Category Archives: Coronavirus

Column: Coronavirus vaccination rollout on track

  

In my column in the East Lothian Courier I discuss conversations with the Health Secretary and the health board about the vaccine rollout. “The issue of many being asked to travel to Edinburgh is being addressed with the mass vaccination centre at Queen Margaret University opening up, East Lothian Community Hospital also, and improvements in supply to GP practices which… Read more »

Politics Live on BBC2 2/2/21

  

I was interviewed on the BBC’s Politics Live programme this afternoon, discussing a number of topics including the potential requirement for all visitors to Scotland to quarantine in a hotel upon arrival.  Subsequent to this interview the Scottish Government has announced that visitors will indeed have to quarantine.  You can find more information on this new aspect of our efforts… Read more »

East Lothian and Scotland enter lockdown

  

From Tuesday 5 January East Lothian, along with the rest of mainland Scotland will move from Level 4 to a temporary Lockdown. Similar to the restrictions put in place back in March 2020 this means that you should stay at home where possible.  There are exceptions for a variety of activities, however these situations will only arise for essential activities…. Read more »

East Lothian Moves to Tier 3 on 18/12

  

Today the First Minister announced that East Lothian will move into Tier 3 on Friday 18 December from 6pm. This is disappointing and a hammer blow for many businesses. But public health has to be the priority. We need to redouble our efforts to suppress the virus as Christmas relaxations could compound it. Further financial support is needed along with… Read more »

East Lothian moves to Level 2 of Coronavirus Local protection

  

The Scottish Government has today announced that as of 24 November East Lothian will move to level 2 of the COVID-19 Local protection levels. It’s welcome news that we in East Lothian are moving down to Level 2.  This is largely down to the commitment and caution of the people of East Lothian.  I want to once again give my… Read more »

Calling on the PM to extend the Furlough Scheme

  

Our European friends have seen the potential danger of forcing people back into work over the winter months, as well as the huge economic downside of pushing more and more people into unemployment and have very sensibly decided to extend the furlough scheme. We in Scotland do not have the economic powers necessary to implement our own furlough scheme so… Read more »

Scottish Test & Protect App now available

  

Scotland’s Test & Protect App is now available to download for your smartphone. You can download the app from the Protect.Scot website here. The Protect Scotland app from NHS Scotland’s Test and Protect is a free, mobile phone app designed to help us protect each other, reduce the spread of coronavirus and avoid further lockdowns. The app will alert you… Read more »

Updated route map through Pandemic – 20/08/20

  

The Scottish Government today published it’s most recent set of guidance on the route map through and out of the pandemic. You can find the detail of the information at the Scottish Government website here. It gives information on the recent changes, which include the following: From Monday 24 August: Organised outdoor contact sports for all ages can resume Driving… Read more »

Protecting the lowest paid from Coronavirus Economic Consequences

  

Responding to today’s speech from the Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, I pointed out that “the least well off have suffered disproportionately with the health effects of this virus… they must not pay the price of the economic consequences.” I asked the Chancellor to “assure that the cost of these measures will not be borne by the poor and low paid, instead… Read more »