Jackson Carlaw resigns RECAP: Updates and reaction as leader of Scottish Conservatives steps down

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The leader of the Scottish Conservative party Jackson Carlaw has announced that he is stepping down with immediate effect.

Jackson Carlaw has resigned as leader of the Scottish Conservatives with immediate effect. He won the leadership contest in February 2020

Jackson Carlaw resigns LIVE: Updates and reaction as leader of Scottish Conservatives steps down

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  • Jackson Carlaw has stepped down as leader of the Scottish Conservatives. 
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First Minister Nicola Sturgeon is due to make an announcement in parliament today 

A three week review of further easing of lockdown restrictions will take place today during the first minister’s briefing 

What time does Nicola Sturgeon’s briefing begin?

The first minister is due to speak at 12.20pm today. You can watch her live by visiting www.scottishparliament.tv

The impact of the coronavirus pandemic means surgery services will run at about 60 per cent of normal levels for the next two years, a Scottish Government report has revealed.

Pharmacy linked to Inverclyde coronavirus cluster labelled ‘safe’ by Jason Leitch

People living in Inverclyde should not be scared to use pharmacies, Scotland's national clinical director has said, after one was linked to a cluster of coronavirus cases.

NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde (NHSGGC) confirmed on Wednesday night that eight positive Covid-19 cases had been identified in the area, with a "thorough investigation" under way.

Several businesses including a pharmacy are linked to the cases, with a worker at Amazon's warehouse in Gourock also among those to have tested positive.

Jason Leitch told the BBC's Good Morning Scotland radio programme that further contact tracing would continue on Thursday and labelled pharmacies in the area as "safe".

An Amazon warehouse employee has tested positive for coronavirus, amid a cluster of new cases identified in the Inverclyde region yesterday.

Eight cases of the virus have been confirmed across a number workplaces in the area, including a pharmacy

First Minister censured by chief statistic organisation

Nicola Sturgeon has been censured by the UK’s chief statistician after using incomplete data to claim the coronavirus was five times less prevalent in Scotland than in England.

In a further letter to the Scottish Government, Ed Humpherson, the Director General for Regulation detailed a number of criticisms. 

He said, “When unpublished figures are quoted in the public domain, we expect that this information is shared with the media and the public in a way that promotes transparency and clarity. There are lessons to be learnt in this case, with different data sources being quoted to the media and to us. We expect that any figures used are appropriately sourced, explained and available in the public domain."

First Minister due to make an announcement in parliament now

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