Category Archives: Coronavirus

Free Covid test kits available for anyone without symptoms


The Scottish Government have announced that: “free lateral flow home test kits will be available for pick up without an appointment from many local walk-in or drive-through test sites from 3.30pm each day, or by ordering online or by phone, for people to test themselves twice-weekly.” I would encourage constituents in East Lothian to take up this offer which is… Read more »

Statement on Prime Minister’s communications with the pharmaceutical industry


I was pleased to co-sign this statement calling on Prime Minister, government ministers and senior civil servants to publish all their private communications with pharmaceutical companies and their lobbyists since the start of the pandemic. The full text of the statement reads: “The alleged ease of access that wealthy business people have had directly to the Prime Minister in order to… Read more »

The lockdown anniversary


Today at 12 I held a moment’s silence, along with many across the country. The Pandemic has brought us low as a nation, and yet the resilience and determination to do what is right for those we live amongst has never been stronger. The work of recovery will be hard, and the onus is on us as politicians to work… Read more »

Timetable for further lockdown easing


Yesterday the Scottish Government set out indicative dates for further easing of the lockdown across Scotland. You can read the full announcement at the Scottish Government website here: “Stay at Home regulations will be lifted on 2 April and replaced with guidance to Stay Local, with more services including hairdressers, garden centres and non-essential click and collect services able… Read more »

Launch of mobile testing units in East Lothian’s fight against COVID-19


From East Lothian Council Two mobile Covid-19 asymptomatic testing units are set to be deployed in East Lothian in a bid to help identify positive cases and break chains of transmission. Members of the public who have no symptoms associated with Covid-19, but who may be infectious and spreading the disease without knowing it, can book a test online or telephone 0300 303… Read more »

Coronavirus Fuel Poverty Fund


A new fund has been released by East Lothian Council to all householders who are struggling to heat their homes at this time. On their website East Lothian Council say: “A one-off payment of £100 will be paid to people who need help with their gas or electricity. These payments will help alleviate poverty and financial hardship, providing a warm environment… Read more »

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 »