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18 May 2007

Local MSP Seeks Early Meeting With New Justice Secretary On Peterhead Prison

Banff & Buchan MSP Stewart Stevenson has requested an early meeting with the new Cabinet Secretary for Justice Kenny Macaskill MSP to press the case for Peterhead Prison.

Mr Stevenson has been campaigning since he was elected in 2001 to secure the future of the prison which resulted in the then Justice Minister Jim Wallace overturning the decision to close it.

Speaking from his office in the Scottish Parliament, Mr Stevenson said:

"Obviously I am delighted that my party signalled its commitment to Peterhead Prison in the SNP Manifesto.

"People in the North-east are aware of the SNP's relentless dedication to this campaign. I am confident that the new Justice Secretary will recognise the urgency of the situation given that the staff at Peterhead have been left in limbo now for years by the previous Government.

"I look forward to a positive meeting with Mr Macaskill in early course."
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