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McInnes hits out at SNP response to corroboration concerns

February 6, 2014 4:32 PM
Originally published by Scottish Liberal Democrats

Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Alison McInnes MSP hasAlison McInnesAlison McInnes said she is shocked at the Scottish Government's blasé dismissal of the Justice Committee's recommendations.

During First Minister's Questions today, leader of the Scottish Liberal Democrats Willie Rennie pressured the First Minister to overrule the Justice Secretary and remove plans to scrap corroboration from the Criminal Justice Bill.

Speaking after First Minister's Questions, Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Alison McInnes MSP said:

"I am shocked at the Scottish Government's blasé dismissal of the Committee's recommendations. But opponents won't be easily wooed by Lord Bonomy's appointment.

"The Justice Secretary expects members to buy this proposal without having had sight of the smallprint.

"There is no guarantee that the Justice Secretary will make good on his assurances. The reality is that secondary legislation will only offer Parliament an all-or-nothing solution to the problem he has created."