Andy Burnham hits back! Sturgeon attacked as brutal war of words erupts -‘It’s insulting!’

Andy Burnham hits out at Scotland's Manchester travel ban

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Andy Burnham has lashed out after Nicola Sturgeon suggested the Manchester Mayor was playing politics in the row over the Scottish Government’s decision to impose a Covid-19 travel ban on parts of northwest England. While speaking to Sky News, Mr Burnham hit out at the move and insisted the Scottish Government should have communicated more. It comes after Ms Sturgeon accused Mr Burnham of “generating a spat” with her.

Scotland’s First Minister had previously told BBC News: “These are public health measures.

“I have a duty, and it’s one I take very seriously, to keep Scotland as safe as possible.

“I’m sure Andy Burnham feels the same sense of duty toward people in the Greater Manchester area.

“I’ve always got on well with Andy Burnham and if he wants to have a grown-up conversation he only has to pick up the phone.

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“But if, as I suspect might be the case, this is more about generating a spat with me as part of some positioning in a Labour leadership contest in future…then I’m not interested!

“We’ve all got a serious job of work to do right now.

“And I’m serious about doing that job in a way that keeps Scotland as safe as I possibly can.”

But, responding on Monday, Mr Burnham said he would be writing to the Scottish leader asking for compensation for people affected by the ban.

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He said: “I find that insulting, not for me, but for people here who are directly affected by what she announced.

“It’s not just the direct impact on Greater Manchester, it’s on our reputation as a city.

“If the First Minister of a country stands up at a press conference and announces that the UK’s second city is going under a travel ban, it has an impact.

“People elsewhere in Europe, around the world, hear that. So it’s not like it’s just a sort of more localised thing between us and Scotland, it has an impact on our city region.

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“I don’t think we’ve been treated with the respect we deserve and I’m talking mainly there of the people of Greater Manchester, not myself.”

He continued: “It’s had an impact with people with holiday cottages booked, people who are having to go for work reasons.

“So to suggest, as the First Minister has done today, ‘Oh, this is all about politics and posturing’, well say that to them, say that to those people.

“Why is Bolton under a travel ban today, when it has a case rate that is quite a lot lower than Dundee? How is that fair?”

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