Christian Allard MSP

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Christian Allard MSP

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  • Member for: North East Scotland
  • Party: Scottish National Party

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Meeting of the Parliament 08 October 2014 : Wednesday, October 08, 2014
Christian Allard (North East Scotland) (SNP)

I am afraid that four minutes is far too short to debate the 203 words in the motion that Graeme Pearson, the Labour justice spokesman, has put before us. Let us take words 7 and 8, and discuss what Mr Pearson calls “fundamental changes”. Those are operational matters that were in place long before Police Scotland was created—in police forces all across Scotland and south of the border.

The role of the Scottish Police Authority board was created to hold the chief constable to account, not to micromanage the chief constable, as Mr Pearson would like it to do. Mr Pearson and his Labour colleagues chose to ignore that and are calling operational matters policy decisions, to undermine Police Scotland. Stop and search was a policy that Labour, the Conservatives and the Liberal Democrats supported, yet today they use that important tool in Police Scotland’s toolbox to undermine the excellent work of police officers working to make our streets safe.

As for armed police officers in our streets, Mr Pearson has been found out. We heard it: we know now that the Labour justice spokesman wanted a standing authority for his officers to carry firearms when he was director of the Scottish Crime and Drug Enforcement Agency.

I believe that Mr Pearson should consider his position as a member of the Justice Sub-Committee on Policing. I could replace him easily, Presiding Officer, and I shall explain why. The motion lodged by Labour’s justice spokesman attacks the Scottish Police Authority for failing to hold the chief constable to account. Let me remind the chamber who has the remit to scrutinise all aspects of policing in Scotland. The Justice Sub-Committee on Policing has that remit. If Mr Pearson thinks that he has failed, he should reconsider his position.

The motion from Scottish Labour tells us more about that party than it tells us about Police Scotland. The motion is about Scottish Labour members wanting to micromanage our police officers. They did it when they were in charge and they want to do it now that they are in opposition. It is not about political interference from Scottish Labour; it is much more than that. It is about Labour politicians wanting to tell our police officers how to do their job. Labour members did not have a clue then, and they do not have a clue now.

I remember a North East Scotland MSP who was Labour justice spokesman—he has left the chamber now—supporting police reform at the time. Scottish Labour believed then that the change was essential to ensure that we had policing fit for Scotland in the 21st century and to maximise investment in front-line services right across Scotland. That is what Police Scotland and the cabinet secretary have achieved.

I understand why the Scottish Conservative amendment says nothing about elected police commissioners and why Margaret Mitchell did not say anything about that in her speech. It was another of the Liberal Democrats’ great ideas for getting elected, but people just cannot trust the Liberal Democrats on policing. One would think that Labour members would know that using Police Scotland as a political football will get them nowhere—exactly where the Liberal Democrats are today.

If someone should resign, it is Graeme Pearson, a member of the Justice Sub-Committee on Policing who thinks that the role of that committee is to be a political tool to attack Police Scotland at every opportunity, in the media and here in the chamber.

I will be supporting the cabinet secretary’s amendment to the motion. There has been no fundamental change in the way that police operate.



Meeting of the Parliament 08 October 2014 : Wednesday, October 08, 2014
Christian Allard

There is no crisis. Today, Parliament needs to take the opportunity to congratulate officers and staff on their excellent work since the creation of Police Scotland.

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Meeting of the Parliament 08 October 2014 : Wednesday, October 08, 2014
Christian Allard

Will the member give way?



Justice Committee 07 October 2014 : Tuesday, October 07, 2014
Christian Allard (North East Scotland) (SNP)

Good morning. The evidence that we have received from Barnardo’s mentions the challenges of the need for corroboration in proving sexual offences. That written evidence is corroborated by the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service, which states:

“grooming behaviour may be difficult to prove by corroborated evidence given that it will have occurred in private.”

Is the requirement for corroboration the main barrier to prosecution in child sexual exploitation cases?



Justice Committee 07 October 2014 : Tuesday, October 07, 2014
Christian Allard

Another barrier might be a barrier to prosecution for grooming. There is some evidence that only other offences are prosecuted and that grooming becomes only a narrative in the evidence to support the prosecution. Is that why there have not been as many prosecutions for grooming as we might have expected?



Justice Committee 07 October 2014 : Tuesday, October 07, 2014
Christian Allard

I would like to have the view of the police on the matter.



