Sturgeon accuses 'disrespecting parliament' for supporting hospitality

Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Nicola Sturgeon has been criticised for treating parliament with "disrespect" over support for tourist accommodation.

Last week MSPs at Holyrood backed a motion calling for the Scottish Government to do much to safeguard hotel and tourism industry jobs from a spate of closures after the Coronavirus pandemic hit.

A Motion in Holyrood requesting that the Scottish Government provide the necessary assistance with coronavirus infection to ensure no jobs are lost in hospitality and tourism sector due to closures, and asking ministers to re-examine eligibility criteria for the current corporate aid that has been provided to help businesses affected by the pandemic.

Scottish Labour's Scottish Affairs spokesman Alex Rowley accused the First Minister and Scottish Government of treating Holyrood with "disrespecting" in the wake of the strengthening restrictions imposed on eleven local authorities.

Sturgeon announced this week that the area would qualify for a £30m fund for those who joined Stage 4 on Friday.

A Scottish government spokeswoman dismissed the charge of the First Minister's contempt of parliament.