Category Archives: Justice

Undercover Policing

  I have lent my support to my colleague Neil Findlay MSP’s motion, one of the first of the new Parliamentary term. The motion refers to the unethical practices used by undercover police of the Metropolitan police. Citizens in Scotland, … Continue reading

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Debate highlights stalking awareness among young people

Earlier this month my colleague Rhoda Grant led a Member’s Debate highlighting the dangers of stalking among young people. The debate came as Parliament recognised National Stalking Awareness Day, an annual campaign which falls on 18 April. The focus of this … Continue reading

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Supporting children of prisoners

Earlier this month, my colleague Mary Fee launched a consultation for a Member’s Bill to support children affected by parental imprisonment. The proposal responds to the general lack of recognition in the criminal justice system of the needs of children … Continue reading

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Je suis Charlie

On the morning of 7 January two gunmen entered the offices of of the French satirical weekly newspaper Charlie Hebdo in Paris and murdered 12 people. Several members of staff at the magazine, including the editor  Stéphane Charbonnier, and two police officers were among the victims … Continue reading

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Culpable Homicide Bill launched

Earlier this month I attended the launch of my colleague Richard Baker’s proposed bill to reform the law on culpable homicide. Culpable homicide is committed where an accused has caused loss of life through wrongful conduct, but where there was … Continue reading

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Police host event to highlight domestic abuse

Last year I spoke at the opening of an event in Lanark organised by Police Scotland to highlight information, advice and support for victims of domestic abuse. I was delighted that the event was repeated this year at the Carluke … Continue reading

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Renewed focus on historic child abuse

Earlier this month Parliament heard a statement from Education Secretary Mike Russell on Child Protection. The statement considered two related aspects of child abuse – the need to address justice for survivors of historic abuse and the need to act … Continue reading

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Police Scotland blow for Dumfries jobs

Police Scotland has recently announced plans to reorganise its control room operations across the country as part of the transition to a national force. Control room staff are responsible for handling 999 and 101 calls from the public and are … Continue reading

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Police launch housebreaking campaign

Earlier this week Police Scotland launched a national campaign to tackle housebreaking across the country. Under Operation RAC, Lanarkshire and the Borders among other regions will have dedicated policing teams exclusively investigating housebreakings to catch those responsible. The campaign has … Continue reading

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Freedom from Fear

Earlier this month I added my backing to a campaign promoting respect for shopworkers and reminding them that abuse is not part of the job. The Freedom from Fear campaign promoted by Usdaw, the shopworkers union, seeks to bring together employers, … Continue reading

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