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McArthur criticises Conservatives' rhetoric on whole life sentences

September 27, 2019 4:00 PM
Originally published by Scottish Liberal Democrats

Responding to Interim Conservative Leader Jackson Carlaw's comments on whole life sentences at FMQs today, Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Liam McArthur MSP said:

"The Tories appear to be making a habit of trying to sidestep judge rulings. But ultimately, this 'tough justice' rhetoric is little more than an attempt to grandstand for an election. They are well aware that for life to mean life, in the way that they imply, would breach the ECHR.

"The Conservatives point to whole life sentencing south of the Border, but those sentences too are subject to individual review.

"This is no attempt to improve community safety, or the lives of victims. It is a populist, punitive approach that has proved disastrous in many states in the US, leading to mass incarceration and the creation of wider social problems."