GIL Paterson has challenged opposition counterparts to explain why they voted in favour of repealing an anti-sectarian law supported by the vast majority of Scots.
Last night, opposition parties sided with the Tories calling on the Scottish Government to repeal The Offensive Behaviour at Football Act (OBFA), which has been at the centre of tackling sectarianism, prejudice and discrimination.
Mr Paterson, of Clydebank and Milngavie, questioned why local opposition politicians like Ross Greer of the Scottish Green Party and Morris Golden of the Scottish Tories view the issue a priority over health, economy, jobs and Brexit.
He said: “It is a twisted move for the opposition to fall in behind the Tories to scrap an anti-hate crime law. This agenda from the opposition shows their priorities for Scotland are absolutely warped.
“I am particularly disappointed in the Greens for voting with the Tories on this.
“The people of Scotland back this anti-sectarian policy in their droves – with polls showing 80 per cent of the population supporting The Offensive Behaviour at Football Act.
“Constituents of mine will be wondering what on Earth the opposition is up to. While the SNP government is focused on education, health, economy and Scotland’s place in Europe, the other parties would rather see us remove legislation that tackles sectarianism, prejudice and discrimination, whilst offering no alternative in its place.”
Polling data showing public support for the Act is available here: http://www.gov.scot/Resource/0047/00478775.pptx
Press releases prepared by Alan Ferguson, Gil Paterson MSP's communications manager, who can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or 07342 061722..