David Stewart MSP

David Stewart to Launch Victims’ Commissioner Bill Consultation

05 January 2009

Scottish Labour have dubbed 2009, the year of victims’ rights as Scottish Labour chief Whip David Stewart prepares to launch a consultation on his proposed Victims’ Commissioner (Scotland) Bill.

The Highlands and Islands MSP will launch his consultation in the next fortnight but has already received backing from Victim Support Scotland and Rape Crisis Scotland.

David Stewart said:
“The idea of having a Victims’ Commissioner was proposed by Labour last year but received no support from the SNP.

“I have decided that if victims of crime are to get the support and attention they deserve then they need a dedicated commissioner to look after their needs.

“I will launch my consultation on my bill in the next few days and I hope that I will get backing from across Scotland and then across the chamber of the Scottish Parliament.

“I hope the Victims Commissioner will have the ability to investigate, challenge and raise awareness of issues affecting victims of crime, to act as a signpost to other services and to be a positive voice for victims of crime.

“Let’s face it there is already a Prison Complaints Commissioner. It’s time that victims of crime had their own champion.”

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Written by davidstewart

January 5, 2009 at 10:29 am

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