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Justice Secretary can't hide from his emergency service cuts

January 28, 2014 3:40 PM
Originally published by Scottish Liberal Democrats

Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Alison McInnes has saidAlison McInnesAlison McInnes that Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill is ducking responsibility for frontline police and fire control room closures across Scotland.

There has been widespread public anger at the plans, released on Friday, which will result in the loss of hundreds of jobs and vital local knowledge. During Topical Questions today, Ms McInnes questioned the Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill about the plans and criticised the dismantling of highly regarded local services.

Speaking after topical questions, Ms McInnes said:

"Local communities and staff affected by this will be stunned by the Justice Secretary's response. He is willing to try and shift the blame for these closures and job losses onto anyone else, ducking taking any personal responsibility.

"It was the Justice Secretary who created the single police and fire service, removed any democratic accountability and then urged the service to achieve the SNP's unrealistic savings. Therefore Kenny MacAskill's claims that these closures and job losses will be carried out with a heavy heart ring empty.

"Kenny MacAskill is now standing idly by a mess of his own making."