Tuesday, 15 February 2011

'Right wing' justice policy of Scottish Labour slammed



By IAN SWANSON, Political Editor, Edinburgh Evening News

A FORMER aide to Gordon Brown has criticised Labour's Scottish leadership over its "right wing" stance on justice.

John Rowan, who also served on the prison visiting committee for Edinburgh's Saughton jail, claimed there was "unease" within the party over its opposition to the SNP's scrapping of short prison sentences and the "soft touch Scotland" rhetoric of leader Iain Gray and justice spokesman Richard Baker.

He said: "People feel we are appealing to populism rather than having a well thought-out policy. We're echoing the Tories."

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