FMQs live as Humza Yousaf faces questions over Covid pandemic messages

The First Minister is facing scrutiny over government transparency amid a row over the retention of messages sent via apps during the pandemic.

Humza Yousaf will face increased scrutiny over Scottish Government transparency at Holyrood this afternoon as the row over the handling of messages amid the Covid pandemic intensifies.

The Scotsman reported communications sent via the Microsoft Teams app “auto-deleted” after five days on Thursday – days after deputy First Minister Shona Robison said 14,000 WhatsApp messages sent during that period would be handed over to the UK-wide probe into the handling of the outbreak.

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Those will include the current First Minister’s but former Holyrood leader Nicola Sturgeon refused to say whether hers had been retained.

Sturgeon said the messages had been “handled” in line with Government policy at the time when quizzed at the Parliament on Tuesday.

Opposition leaders Anas Sarwar and Douglas Ross are likely to question the FM over his knowledge of those policies during First Minister’s Questions in Edinburgh.

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