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Lib Dems urge more to speak out against emergency service closures

January 29, 2014 12:31 PM
Originally published by Scottish Liberal Democrats

Scottish Liberal Democrats have today backed a bid by staff to saveJim HumeJim Hume Dumfries police control room for closure and urged others to do the same. A joint letter from 34 staff at Dumfries police control room to the Scottish Police Authority has been published today alongside a local campaign ahead of the final decision being made by the SPA on Thursday.

Scottish Liberal Democrat south of Scotland MSP Jim Hume said:

"I am one hundred percent behind the staff at Dumfries police control room. Their local knowledge is vital in ensuring the efficient response given by local police control rooms. I share their frustration at the lack of a consultation on this matter and on the future of their jobs. The Justice Secretary is increasingly isolated in his defence of the SNP's centralisation agenda.

"The anger of local police staff has been amplified by a series of blows to local policing in the south west, with Dalbeattie, Kirkcudbright and Newton Stewart police stations due to close their doors to the public. I know that people across south Scotland will stand behind their local police services during this important campaign."

Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Alison McInnes hasAlison McInnesAlison McInnes today urged staff at control rooms across Scotland to follow suit and make their concerns heard.

Ms McInnes said:

"I would urge staff and communities facing frontline police and fire control room closures to follow suit. In the past week the Justice Secretary has been greeted by demonstrations in Dumfries, anger in the parliament and I am sure his postbag is not devoid of similar complaints. The Justice Secretary has stood idly by, whilst the people he appointed to boards unaccountable to the parliament deliver the SNP's unrealistic savings."