Nicola Sturgeon and Catherine Calderwood to appear before Covid-19 probe

The former first minister and her ex-chief medical officer, who breached her own lockdown rules, will give evidence to the investigation.

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Nicola Sturgeon is to be among the witnesses appearing before the UK’s Covid-19 inquiry next week, it has been announced.

The former First Minister will join her ex-chief medical officer, Catherine Calderwood, in front of the probe into the UK’s handling of the pandemic, as will her deputy, John Swinney.

The inquiry, which is chaired by retired lawyer Baroness Heather Hallett, has already heard from former Prime Minister David Cameron and former chancellor George Osborne.

The UK’s former health secretary, Matt Hancock, is also set to give evidence on Tuesday, while his Scottish equivalent, Jeane Freeman, is due for an appearance on Wednesday.

Sturgeon, who stood down as FM earlier this year, and Swinney will answer questions on Thursday – the day after the ex-chief medical officer.

Calderwood resigned in April 2020 after breaching her own lockdown rules by visiting her second home in Earlsferry, Fife with her family.

She later became national clinical director of the new unit at the Golden Jubilee Hospital in Clydebank.

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