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Telegraph: SNP forced to gut powers of 'state guardians' after Supreme Court defeat

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Nicola Sturgeon's government has been forced to gut its plan to assign every child a state guardian by scrapping all the role's most significant powers, under a major climbdown to make it lawful.

John Swinney, the SNP Education Minister, announced that a new Bill would be tabled before the end of June to completely rewrite the Named Person’s powers after the UK Supreme Court ruled parts of the original proposal breached parents' human rights.

He said this meant the scheme would be delayed again, until 2018, and attempted to put a brave face on the change by insisting that the Scottish Government remained "absolutely committed" to the concept.

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