Sturgeon told to END 'party political broadcast' briefings as SNP leader sparks fury

Ms Sturgeon yesterday criticised Westminster for “shambolic” decision making after opening up the UK to international travel based on three traffic light categories. A list of 73 countries and territories where English holidaymakers can visit without self-isolating on their return was published by the UK Government yesterday.

It features popular short-haul destinations such as Spain, France, Italy, Turkey, Greece and Cyprus, as well as long-haul locations including Australia, Barbados, Hong Kong, Japan, New Zealand and Vietnam.

However, some popular destinations including Portugal, the US, China and Thailand were among the notable absentees.

Ms Sturgoen said: “It is likely, very likely, that we will be able to agree on the list of countries that the UK has categorised as low risk, although we will need to do a proper assessment of that.

“When so much is at stake as it right now we can’t allow ourselves to be dragged along in the wake of another government’s, to be quite frank about it, shambolic decision-making process.”

Following the comments, however, during her daily briefing on Friday, The Scottish Conservatives erupted into an explosive rant.

Murdo Fraser, Fife MSP claimed that it was “absolute nonsense” that BBC Scotland allowed Nicola Sturgeon’s briefings to go out live on television.

Mr Fraser wrote: “It’s absolute nonsense that @BBCScotlandNews are still broadcasting live every day a 30 minute Party Political Broadcast by the SNP, with no opportunity for a response by any other Party or contrary views expressed. This has to end.”

He added: “Announcements of changes in lockdown restrictions should be made in Parliament, to be subject to appropriate scrutiny, not in a media briefing.

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“Why are you scared that information is shared?”

Holyrood has been holding the daily question and answer sessions since March as the coronavirus outbreak moved swiftly through Scotland.

Nicola Sturgeon is joined by cabinet members and clinical directors/scientists at least four days a week at 12:30pm on the BBC.

Calls for scrapping the briefing come after Downing Street scrapped it’s daily talks last month following the announcement of phase three measures being relaxed.



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