Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Liam McArthur has today backed calls for the merger of the British Transport Police and Police Scotland to be put on hold.
The calls have come a day after Chief Constable Phil Gormley took temporary leave while he is under investigation for gross misconduct.
Commenting Mr McArthur said:
"A merger like this requires strong leadership and with both the Scottish Police Authority and Police Scotland without any permanent leadership it would be irresponsible to allow such a merger to proceed.
"There has long been concern over this merger and attempts by myself to delay the legislation were arrogantly dismissed by the Scottish Government however this is now the sensible approach to take.
"Just a few days ago a HMICS report showed the merger to be seriously flawed and now with Police Scotland in the midst of a power vacuum such a merger could have devastating consequences."