Equal Opportunities Committee 02 October 2014 : Thursday, October 02, 2014
Christian Allard (North East Scotland) (SNP)

I am an MSP for North East Scotland.



Equal Opportunities Committee 02 October 2014 : Thursday, October 02, 2014
Christian Allard

First, I have a question about education. Some of you have talked about an early stage school programme that you were involved in to try to increase homelessness prevention, to make sure that young people know what its roots are and, at the same time, to address stereotypes. I want to know more about that programme. What influence can you have on education departments? Some of you have talked about a lack of interest, so how can we inspire education departments to put the subject on to their curriculum?



Equal Opportunities Committee 02 October 2014 : Thursday, October 02, 2014
Christian Allard

Thank you. Your response leads me on to another question. You say that you are astonished to hear people asking whether old videos are available as DVDs. In our inquiry, Charlene McKellar from Who Cares? Scotland told us why nothing was done on social media. She said:

“Totally. Those are the places that it needs to hit”.—[Official Report, Equal Opportunities Committee, 14 August 2014; c 2048.]

You mentioned a pack. How can that be made more available not only to the teachers but to the children? Perhaps social media is another route.



Equal Opportunities Committee 02 October 2014 : Thursday, October 02, 2014
Christian Allard

I have a question about funding. We have talked a lot about funding for the Dunedin Canmore Group, and perhaps Bob Stewart will want to talk about it. Funding for youth organisations has been described as a “moveable feast”. I do not know how funding cuts will affect Dunedin Canmore. You have talked about more imaginative ways of obtaining funding. Can you share your views on that with the committee?

Vote DetailMSP VoteResult

S4M-11123 Joe FitzPatrick on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business Motion—That the Parliament
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S4M-11114.2 Kenny MacAskill: Policing—As an amendment to motion S4M-11114 in the name of Graeme Pear
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YesCarried

S4M-11114 Graeme Pearson: Policing—That the Parliament acknowledges that policing in Scotland contin
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S4M-11116.1.1 Patrick Harvie: Scotland’s Future—As an amendment to amendment S4M-11116.1 in the name
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S4M-11116.1 Nicola Sturgeon: Scotland’s Future—As an amendment to motion S4M-11116 in the name of Jo
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S4M-11116 Johann Lamont: Scotland’s Future—That the Parliament recognises the result of the independ
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Amendment 61 moved by Elaine Murray on motion S4M-11101 Kenny MacAskill: Courts Reform (Scotland) Bi
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NoDefeated

Amendment 62 moved by Margaret Mitchell on motion S4M-11101 Kenny MacAskill: Courts Reform (Scotland
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Amendment 63 moved by Margaret Mitchell on motion S4M-11101 Kenny MacAskill: Courts Reform (Scotland
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Amendment 64 moved by Margaret Mitchell on motion S4M-11101 Kenny MacAskill: Courts Reform (Scotland
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Motion S4M-11019: Christian Allard, North East Scotland, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 26/09/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-10952: Christian Allard, North East Scotland, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 11/09/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-10900: Christian Allard, North East Scotland, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 01/09/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-10892: Christian Allard, North East Scotland, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 28/08/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-10785: Christian Allard, North East Scotland, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 12/08/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-10781: Christian Allard, North East Scotland, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 12/08/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-10741: Christian Allard, North East Scotland, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 06/08/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-10725: Christian Allard, North East Scotland, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 04/08/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-10711: Christian Allard, North East Scotland, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 01/08/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-10510: Christian Allard, North East Scotland, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 27/06/2014 Show Full Motion >>
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Question S4O-03544: Christian Allard, North East Scotland, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 22/09/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4O-03489: Christian Allard, North East Scotland, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 11/08/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4O-03193: Christian Allard, North East Scotland, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 28/04/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4O-03037: Christian Allard, North East Scotland, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 10/03/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4O-02997: Christian Allard, North East Scotland, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 03/03/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4O-02980: Christian Allard, North East Scotland, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 24/02/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4O-02941: Christian Allard, North East Scotland, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 17/02/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4O-02836: Christian Allard, North East Scotland, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 13/01/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4O-02763: Christian Allard, North East Scotland, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 16/12/2013 Show Full Question >>
Question S4O-02698: Christian Allard, North East Scotland, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 02/12/2013 Show Full Question >>

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