President of UK Supreme Court insists: Named Person legal victory was “most important”

Lady Hale, President of the UK Supreme Court and one of the judges who issued a unanimous ruling against the Named Person scheme, has stressed the importance of the challenge.

At a speech in Edinburgh, Lady Hale said the case against named person was a “most important” case.

She outlined how the challenge, by groups supporting NO2NP, resulted in the scheme being labelled “incompatible with the right to respect for private and family life”.

Her words are another vindication of our campaign, and a reminder of the Scottish Government’s stubbornness in trying to press ahead with its deeply unpopular plans.

When the Supreme Court judgment was handed down in 2016, Deputy First Minister John Swinney claimed that the legal bid had ‘failed’.

This couldn’t be further from the truth. The Government has hit roadblock after roadblock in its vain attempt to resurrect its scheme.

Last year, the Education Committee stopped a new Bill in its tracks, saying a draft Code of Practice was totally unsuitable.

Just last week, we learned that a specially selected panel has not been able to come up with a fix in time.

We have an easy fix – it is long past time that these plans were abandoned.

Lady Hale’s words, almost exactly two years on from the judgment, are a timely reminder of this.

The ball is in your court, Mr Swinney.

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