Putting Local Democracy back into Scottish Policing

At the weekend I put forward plans to inject local democracy back into Scottish policing.

Police Scotland has been on its knees following the centralisation of the force, the use of industrial scale stop and search, armed police, dysfunctional control rooms and excessive top down targets and controls.

There have been serious questions about the effectiveness of the Scottish Police Authority and the removal of local influence and accountability. The Authority has been largely ineffective at holding Police Scotland bosses to account during numerous crises.

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The Radical Centre

Tonight, I'll be giving a speech in Aberdeen, to lay out where I believe the Liberal Democrats are in Scottish politics - the radical centre.

I'll be speaking to the SCDI and I plan to make clear the desperate need for a party of the radical centre in Scotland - with the SNP and Labour veering ever more to the left and the Tories - unrestrained by the Liberal Democrats ever more to the right.

You can read my speech in full below:

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Tribute to Charles Kennedy

On Monday evening I spoke in tribute to Charles Kennedy in a memorial service in Dingwall. This is what I said:

 

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