UK coronavirus live: Birmingham residents urged to act to prevent local lockdown

By Sarah Marsh

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Following the Daily Mail’s picture exclusive of Boris Johnson’s camping arrangements while on holiday in Scotland, one observer noted the prime minister was wearing a special anti-midge hat to keep away the notorious Highland insects that are especially persistent at this time of year.

The good news is that it is pouring with rain this morning, one thing guaranteed to dampen midge activity, so he can perhaps relax listening to the patter of raindrops on canvas and contemplate the latest interview from the new Scottish Tory leader, Douglas Ross, who tells the BBC that the UK government has had “presentational issues” over its pandemic response.

Ross said: “No one can deny that Nicola Sturgeon presents her case very well. But actually people who think Scotland has had a totally different approach to dealing with this pandemic - that is not the case.”

Ross, who quit as a Scotland Office minister in May over Dominic Cummings’ lockdown trip to County Durham, added: “I’ve shown people across Scotland that if I think the prime minister has got it wrong, I’ll tell him.

“The Scottish Conservatives are a distinct party from the UK party. We have different policies, we had different policies at the last election and we will have a range of policies going forward.”

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