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Nicola Sturgeon 'confused' by Andy Burnham's stance on travel ban

Nicola Sturgeon 'confused' by Andy Burnham's stance on travel ban. Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has defended the ban on non-essential travel with Manchester and Salford after an angry reaction from the area’s mayor. Greater Manchester mayor Andy Burnham accused the Scottish government of "hypocrisy" over the move, but the...
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Covid in Scotland: Nicola Sturgeon defends Manchester travel ban

Scotland's first minister has defended the ban on non-essential travel with Manchester and Salford after an angry reaction from the area's mayor. Greater Manchester mayor Andy Burnham has now written to Nicola Sturgeon asking her to explain the move. Ms Sturgeon earlier said the decision was a public health measure,...
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SPAA asks to meet Nicola Sturgeon on day of action

The Scottish Passenger Agents’ Association has written to Scotland’s first minister Nicola Sturgeon outlining the plight of the industry ahead of the Travel Day of Action on Wednesday (June 23). In the open letter, the SPAA president Joanne Dooey asks for a face-to-face meeting to discuss why agents face “nothing...
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Burnham calls on Nicola Sturgeon to justify travel ban

Andy Burnham has called on Nicola Sturgeon to justify the “totally disproportionate” travel ban between the north-west of England and Scotland in an open letter. The mayor of Greater Manchester intervened after Sturgeon extended the ban on non-essential travel – it was already in place for Bolton and Blackburn with Darwen – to Manchester and Salford on Friday.
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Nicola Sturgeon promises students will be vaccinated by Welcome Week

Nicola Sturgeon has vowed that all adults, including students, will be fully vaccinated by the middle of September. This is because the vaccine rollout in Scotland continues to be ahead of schedule and the initial aim of giving all adults their first shot has been altered from the end of July to the earlier date of 18th July.
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Nicola Sturgeon unveils plans for Scottish ‘Freedom Day’ on August 9

Scotland is less than seven weeks away from a "Freedom Day", Nicola Sturgeon has insisted, after she unveiled plans to scrap all major Covid-19 restrictions, including social distancing, on Aug 9. The First Minister confirmed all of Scotland would finally move to Level 0 of her five-tier lockdown system on...
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Nicola Sturgeon admits failure over Scottish drugs crisis

Nicola Sturgeon has admitted parts of her government's response to Scotland's drug deaths crisis have "failed" as she came under pressure to introduce a legal right to rehabilitation. The First Minister conceded her SNP administration "has much, much more to do" but denied that the spiralling number of drug deaths,...
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Nicola Sturgeon denies Dominic Cummings’s claim that she pushed to delay quarantine plan

Nicola Sturgeon has denied Dominic Cummings's claim that she pushed to delay a crucial plan to halt the spread of Covid before the UK went into full lockdown. Boris Johnson's former chief adviser said the First Minister had backed Matt Hancock, the Health Secretary, in an effort to stall a requirement for entire households to quarantine if one member had symptoms.
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Put Australia deal to a vote, Nicola Sturgeon tells Liz Truss

‘There’s no such thing as a free lunch’: Do we need a WFH wake-up call?. The Government is under pressure to open up the new UK-Australia trade deal to a vote in both the House of Commons and Holyrood. Nicola Sturgeon told MSPs she was "deeply concerned about the implications...
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Boy's plea to Nicola Sturgeon for medical cannabis for his brother

A 13-year-old boy has written a letter to the first minister pleading for help to fund a type of medical cannabis that has eased his brother's epilepsy. Dean Gray's brother Murray had hundreds of seizures a day before taking the drug Bedrolite from the Netherlands. His family hope the drug...
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Nicola Sturgeon apologises to businesses for poor lockdown communication

Nicola Sturgeon has apologised to businesses for poor communication of last-minute lockdown changes as tourism chiefs said her government had failed to provide "the support and clarity that we need". The First Minister told the National Economic Forum that she was "genuinely sorry" her SNP administration had failed to meet...
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Covid: Nicola Sturgeon says Scotland ‘unlikely’ to move out of lockdown as scheduled

Scotland is “unlikely” to ease coronavirus restrictions further at the end of the month as had been planned, Nicola Sturgeon has said.Speaking in Holyrood, the first minister did not rule out the further relaxation of rules – moving to Level 0 – on 28 June but said the Scottish government wanted to “buy ourselves sufficient time” to allow the vaccination programme to continue its work. She suggested that Scotland would not return to “much greater normality” until later in July at the earliest. “Given the current situation – and the need to get more people fully vaccinated before we ease...