Civil Liberties

James at Dunfermline Police Station

James at Dunfermline Police Station

The SNP have been centralising the life out of Scotland’s communities, and nowhere is this more obvious than in Police Scotland. James Calder wants to bring back community-led policing to Scotland, and believes Fifers will benefit directly from this.

James has said, “Despite the hard work of our police officers and staff, the SNP have damaged the local links so important in our police force. Top-down targets and overly-centralised structures have led to increased stop-and-searches, damaging out civil liberties, as well as the situation where we did have armed police were sent to routine calls. We need to restore traditional policing in Scotland by allowing local officers to use their discretion as well as bring back local consensus and accountability.”

The Conservatives have set out plans to abolish the Human Rights Act and the Lib Dems are leading the campaign to stop them from doing this.

The Human Rights Act helps ensures our fundamental rights are protected and prevents the Government from disregarding these. Examples of protections offered include:

the right to life;
the prohibition of torture and inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment;
the prohibition of slavery and forced labour;
the right to liberty and security of the person;
the right to a fair trial;
prohibition of punishment without law;
the right to respect for private and family life;
the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion;
the right to freedom of expression;
the right to freedom of assembly and association;
the right for men and women to marry and found a family;
the right to peaceful enjoyment of personal property;
the right to education;
the right to free elections;
and the prohibition of discrimination.

If you want to support the Lib Dem campaign to keep our human rights then please sign the petition here.

James Calder campaigning for the Lib Dem fightback

James Calder campaigning for the Lib Dem fightback

Since the polls closed, an unprecedented 13,000 people have signed up to join the Lib Dems, helping to help shape the new Lib Dem fightback.

James Calder, Dunfermline Lib Dem activist has commented, ‘It is brilliant to see so many people join the Lib Dems since the election. While I am naturally disappointed with our results, it heartens me to see that so many people agree with me that it is important to see a strong Liberal voice in our Parliament at a time when the Tories are attacking civil liberties through the Snoopers Charter at UK level and SNP are threatening our freedoms with their Super ID databases at Scottish level.’

‘If you agree with me that we need to campaign hard to maintain our hard won freedoms, I urge you to join the Lib Dems today in our fightback for liberal values.’

If you are interested in joining the Lib Dems, please either follow this link or contact James Calder at james@dunfermlinelibdems.org.uk to discuss further.