Watch: Reaction to historic Named Person judgment

Speaking outside the Supreme Court in London this morning Simon Calvert, Deputy Director for The Christian Institute, welcomed a ruling against the Scottish Government’s ‘unwanted, unworkable and undemocratic’ Named Person scheme.

The Supreme Court struck down data sharing powers it described as “central to the role of the named person”. If the Scottish Government were to bring in new Named Person legislation, it would be impossible to operate the scheme in the way it wanted.

Mr Calvert dismissed Deputy First Minister John Swinney’s claim that the Government had won the Named Person case and that the existing legislation simply needs to be ‘clarified’.

He went on to say that the Supreme Court has recognised concerns about data sharing in the Named Person proposals and that any new legislation on the issue will “look very different” from the old legislation.

James McIntosh, a parent involved in the legal action against the scheme, also spoke outside the Supreme Court expressing his satisfaction with the outcome.

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