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Right to free speech must be upheld

January 28, 2012 3:49 PM
Originally published by Scottish Liberal Democrats

Commenting on speculation that a gagging order has been imposed on former MSP Tommy Sheridan as part of his parole conditions, Leader of the Scottish Liberal Democrats Willie Rennie MSP said:

"This order flies in the face of free speech and sets a dangerous precedent.

"Although Mr Sheridan holds views that I do not agree with I do not believe his right to express these views should be curtailed.

"In the run up to May's local elections and in the early stages of the referendum debate he should be free to take in active role in promoting the things he believes in.

"To bar him participation is counter to our democratic values."