is unacceptable that people who are potential predators could be councillors. That is why we are undertaking measures to improve matters, including taking forward a review of section 31 of the Local Government (Scotland) Act 1973 in order to bar individuals who are on the sex offenders register from being councillors, and we are continuing to consider matters relating to the councillors’ code of conduct.