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Letter to the Office for Statistics Regulation (22 June 2020)

This letter may also be downloaded here 22 June 2020 DearWe would like to raise our formal concerns about the reliability of some of the statistics published in 'Criminal Proceedings in Scotland'. [1] This is a National Statistics for Scotland…

MBM response to the UK Statistics consultation on inclusive data (26 March 2021)

(Sent by email, 26 March 2021) Dear Sir/Madam, Since 2018 we have undertaken extensive research and analysis on data collection in relation to sex and gender identity. Our work includes both oral and written evidence to the Scottish Parliament on…

The exclusion of sex and extension of stirring up hatred (Stage 1 debate briefing) (December 2020)

This briefing can also be accessed here Introduction This briefing was prepared for the Stage 1 debate on the Hate Crime and Public Order (Scotland) Bill. The briefing focuses on two areas: the exclusion of sex from the hate crime…

Supplementary evidence on the Hate Crime and Public Order (Scotland) Bill: the meaning of transphobia (November 2020)

This blog can be accessed as a briefing here Background On 29 November 2020 we submitted supplementary evidence to the Justice Committee in the light of (a) an open letter currently circulating which has been signed by a number of…

The ‘ordinary meaning’ of words: a reassurance that does not reassure (November 2020)

This blog may be downloaded as a briefing here 1. Background Discussing the Hate Crime and Public Order (Scotland) Bill at the Justice Committee on 24 November, the Cabinet Secretary Humza Yousaf argued that he did not think a person would…

Stage 1 questions for the Cabinet Secretary for Justice (September 2020)

This blog can be downloaded as a briefing here Background The Scottish Parliament’s Justice Committee began consideration of the Hate Crime and Public Order (Scotland) Bill at Stage 1 on Tuesday 27 October, and took evidence from Cabinet Secretary for Justice. This…

The Hate Crime and Public Order (Scotland) Bill: Views from Scottish policing (September 2020)

This briefing looks at some of the issues raised in the submissions from Police Scotland, Association of Scottish Police Superintendents (ASPS) and the Scottish Police Federation, namely those organisations who will be tasked with upholding the new law. Broadly supportive in some places and fiercely critical in others, the submissions capture the complexities that underlie the hate crime agenda, issues around public trust and police legitimacy, as well as more practical workload considerations and the costs of training 17,000 officers in what is emerging as a charged and contested area of law. 

Justice Committee: Hate Crime and Public Order (Scotland) Bill Submission by MBM

The Hate Crime and Public Order Bill is intended to provide for the modernising, consolidating and extending of hate crime legislation in Scotland. Since publication in April 2020, the draft Bill has attracted a range of critical responses, including the Law Society…

Evidence to the Delegated Powers and Law Reform Committee (24 August 2020)

Submission by MurrayBlackburnMackenzie Introduction We welcome the opportunity to submit evidence to the Committee and apologise for not having identified the need to do so sooner. The annex provides a note about who we are and how we are funded.…

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