Political Editor for STV News

Edinburgh, Scotland
Joined August 2015
Finance Secretary @_KateForbes announces an extra £120m for councils next year and warns them against raising Council Tax above 3%. She says extra cash from Treasury this year will be carried forward.
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Absolutely delighted my brilliant colleague @STVKathryn has been shortlisted for @RTS_media journalism awards Nations & Regions Presenter of the year. You’ll probably remember THAT interview with the PM. When all he had to worry about was having a £20 note waved in his face…
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FM moves @JennyGilruth to Transport and promotes @neilgraysnp from backbenches to Culture brief following resignation of Graeme Dey.
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At Covid-19 Recovery Committee @jasonleitch says lateral flow tests cost around £3 each.
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But obviously are free in the UK
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One senior Tory has messaged me to say they are hearing there might be a statement from Sir Graham Brady first thing tomorrow morning and that the PM has been told tonight. Not confirmed - but there’s a sense of real movement tonight. #DowningStreetParties
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Scottish Conservative Leader @Douglas4Moray calls on @BorisJohnson to resign as Prime Minister. More to come on @STVNews
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Looks like outdoor crowds will be back from Monday, in time for the Premiership return. FM statement at 2.15
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Just watched @jonsnowC4’s final @Channel4News on plus one. Found myself joining in in the applause at home. What a run and to still be held in such high regard after all that time. Legend of journalism
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Colin Mackay retweeted
I developed covid symptoms 21 months ago today. I’m still ill, 1 year & 9 months on. #longcovid has had a devastating effect on my ability to write, to do author events, to be myself, to enjoy life… And there is still no treatment. So please be very cautious this Xmas! #staysafe
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Now there are 24 hour appointments available in some vaccination clinics in @NHSGrampian Peterhead minor injuries one of them.
Yes you’ve read it right….24 hour a day booster vaccination appointments now available in some clinics in Grampian!
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Regular morning walks are still the only improvement in my life since I developed #longcovid. But sometimes I get moments like this: the sun rising over misty Portobello beach
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No mention of furlough or other financial support package in this readout from the Prime Minister’s call with the First Minister this afternoon.
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In her letter to PM @BorisJohnson FM @NicolaSturgeon is calling for the re-establishment or furlough
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A wee thread on my Covid-coaster of a fortnight... It all started a couple of weeks ago with my child breaking out in chicken pox (stick with me here) By the Monday I noticed a different looking rash on his stomach. Waited to see if it was maybe more pox coming out.
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DFM @JohnSwinney tells Covid committee that he can’t rule out “further constraints” before Christmas but he hopes to avoid it
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Head of Scottish Govt vaccines division tells Covid Committee that Hampden and EICC returning as mass vaccination centres next week
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A statement by First Minister @NicolaSturgeon will be on STV at 6pm, just before the @STVNews at Six
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