Nicola Sturgeon's hypocrisy over police cuts in England and Scotland

  • Alfie Baron
Following London terror attacks Scottish National Party leader, Nicola Sturgeon, joined forces with Labour to complain about police staffing cuts in England. She went as fast as to say: “We can’t keep the public safe by cutting police numbers”.

Her hypocrisy knows no bounds. It has now come to light that Police Scotland are planning to cut at least 400 positions over the next 10 years. The cuts are likely to start taking effect some time in 2018.

The cuts are required as Police Scotland expect an £188m funding gap by 2020-21.

Andrew Flanagan, chairman of the Scottish Police Authority, said: "We are anticipating a small reduction in police officer numbers through to 2020.

"It would be around 400, but that would come towards the end of the period, rather than early on.

"We expect police officer numbers to remain at their current level through the coming year and only gradually reduce thereafter."

Scottish Police Federation general secretary Calum Steele said: “I am delighted the First Minister has recognised that cutting police numbers jeopardises community safety.

“Given that the public and politicians now agree on the importance of this, I look forward to the Chief Constable reversing his decision to reduce police numbers over the coming years.”

So far the First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, hasn't blocked this move. It would seem to appear that Nicola Sturgeon can criticise Theresa May over cuts, but is happy for them to go on in Scotland.

Ms Sturgeon claimed Scotland is in a “much stronger position than other parts of the UK” to deal with any terror threat.

She explained: “We haven’t cut police numbers — we have maintained the number of police officers. We have also taken steps in the last few months to increase the number of trained armed officers."

We find the First Minister's hypocrisy astonishing.
SNP MSP Mark McDonald quits SNP in Sleaze Investigation
  • Alfie Baron

Aberdeen Donside MSP Mark McDonald has quit the Scottish National Party (SNP).

His resignations follows allegations of misconduct against at least two women.

McDonald resigned from the SNP with immediate effect - but will remain as an Independent MSP.