UK: Home Office refuses request to include Scottish operations in undercover policing inquiry

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"The Scottish government has been urged to set up its own inquiry into undercover policing after the UK government refused to extend an existing probe north of the border.

Calls to expand the Pitchford Inquiry to Scotland were backed by representatives of all parties.

But policing minister Brandon Lewis said this was "not possible".

Scottish Labour now wants Holyrood to conduct its own probe into the conduct of undercover police officers.

A spokesman for the Scottish government said it was "extremely disappointed" that Pitchford would not be extended, and is now considering the next steps."

See: Call for Holyrood to mount undercover policing inquiry (BBC News, link) and: UK: Growing calls to extend undercover policing inquiry remit beyond England and Wales

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