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Humza Yousaf reported over Ministerial Code breach

The Scottish Conservatives have reported Humza Yousaf to the First Minister over his breach of the Ministerial Code.

Chief Whip Stephen Kerr has written to Nicola Sturgeon after the Health Secretary admitted he revealed details of a statement on Scotland’s ambulance crisis to the Daily Record first, rather than to Parliament.

Paragraph 3.5 of the Ministerial Code states that “When the Parliament is meeting, Ministers should ensure that important announcements of Government policy are made, in the first instance, to the Parliament.”

The breach has also been reported to the Chair of the Parliament’s Standards, Procedures and Public Appointments Committee.

Stephen Kerr has asked Nicola Sturgeon what measures will be taken in response to Humza Yousaf’s breach and if she still has confidence in his ability to retain Ministerial office.

Scottish Conservative Chief Whip Stephen Kerr MSP, said: “Humza Yousaf has shown complete disregard for the Ministerial Code by announcing the details of this statement to the media first.

“When challenged on his actions in Parliament, he responded arrogantly and took umbrage at being held to account. He has held Parliament in total contempt which is why this must be investigated further by Nicola Sturgeon.

“Her Ministers have a duty to respect and abide by the Ministerial Code at all times. That clearly hasn’t happened here and she must confirm whether she still has confidence in Humza Yousaf’s ability to hold office.

“Nicola Sturgeon was at pains to tell Parliament that this statement on Scotland’s ambulance crisis would be delivered to the chamber at the earliest opportunity.

“Serious questions must be answered as to why her Health Secretary thought it was appropriate to reveal it to the Daily Record on the same morning first.

“A thorough investigation must guarantee that any SNP-Green Minister never disrespects the Scottish Parliament in this way ever again.”