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Boris Johnson visits Scottish COVID lab despite Sturgeon deeming trip ‘non-essential’

Written by on 28/01/2021

Boris Johnson has visited a Lighthouse Laboratory used for processing COVID-19 tests during his one-day visit to Scotland.

The prime minister met staff at the lab at the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Glasgow after pressing ahead with the trip to Scotland despite First Minister Nicola Sturgeon saying he should not come as it was “non-essential”.

Mr Johnson’s visit is aimed at highlighting the value of the United Kingdom, as a whole, in fighting the coronavirus pandemic.

The lab is used for processing PCR tests
Image: The lab is used for processing PCR tests

Recent polls have suggested there is growing support for independence and Ms Sturgeon has threatened to hold an advisory referendum.

Ms Sturgeon, who has imposed a stay-at-home lockdown in Scotland, said the PM’s visit was not essential and political leaders should abide by the same rules as they ask of the general public.

But Cabinet Office minister Michael Gove defended the trip, telling Sky News: “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.

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“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.”

And MP Jacob Rees-Mogg called Ms Sturgeon “Moanalot”, saying the PM “is doing his job” and visiting a vaccine factory “is something we should be proud of”.

 Sky News

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