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COVID-19: Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham accuses Scottish government of “direct arrogance” over travel ban in the North West | UK News

Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham has said Scotland’s imposition of a travel ban in North West England was “unnecessary”, accusing his government of “hypocrisy”.

It comes as Scottish Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced on Friday that all non-essential travel to Manchester and Salford will be banned from tomorrow.

Mr Burnham accused Scottish officials of being discourteous by not contacting him to discuss the measure imposed against his region, adding that Ms Sturgeon treated the north of England with “outrage”.

    The level change was announced by Nicola Sturgeon
Ms Sturgeon told people not to travel from Scotland to Manchester unless it is essential

Announcing the new policy on Friday, Ms Sturgeon said the decision was made on the basis of areas of England emerging as coronavirus hotspots.

“Anyone traveling anywhere else in the Greater Manchester or Lancashire area, I would ask them to think carefully if your travel is really necessary as we are seeing cases increase in that area,” the Prime Minister said.

But other Scottish politicians, including MSP Lib Dem Alex Cole-Hamilton, have pointed out that there are some communities in Scotland “with transmission rates equal to Manchester”.

Mr Cole-Hamilton said the ban “does not make sense” and applauded Labor’s Mr Burnham for speaking out against it.

Sharing his frustration on social media, Mr Burnham said: “When the UK government made changes affecting Greater Manchester, they called us ahead to discuss it.

“The Scottish government has not granted us such courtesy. Sorry, but it is outright arrogance to say that Scottish ministers should not deign to speak to English mayors.”

Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham leaves Golborne Library, Golborne, Warrington, after voting in the Manchester Mayor election
Andy Burnham says travel ban imposed by Nicola Sturgeon is “unnecessary”

He added: “It seems unnecessary to me and it would have been nice if Nicola Sturgeon had contacted us beforehand to discuss it.

“Maybe the Scottish government …

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