McArthur: Justice Secretary needs to explain secret meeting with chief constable

Speaking in response to a report in the Sunday Herald that a senior Scottish Government civil servant met chief constable Phil Gormley on 30th November, the justice spokesperson for the Scottish Liberal Democrats Liam McArthur MSP said:

"This report means that last week's parliamentary statement by the Justice Secretary was incomplete. A senior official meeting Mr Gormley is something that should have been mentioned, given the claims by his legal team that he raised his employment status at the meeting. 

"Michael Matheson needs to return to the Scottish Parliament to explain these omissions. 

“It is also time for the police complaints body PIRC to tell us if they need extra resources in order to get the Gormley investigation finished so that all sides know where they stand.

"It is unfair on the public and the police officers who serve us all to have to put up with this. The whole structure of governance of Police Scotland needs to be looked at again. It will be embarrassing for Michael Matheson but that is too bad."

"In a free society there needs to be some democratic oversight of the police. What we have in Scotland is a travesty of the kind of open, accountable, democratic governance we expect."

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