Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Alison McInnes MSP has urged Conservative Scottish Secretary David Mundell to investigate reports that surveillance agency GCHQ last month abandoned guidelines which prevented intelligence officers from intercepting MSP communications.
A report uncovered by the Daily Record today revealed that the Wilson Doctrine has been amended to now explicitly rule out the Scottish, Welsh and Northern Irish parliaments and the European Parliament.
Commenting, Alison McInnes MSP said:
“The security services should be focused on catching terrorists and not spying on MSPs.
“We know the Tories have an utter disregard for our basic civil liberties but this seems to show a government spiralling out of control in its clamour for power.
“The Conservative Scottish Secretary must immediately investigate these reports. We need to know why this step has been taken and if it was approved by Tories at the top of government.
“That such clandestine actions may also be taking place in elected legislatures in Wales, Northern Ireland and the European Parliament will be puzzling and offensive to many people who understand the UK as a parliamentary democracy, not a dictatorship.
“This once again shows why you need Liberal Democrats to stand up against illiberal attempts by the state to monitor law-abiding citizens.”