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McArthur: Scottish Police Authority must be open and transparent

February 24, 2017 10:00 AM
Originally published by Scottish Liberal Democrats

Responding to reports that a Scottish Police Authority board member has resigned after believing she was punished for raising concerns about transparency at the watchdog, Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Liam McArthur said:

"This member has been forced out for standing up for basic democratic principles. The SPA spends billions of pounds of taxpayers money. Attempts to hush up their work are unacceptable.

"Demanding the resignation of board members who speak out is only going to strengthen the belief that SPA have a stake in hiding from public scrutiny.

"For example, there is no good reason for keeping board papers from the public until meetings are under way. These used to be published days in advance. This change appears to be motivated purely by a desire to limit scrutiny and the accompanying possibility of bad press.

"To retain the trust of the public, Scotland needs a police force that is open and transparent in how it conducts its business."