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McArthur: BTP merger failure should leave minister chastened

December 18, 2018 12:00 PM
Originally published by Scottish Liberal Democrats

Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Liam McArthur has today criticised SNP handling of the British Transport Police merger, as the Justice Secretary wrote to the Scottish Parliament Justice Committee to confirm that "all options for the enhanced accountability of railway policing in Scotland would be re-considered".

Mr McArthur said:

"This disastrous saga should leave SNP ministers feeling suitably chastened.

"When less risky proposals were first presented, the Scottish Government dismissed them out of hand. They chose instead to barrel ahead with abolishing the BTP in Scotland even though no detailed business case existed.

"That decision cost millions of pounds and alienated the very staff who would be needed to make the policy a success.

"For BTP officers and staff the future remains uncertain. The Justice Secretary should ditch the original plan, given two years of work has shown it to be unworkable, and focus instead on the other viable options for the future of this service."