McArthur: Resignation and HMICS criticism must open door for democracy in Police Authority

Speaking in response to the resignation of Moi Ali from the Scottish Police Authority and today’s tweet by HM Chief Inspector of Constabulary Derek Penman critical of the lack of published meeting papers, the justice spokesperson for the Scottish Liberal Democrats Liam McArthur MSP said: 

“The resignation of Moi Ali from the Scottish Police Authority, in part because of the lack of transparency in the organisation, and today’s tweet by HMCIS Derek Penman show it is time for a change of attitude on the Authority. 

“It is high time that the Scottish Police Authority respects its place in democracy. It needs to publish its meeting papers in advance. People and communities have a right to know what is being discussed and how it might affect them. This is a basic democratic right. 

“It is an organisation that spends billions. It needs to follow basic democratic principles. 

“Liberal Democrats warned about the loss of democratic accountability at the time the SNP centralised the police. Our warnings were ignored and the secrecy has grown.”

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