I was disappointed last week with the vote to repeal the Offensive Behaviour at Football and Threatening Communications (Scotland) Act.

I know from my own correspondence that there were very strong views on both sides, but the act is being repealed with no attempt to put any alternative in place.

My colleague, Community Safety Minister Annabelle Ewing, was forceful in her condemnation of the vote, describing it as a foolhardy move that needlessly exposes vulnerable communities to abuse.

“This move sends out an appalling signal...and will compromise the ability of police and prosecutors to charge people for unacceptable behaviour,” said Annabelle.

“It also puts Scotland behind the rest of the UK in terms of protection against religious hatred.

“The Scottish Government will, of course, respect the will of parliament but will also continue to work towards ridding Scottish society of the scourge of religious bigotry and prejudice. However, it’s a great pity that we must proceed without this additional tool to hold perpetrators of sectarian hatred to account.”




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Aileen Campbell MSP, Kirkton Chambers, 12 Kirkton Street, Carluke ML8 4AB • 01555 750 249 • This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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