Government backs Lib Dem calls on stop and search


Following an 18-month campaign by the Scottish Liberal Democrats, the Justice Committee today backed plans for the abolition of so-called consensual stop and search and the introduction of a code of practice for statutory searches.

Alison McInnes MSP today received the support of the Justice Committee for an amendment which will ensure consensual stop and search becomes illegal within one year.

The Lib Dem-led campaign for the abolition of so-called consensual search won the backing of organisations including dozens of charities, the Scottish Human Rights Commission and the Children’s Commissioner.

Commenting, Scottish Lib Dem justice spokesperson Alison McInnes MSP said:

“After an eighteen month-long campaign by the Scottish Liberal Democrats, the SNP has finally conceded defeat and adopted my proposals for the abolition of so-called consensual stop and search.

“It shouldn’t have required dozens of charities, the Scottish Human Rights Commission, Children’s Commissioner and an independent expert group to back my plans before the Scottish Government admitted there was anything wrong.

“I’m delighted the committee today agreed to my amendments, ensuring ministers can’t backtrack. So-called consensual stop and search will now, finally, become illegal within one year.”


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