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Many readers will remember that last week I asked the Justice Secretary whether the increasing number of police mental health absences might be caused by reductions in officer numbers. After receiving less than satisfactory answers, I tried again this week asking Humza Yousaf whether the shocking and abhorrent doubling in assaults against officers could be a contributing factor in mental health absences and what action he would take regarding this issue.   


During First Minister’s Questions yesterday, I asked Nicola Sturgeon whether she would back Scottish Conservative plans to double the maximum sentence for attacking emergency workers, given that her government’s effective ban on short sentences means that the vast majority of criminals convinced under legislation designed to protect emergency workers from assault will currently never see the inside of a prison cell.


I was also extremely concerned this week to hear reports that the SNP were considering writing off 51 years worth of community payback orders, which are given as a sentence to people convicted of a crime. The SNP government must stop using Covid-19 as an excuse for soft-touch justice and this plan is a complete betrayal of victims, and leaves dangerous criminals laughing at the law. It does nothing for the deterrence of crime and makes a mockery of the hard work police do in bringing these criminals to book. The SNP should be finding ways to make Scotland’s justice system work through the pandemic, not making life easier for criminals.


I recently visited the Somebody Cares Megastore in Hazelhead to learn about the fantastic work they do to provide free food, furniture, clothing and much more to the vulnerable and the marginalised people of our area and I also submitted a motion in Parliament to recognise their dedication and resilience in continuing to serve the community during these challenging times.  


As always, please do not hesitate to get in touch if I can be of any assistance.  

Liam Kerr MSP: Time to toughen up the SNPs soft touch justice system

Alexander Burnett MSP on the UKs green recovery

As we look towards rebuilding our economy, this week it was great to see the UK Government’s plans for a green recovery that will not only help tackle the climate crisis but will create thousands of jobs.

 

Whilst the SNP Government only focus on one thing, the Conservatives have plans to make real changes to protect our world for future generations.

 

This ‘green industrial revolution’ will provide huge opportunities for the North East – from carbon capture & storage and offshore wind, to making our homes more energy efficient.

 

If anyone has any green initiatives they would like to discuss I would be delighted to hear them!

 

I also want to say a huge congratulations to Thomas Truby for receiving the Aberdeenshire’s Future Award! Thomas, who started The Rubbish Club on Facebook, has continued his litter picks in his local community and has been raising awareness of environmental issues. This community spirit is truly inspirational and reminds us all of the importance of looking after our environment.

 

As ever, if there is anything else you think I should be holding the SNP to account on please do not hesitate to get in touch.