The Scotsman

Lead­ers must set an ex­am­ple in Covid rules

- By SCOTT MACNAB Nicola Sturgeon · Glasgow · Scottish National Party · Arbeidersparty

Ni­cola Stur­geon has warned t h a t p o l i t i c a l l e a d e r s h ave a r e s p o n s i b i l i t y to “l e a d by ex­am­ple” in the fight against Covid after pic­tures emerged o f t h e l e a d e r o f G l a s g o w ap­pear­ing to breach dis­tanc­ing rules.

Su­san Aitken apol­o­gised for the app ear­ance of a breach after she was cap­tured in a pub within the rec­om­mended one me­tre dis­tance from oth­ers, al­though she de­nied any rules had been bro­ken.

M s A i t k e n w a s p h o t o - graphed at the Metropoli­tan Bar in Glas­gow’s Mer­chant cit y district with fel­low SNP coun­cil­lors Christina Can­non and Jen Lay­den and Labour’s Aileen Mcken­zie on Fri­day night, after fresh restric­tions had been im­posed on the city on vis­it­ing other house­holds.

Ms Stu rgeon warned that the “rules ap­ply to all of us” as she was ques­tioned about the is­sue at yes­ter­day’s Coron­avirus brief­ing.

“We’r e a l l h u m a n , t h e s e are dif­fi­cult rules I know to re­mem­ber and to com­ply with on a daily ba­sis, we’re all vul

ner­a­ble in that re­spect,” she said.

“B u t we mus t n’t , t h o s e o f us that are in pub­lic life, we mustn’t ever give the im­pres­sion that the rules ap­ply to other peo­ple and not to us. I would say to ev­ery­body in a po­si­tion of lead­er­ship and in elected of­fice in par tic­u­lar that you have a re­spon­si­bil­ity to lead by ex­am­ple and just to make sure that we are do­ing what we ask­ing other peo­ple to do which is to be very, very con­scious of this on a daily ba­sis.”

M s A i t k e n s a i d t h a t t h e group had formed an ex­tende d h o u s e h o l d , b u t a p o l o - gised over con­cerns about the al­leged breach.

 ??  ?? 0 Su­san Aitken apol­o­gised for the ap­pear­ance of a breach
0 Su­san Aitken apol­o­gised for the ap­pear­ance of a breach

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