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Manuel Cortes critices plans to merge BTP into Police Scotland as Chief Constable resigns

8 February 2018

TSSA General Secretary Manuel Cortes has lashed out at plans to merge British Transport Police (BTP) into Police Scotland after Chief Constable Phil Gormley finally quit over allegations of bullying.

 TSSA General Secretary Manuel Cortes has lashed out at plans to merge British Transport Police (BTP) into Police Scotland after Chief Constable Phil Gormley finally quit over allegations of bullying.

Said Cortes, “The SNP have shown they cannot be trusted with policing in Scotland. The creation of Police Scotland was nothing more than an ideological exercise which no-one needed or wanted. Since then its lurched from disaster to disaster. Gormley’s resignation with a £50,000 pay-off after seven months’ paid gardening leave is just the latest example, demonstrating the utter incompetence of the service. Nowhere else takes seven months to investigate complaints of bullying and decide what to do.

“It beggars belief that the Scottish government is determined to have such a bunch of incompetents take over the well-run, efficient, well-respected British Transport Police. Yet again we’re seeing this SNP government put nationalism ahead of Scottish people’s safety.

"It’s time for Justice Secretary Michael Matheson admit he was wrong, do the decent thing and join Gormley in resigning.” 

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