McArthur: SPA needs a spring clean

Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Liam McArthur MSP today said the Scottish Police Authority is in need of a "spring clean" and called on board members who presided over past mistakes to “take responsibility and consider their positions.”

His call comes in the wake of comments made by SPA chair Susan Deacon who said it was important that members of the board “reflect carefully” on their positions.

Mr McArthur said:

"It is clear that the SPA could benefit from a spring clean and that the new SPA Chair does not have full confidence in the ability of some of her colleagues. Too often, decisions have been botched, culminating last November in a unanimous board vote to bring back former Chief Constable, Phil Gormley, only for members to flip their decision just hours later.

"The SPA board desperately needs to restore public confidence in its ability to provide strategic leadership and hold Police Scotland to account. It is difficult to see how this can be done until board members who presided over past mistakes take responsibility and consider their positions.”

Mr McArthur added:

“There must also now be an acceptance that the whole system of checks and balances is broken. What is desperately needed is for the Justice Secretary to establish an independent expert commission to examine the structures that govern Scottish policing as a whole.”

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