Monday, April 6, 2020
A TORY MSP whose hiking partner called for the sacking of Scotland's
chief medical officer for breaching coronavirus travel restrictions
has deleted evidence showing that the pair had also flouted
On March 21, Liz Smith posted a photo of her Highlands hike with
fellow Tory MSP Murdo Fraser.
The day before, PM Boris Johnson said in a speech that people should
stay at home and that public venueLis, pubs, and restaurants should
close. And on March 16, the Scottish government advised people not
socialise and avoid unnecessary travel.
A screenshot obtained by the Star shows Ms Smith's deleted tweet,
which reads: "Thanks to @murdo_fraser and Sam McMillan for good day
out on Ben Vorlich. Stay safe message to all those venturing
out. Still very wintry conditions at high level."
Mr Fraser - in a retweet of Ms Smith's post that has also been deleted
- wrote: "Taking to the hills in coming days? A public safety message
from Liz Smith and me."
It emerged that the posts were deleted after chief medical officer Dr
Catherine Calderwood was forced to resign for visiting her second home
in Fife twice during the lockdown.
Mr Fraser called for Ms Calderwood to be sacked, despite having
flouting the rules himself.
On Sunday, he wrote: "At what point in the last 2 weeks did no-one in
the Calderwood household ask: Should we be doing this? Or did they
think the messages were for other people?"
Police Scotland Chief Constable Iain Livingstone said that officers
had visited Ms Calderwood and issued a warning about her conduct.
Ms Calderwood said she was "deeply sorry" for her visits to her second
She was initially backed by the Scottish First Minister Nicola
Sturgeon to remain in the role but, after further talks between the
pair, Ms Calderwood said on Sunday night that she had resigned "with a
Ms Sturgeon told the BBC Breakfast show today that she had decided Ms
Calderwood should quit because guidance to stay at home was at risk of
being "drowned out or undermined."
Ms Calderwood will now work with her team "over the next few days to
ensure a smooth transition" to her successor, deputy medical officer
Dr Gregor Smith.
Ms Sturgeon confirmed that Ms Calderwood would withdraw from the daily
updates on Covid-19 and would also no longer feature in the Scottish
government's advertising campaign.