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Humza Yousaf admits seeking alternatives to BTP breakup

18 December 2018

After Humza Yousaf confirmed today that alternatives to merging British Transport Police (BTP) with Police Scotland need to be developed TSSA leader Manuel Cortes said “I am glad Humza Yousaf has had the political courage to reverse his predecessor’s decision.

“The breakup of BTP and its merger with Police Scotland was opposed by everyone involved in railway policing from the bobbies on the trains to the senior management, to the unions, to the train operating companies. But previous Justice Secretary Michael Matheson put nationalism ahead of national interest and pushed ahead anyway.

“Now Humza Yousaf has admitted to the Justice Committee that the aim of greater oversight of railway policing by the Scottish Government can be achieved without an expensive and traumatic breakup.

“Michael Matheson should hang his head in shame today for all the unnecessary stress he’s put our members, and the BTP Police Officers through for what was little more than a nationalist vanity project.”

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