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TSSA British Transport Police staff "hopping mad" at SNP after BBC TV debate

1 June 2017

TSSA members at British Transport Police will be surprised to hear the SNP leader at Westminster Angus Robertson tell last night's BBC Debate audience that his party is committed to maintaining police numbers, says General Secretary, Manuel Cortes.

TSSA members at British Transport Police will be surprised to hear the SNP leader at Westminster Angus Robertson tell last night's BBC Debate  audience that his party is committed to maintaining police numbers, says General Secretary, Manuel Cortes. TSSA has been campaigning to retain a unified British Transport Police in the face of the SNP policy to merge officers and specialised police staff North of the Border into Police Scotland. 

And following the suicide bomb in Manchester last week, Cortes has written to SNP leader, Nicola Surgeon and her Transport Minister,  Humza Yousaf urging them to halt the break up of BTP in the interests of passenger safety - both sides of their border.

"TSSA members working to support the specialised policing BTP offers are hopping mad at Angus Robertson's claim that the SNP are committed to maintaining adequate police resources in Scotland whilst they are actively smashing up BTP.  Not content with the SNP playing politics with passenger safety, I'm sad to say Angus was, was definitely playing politics with the truth too last night in Cambridge. .

"Following the suicide bombing In Manchester last week, I have written again to First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon and  her Transport Minister, Humza Yousaf, the Scottish Greens and the LibDens who both disgracefully support the SNP, asking them again to reconsider their decision to downgrade the policing of our railways and railway stations.

"If the plan to devolve BTP into Police Scotland is not given  a stay of execution  before the Bill goes before Holyrood, far from protecting policing in Scotland, the SNP will be responsible for snuffing it out."

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