John Swinney statement RECAP: Next year’s National 5 exams cancelled, Higher and Advanced Higher exams pushed back two weeks

Scotland’s Education Secretary, John Swinney, is set to announce plans for the 2020/21 exam diet as well as potential contingency plans for exams should schools be forced to close as they were during the early stages of the Covid-19 pandemic.

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Coronavirus in Scotland LIVE: Follow here for all Wednesday’s updates

Key Events

  • Licensed premises in Scotland's central belt to close except for takeaways
  • Mandatory wearing of face coverings in indoor settings
  • National 5s in Scotland cancelled
  • Higher and Advanced Higher exams pushed back by two weeks
  • Schools will stay open across Scotland
  • More than 50 UK University’s have confirmed cases of the virus.
  • 1,054 positive cases have been logged in the last 24 hours
  • Scotland recorded one coronavirus death in the past 24 hours
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Labour leader calls on Margaret Ferrier to stand down after Covid rule breach

Sir Keir Starmer has called on Margaret Ferrier to stand down as an MP after she admitted breaking quarantine rules when infected with coronavirus.

The Labour leader told reporters: “I’ve been listening to her constituents this afternoon on a virtual event and they’re furious with her, they think it’s completely inappropriate that she’s continuing as an MP.

“She needs to listen to that and step down. It’s a huge error of judgment on her part not to have done so.

“We’re completely up for it, we’re preparing for it, there should be a by-election because she should step down. We’ve won it in the past, we won it in 2017 and we can win it again but we need that by-election because it’s the right thing to do.”

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Edinburgh Chamber of Commerce react to new restrictions

Edinburgh Chamber of Commerce today reacted to the First Minister’s announcement on a further raft of restrictions which will decimate many of Scotland’s businesses – in particular, the hospitality sector which employs tens of thousands of people in Edinburgh.

Joanne Davidson, Director of Policy at the Chamber, said: “Everyone in the country acknowledges the pandemic is a serious public health issue and we appreciate that Government has to make hard decisions in the current climate. However, it is an issue we need to tackle together, and that means involving businesses in the process. Taking decisions without recourse to those whose lives, businesses, employment and well-being are torn apart by these decisions is not the way to bring our country through this process successfully.

“Along with all of our colleagues in the Chamber network, we call on the Scottish Government to consult in a genuine way with business, to provide more robust data on which serious decisions are being based, and to seek solutions and meaningful engagement with the business community which minimise the impact and ensure adequate and appropriate financial support is made available to protect jobs and livelihoods.”

Scottish Conservative education spokesperson Jamie Greene says his party believes a full exam diet "could and should have taken place next year".

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