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Corroboration delay a victory for common sense

April 23, 2014 3:14 PM
Originally published by Scottish Liberal Democrats

Scottish Liberal Democrats have today welcomed the news that the Alison McInnes MSPAlison McInnes MSPScottish Government has finally listened to the party's concerns over plans to scrap corroboration before a full review had taken place.

The announcement today came after consistent pressure on the SNP Government from the Scottish Liberal Democrats to delay Stage Two deliberations until after Lord Bonomy published his findings on any potential safeguards.

Commenting on today's concession, Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Alison McInnes MSP said:

"Once Kenny MacAskill actually conceded that other safeguards would be required then the only sensible way forward was to await the outcome of Lord Bonomy's work. Kenny Macaskill's obstinacy on this has risked bringing parliament into disrepute, so I welcome his change of heart. This is a victory for common sense. People will breathe a sigh of relief today having watched the justice secretary step back from the brink. Parliament should never be asked to pass legislation before it has considered all the implications.

"Scottish Liberal Democrats are the only party to have consistently opposed the Scottish Government's ill-thought-through plans to scrap corroboration. Kenny MacAskill's attempts to push this onto the statute book only compounded those concerns.

"Lord Bonomy's group must now be allowed to conduct its review completely unfettered, after which we can return to this debate far better informed."