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Boris reported to police over ‘non-essential’ travel to Scotland amid lockdown

by Mark Fitt Political Journalist
28th Jan 21 3:14 pm

The British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson has been reported to the police after the SNP warned him not to come to Scotland as it is “non-essential” travel.

Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said that Johnson’s trip from London to Edinburgh then onto Aberdeen, “right no is not essential.”

She slammed the British Prime Minister for not abiding by his own advice that he tells the public to follow.

Johnson also visited a Glasgow vaccination centre which is being set up by the British Army, and then onto the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital where coronavirus tests are processed.

Scotland’s SNP has suggested that the Prime Minister has broken Scotland’s strict coronavirus travel bans.

Sturgeon said on Thursday, “I would say me travelling from Edinburgh to Aberdeen to visit a vaccination centre right now is not essential, and Boris Johnson travelling from London to wherever he is in Scotland to do the same is not essential.

“If we’re asking other people to abide by that, then I’m sorry but it’s probably incumbent on us to do likewise.”

Police Scotland said that they are aware of a number of complaints that Johnson has broken Scotland’s travel lockdown ban, but said he has travelled in an “official capacity.”

Police Scotland said, “We have received a small number of complaints regarding Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s visit to Scotland.

“This is a working visit in his official capacity as Prime Minister and we are policing the event appropriately.”

Sturgeon said during her briefing, “We are living in a global pandemic and every day I stand and look down the camera and say ‘don’t travel unless it is essential, work from home if you possibly can’.

“That has to apply to all of us. People like me and Boris Johnson have to be in work for reasons people understand, but we don’t have to travel across the UK. We have a duty to lead by example.”

However, the Prime Minister’s official spokesperson said it is a “fundamental part” for Johnson’s job to go out to communities.

“These are COVID-related visits. You’ve seen the prime minister do a number of them over the past few weeks.

“It is obviously important that he is continuing to meet and see those who are on the front line in terms of those who are providing tests, in terms of those who are working so hard to deliver the vaccination plan.”

Johnson visited a Lighthouse Laboratory which is used to process Covid tests, and then met staff at the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Glasgow.

Despite Sturgeon telling Johnson to abide by the same rules that political leaders ask of the public, Michael Gove defended the Prime Minister.

Speaking to Sky News, Gove said, “The prime minister has a responsibility and a role to make sure the vaccine roll-out is proceeding appropriately, to thank those on the front line, NHS professionals and those in the British Army who are making sure things work well.

“It’s also important the prime minister hears from those on the front line what is going well and what needs to improve.

“When the prime minister visits other parts of the United Kingdom, other political leaders don’t criticise him, indeed there is a welcome for the prime minister and other ministers who are rolling up their sleeves and are getting in touch with those on the ground who are making a difference.”

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