Sturgeon caught scrambling through papers as she is confronted with SNP chief’s own words

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Nicola Sturgeon was left floundering in the middle of FMQs as Ruth Davidson grilled her on Scotland’s coronavirus test and trace system. The Scottish Conservative MSP had hit out at the SNP leader over contradictions between her account of what was considered a completed contact and her own Health Secretary’s account of it. As Ms Davidson read out Jeane Freeman’s own words, the First Minister appeared to be shifting through the papers on her desk.

Ms Davidson said: “We need clarification because what the First Minister has just said is not what the Health Secretary said in this chamber last night.

“Let me read it back precisely: ‘we do not just send SMS messages, we phone contacts of index cases up to three times until we find them’.

“Perhaps the Health Secretary could be invited back to correct the record.

“I do wonder how after eight weeks of missing WHO targets by a mile, we move to simple text messages and suddenly we’re hitting the target again.”

She continued: “The reason that this is so important is because this data directly impacts the decisions we make.

“Jeane Freeman tried to say that it didn’t last night.

“She said, ‘I can confirm that none of the earlier or revised information, which members are welcome to look at, would have made any difference to the decision that we have taken.

“But on September 2, the First Minister told the chamber that the data we now get from test and protect allows us to be much more targeted in the measures that we take.”

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