Rennie responds to M9 crash after “unforgiveable” wait for findings

31 May 2024
Willie Rennie MSP

Responding to the report into the deaths of Lamara Bell and John Yuill on the M9 in 2015, Scottish Liberal Democrat MSP Willie Rennie, who was warning about the dangers posed by Police Scotland in the run-up to the failure to respond, said:

“In the months before the tragic deaths of Lamara Bell and John Yuill I repeatedly warned Nicola Sturgeon about the problems at the call centres but the SNP Government did nothing to stop the cavalier closures.

“It was SNP ministers who drove through the rushed centralisation of the police and ignored the concerns of those on the ground. Today, SNP ministers need to take responsibility for their part in this and admit their terrible political decisions had tragic consequences.

“The agonising nine year wait to find out precisely what happened is unforgiveable. The broken FAI system is adding to the families’ torment. I’m sick of seeing families become trapped in this prolonged process and the government needs to make it stop by accepting the need to completely overhaul FAIs.

"This will be a tough day for the families of Lamara Bell and John Yuill."

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