PUBLISHED: 15:41, Wed, Nov 11, 2020 | UPDATED: 15:41, Wed, Nov 11, 2020
During the pandemic, Scotland, like Wales and Northern Ireland have diverged from the UK Government. With the country facing one of the biggest health crises in history, Scottish Tory MP for Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk, John Lamont, insisted Ms Sturgeon should work with Westminster over the virus. Speaking to Express.co.uk, he also claimed there had been “frustration” over the disjointed nature of the messaging between Westminster and Holyrood while urging Ms Sturgeon to cooperate with the rest of the country.
He added: “I think people expect our governments to be working together.
“I think there's been certainly in the past has been frustrations when information has been shared with the Scottish Government, the First Minister has rushed off and released it early, which obviously doesn't help in terms of building trust.
“And the challenges of both sides of the border have been pretty similar in many ways and certainly for those constituents whom I represent.
“I think one of the takeaways moving forward after the pandemic is to have a consistent approach across the UK.
Nicola Sturgeon asked to work together (Image: GETTY)
Nicola Sturgeon: The First Minister has defended the tier system (Image: GETTY)
“That’ll be absolutely essential if heaven forbid, we have a crisis again.”
Although Scotland has taken a different approach to the pandemic, Chancellor Rishi Sunak, announced the furlough scheme will apply to businesses if Ms Sturgeon enforces a lockdown.
Amid that fund and the £1billion budget boost for Holyrood, Mr Lamont previously praised the impact it would have on businesses north of the border.
He added both initiatives showed the need for greater cooperation between Holyrood and Westminster.
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Scottish Tory MP John Lamont (Image: Parliament )