Sturgeon Asks Cameron If U.K.’s Snooping on Scottish Lawmakers

Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon asked Prime Minister David Cameron for assurances that Scottish lawmakers’ communications aren’t being intercepted by U.K. intelligence agencies.

Her move followed reports in the Glasgow-based Daily Record newspaper that the “Wilson doctrine” is no longer being applied in Scotland. The doctrine, named for former Prime Minister Harold Wilson who introduced the convention in 1966, forbids the U.K’s intelligence agencies from bugging lawmakers’ telephone calls or intercepting their e-mails. The U.K. government said it was reviewing the policy in March 2014.

In an open letter to Cameron published Friday, Sturgeon asked for “urgent clarification” about the reports, saying “the confidentiality of communications between parliamentarians and their constituents is of utmost importance.”

Sturgeon’s letter comes a week after her Scottish National Party, winner of 56 out of 59 seats in Scotland in the May general election, flexed its parliamentary muscles and forced Cameron to delay a vote on controversial changes to English hunting laws. The SNP also led opposition to Cameron’s plans to restrict the right of lawmakers from Scottish districts to vote in the House of Commons on English-only matters.

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