Taxpayers to pay No to Named Person (NO2NP) legal fees

  • Alfie Baron
The taxpayer is set to pick up an estimated £500,000 legal bill following a decision by the Supreme court. The Supreme Court has ordered the Scottish Government to pay the estimated £250,000 costs incurred by the No to Named Person campaign.

This follows a ruling that parts of the SNP's plan to assign every child a state guardian were ruled unlawful.

Simon Calvert, the campaign's chairman, accused SNP ministers of wasting hundreds of thousands of pounds defending the flawed plan and argued the court's decision to award cost to NO2NP was "a total vindication of the legal action."

The Supreme Court acknowledged that parts of the act breached parents' human rights by allowing information to be shared between public bodies without parental consent.

A lighter version of the scheme is still expected to be launched in August 2017.

You can read more of the No2NP website here.
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.