McInnes welcomes delay on corroboration

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North East MSP Alison McInnes has welcomed the news that the Scottish Government has listened to concerns over plans to scrap corroboration before a full review had taken place.

The announcement came after pressure was put on the Scottish Government to delay Stage Two deliberations until after Lord Bonomy published his findings on any potential safeguards.

North East MSP Alison McInnes said: “Once Kenny MacAskill actually conceded that other safeguards would be required then the only sensible way forward was to await the outcome of Lord Bonomy’s work. Kenny Macaskill’s obstinacy on this has risked bringing parliament into disrepute, so I welcome his change of heart. This is a victory for common sense. People will breathe a sigh of relief today having watched the justice secretary step back from the brink. Parliament should never be asked to pass legislation before it has considered all the implications.

“Scottish Liberal Democrats are the only party to have consistently opposed the Scottish Government’s ill-thought-through plans to scrap corroboration. Kenny MacAskill’s attempts to push this onto the statute book only compounded those concerns.”