Speaking after the Scottish Parliament’s Audit Committee wrote to the SPA outlining a number of significant outstanding concerns about the performance of some of its Board members, Scottish Liberal Democrat Justice spokesperson Liam McArthur MSP said:
"Time and again the SPA has been found wanting. Since its creation, the board has failed to perform to the standard the public would expect. Inevitably, this has impacted upon public confidence in the SPA.
"While these issues need to be addressed, they are symptomatic of wider problems that are hardwired into Scotland’s policing structures since the SNP’s botched centralisation. That is why the Justice Secretary must take responsibility and agree to establish an independent expert commission to come forward with proposals to improve accountability, transparency and localism."