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Covid-19 Committee must be reconvened after SNP’s ‘purely political’ motives are exposed

The Scottish Conservatives are calling for Holyrood’s Covid-19 Committee to be reconvened so that MSPs can hold the SNP Government to account over its “shameful cover-up and politicisation” of the pandemic.

Mid Scotland and Fife MSP Murdo Fraser has today written to the Presiding Officer requesting the re-establishment of the committee, which he served on as deputy convener, in the wake of this week’s evidence at the UK Covid inquiry.

Along with the systematic deletion of WhatsApp messages by senior figures at the top of the Scottish Government, it has emerged from Liz Lloyd, Nicola Sturgeon’s chief advisor, that decisions were taken for “purely political” reasons to create a “rammy” with the UK Government.

Murdo Fraser says the “debased motives” that underpinned their actions and the “concerted effort to thwart the inquiry” meant MSPs should get a fresh opportunity to hold to account the “shifty clique who betrayed bereaved families”.


Scottish Conservative MSP Murdo Fraser said: “I have today written to the Presiding Officer, and the SNP’s parliamentary business manager, requesting the Covid-19 Committee be reconvened to enable MSPs to hold to account those at the top of the Scottish Government.

“The last week has exposed as a cynical charade the notion that Nicola Sturgeon’s government was motivated by the best interests of the Scottish people.

“Liz Lloyd’s words and the minutes of the June 2020 cabinet meeting reveal the toxic truth.

“We now know that this was a government intent on exploiting the pandemic to foster division with the UK Government, and then prevent their debased motives being exposed through the industrial-scale deletion of messages.

“Because of their concerted effort to thwart the inquiry, the shifty clique who betrayed bereaved families should be held to account by MSPs on the Covid Committee.

“The shameful cover-up and politicisation of a deadly pandemic must be interrogated at Holyrood.”