Real test is whether Nicola Sturgeon will walk liberal on justice

Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie has laid down the gauntlet to new First Minister Nicola Sturgeon to demonstrate that she will walk liberal following Kenny MacAskill being ousted from the role of Justice Secretary in today’s Scottish Government reshuffle.


The outgoing justice secretary was responsible for a host of controversial laws, closures and cuts to Scotland’s justice system.

Mr Rennie said:

"Nicola Sturgeon likes to talk liberal but the real test is whether she'll walk liberal. The SNP cabinet stood behind Kenny MacAskill's illiberal centralisation agenda at every twist and turn.

“A change of the guards must mark the beginning of a change in approach if this damning indictment of Kenny MacAskill's legacy is to carry any weight. Until the industrial levels of stop and search, the centralisation of local justice and plans to scrap corroboration are consigned to the same fate as Mr MacAskill, Scottish Liberal Democrats will remain the only party standing up for a liberal, fairer Scotland."

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