Scotland Election 2016

Holyrood election 2016: Where the parties stand on law and order

Voters in Scotland go to the polls on Thursday 5 May to choose their next MSPs. But where do the parties stand on key issues? Here we look at jobs and the economy.


  • protect the frontline police budget in real terms for each year in the parliament - delivering an additional £100m of investment over the next five years
  • create a new criminal offence to help tackle all forms of domestic abuse
  • ensure the police also have more specialists, such as experts in cyber-crime and counter-fraud
  • establish Community Justice Scotland for the planning and delivery of community sentences

  • review and reform the Victim Information and Advice Service
  • scrap the Offensive Behaviour at Football and Threatening Communications (Scotland) Act 2012
  • protect the justice budget in real terms
  • implement the recommendations set out in the Pearson Review into policing

  • a "thorough review" of Police Scotland, which would also look at ways in which local accountability can be restored
  • more Community Payback Orders should include a work element to make them a "credible alternative" to prison with those breaching community sentences should be sent to prison for 24 or 48 hours
  • life should mean life for some of the worst offenders, who would not have the right to apply for parole
  • reversing the "Named Persons law" and setting up a new Crisis Family Fund in its place

  • end to Police Scotland's target driven use of stop & search
  • end ministerial control over appointments and give councils approval over policing plans
  • extra £20m for Police Scotland budget
  • drug use to be treated as a health issue as well as a presumption against short prison sentences of less than 12 months

  • work towards local policing accountable to independent, democratically controlled police authorities, with investment in community policing to focus efforts on crime prevention
  • full equality before the law for LGBTI+ communities and a Strategy for Inclusion co-produced with disabled people, and a Gender Equality Bill
  • enhance legal aid services
  • decriminalisation of possession and cultivation of cannabis for personal use

  • changing the drink driving limit back to 80mg per 100ml of blood - the same as the rest of the UK
  • allowing pubs and clubs the choice to open smoking rooms if they wish
  • repeal the "Named Persons Act" and the Offensive Behaviour at Football and Threatening Communications (Scotland) Act 2012
  • oppose any plans to create a super ID database and review single police force