Nicola Sturgeon has accused Andy Burnham of “generating a feud” with her over the recently imposed travel ban in Greater Manchester in Scotland, as the political fallout continues.
the Greater Manchester the mayor said the Scottish prime minister was “discourteous” and “insulting” to announce the new rules on Friday without any prior warning.
He wrote to Mrs. Esturgeon claiming that its residents “deserve respect” and asked it to provide financial compensation to those affected.
But she replied by saying that she had “the duty to keep Scotland as sure as possible “of coronavirus and only does its job.
“If he wants a grown-up conversation, he just has to pick up the phone,” she told Sky News on Monday.
“I’ve always gotten on well with him, but if it’s more about generating a feud with me over positioning in some sort of Labor leadership contest in the future, then I’m not interested. . “
Mr. Burnham said the accusations of political posture were unfounded and that he too only acts in the best interests of his residents under a decentralized administration.
“Shouldn’t she have picked up the phone?” he said.
“It is very discourteous, not to me, but to the people of Greater Manchester that it be done in this way.”
🗣️ “Our 2.8 million people deserve to be treated with due respect and consideration when implementing restrictions that will affect their lives.”
The mayor has written to Nicola Sturgeon, Prime Minister of Scotland.
– Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham (@MayorofGM) June 21, 2021
He said he had received emails from residents who lost “thousands of pounds” as a result of the decision.
People have had to cancel vacations in the Highlands and businesses with links to Scotland have been hit, he added, saying Ms Sturgeon’s actions are an “insult” to them.
Bride-to-be Rachel Godiff from Salford told Sky News that she previously canceled a honeymoon in Greece and is now trying to cancel her replacement honeymoon in Scotland.
“We are getting married this Saturday and this has already been postponed from last year,” she said.
“It’s stress on top of the stress because I’m always trying to get the money back from our flights to Crete… it’s really hard to know what to do.”
Mr Burnham said he would send Ms Sturgeon the emails he received regarding similar affected residents and that they should be appropriately compensated.
“The SNP is always the first to say ‘the Westminster government did something to us and didn’t tell us about it first’,” he added.
“Well, we are also a decentralized administration here in Greater Manchester – we have a decentralization of Westminster – so you would expect the Scottish government to understand that.”
Ms Sturgeon said the decision was made amid concerns over the number of cases of the Delta (Indian) variant in Bolton, Salford, Manchester and Lancashire.
But Mr Burnham has claimed Bolton’s case rate is “significantly lower” than parts of Scotland, such as Dundee, making the ban “unfair”.
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Bolton’s seven-day average COVID case rate is 269.2 per 100,000 people, while Dundee’s is 318.1.
However, other parts of Greater Manchester, such as Manchester itself (339.7) and Salford (340), have higher infection rates than parts of Scotland, such as Glasgow (159.1 ) and East Lothian (170).
Announcing the ban, which took effect on Saturday, Ms Sturgeon said: ‘Anyone traveling anywhere else in the Greater Manchester or Lancashire area I would ask them to think carefully if your trip is really necessary as we are seeing cases increase through that Region. “
But opposition politicians in Scotland have said the decision “does not make sense”.
Lib Dem MSP Alex Cole-Hamilton applauded Mr Burnham for standing up to the Prime Minister, saying parts of Scotland have “transmission rates equal to Manchester”.
The ban prevents anyone from Bolton, Manchester, Salford or Lancashire from traveling to Scotland and vice versa.