But the leaked messages suggest advisers are planning to keep Prime Minister Boris Johnson from sharing a platform with Sturgeon in the run-up to and during the event.
Johnson should “neutralise” the First Minster by including other devolved leaders where possible, they said.
One adviser’s message referring to the FM read: “This can be labelled as a role for her [as one of the UK’s leaders] but avoids her taking centre stage.”
Another said: “We can’t let this be used as an advert for an independence campaign.”
The notes also document efforts to ensure that the union flag is displayed as much as possible at the summit.
A UK Government spokesperson said: “The Prime Minister has been clear that there is a role for all the First Ministers from across the UK at COP26 and we are working together with the Scottish Government to ensure this crucial summit is a success.”
Scotland has an adequate petrol supply to meet normal purchasing patterns, John Swinney has said, though a spike in demand could lead to pumps running out quickly.
The deputy first minister said the Scottish Government had spoken to fuel suppliers about distribution problems in recent days.
On Sunday the UK Government suspended competition laws to allow suppliers to target petrol stations which are running low.
As well as the shortage of HGV drivers, the industry has blamed “panic buying” from consumers for queues at forecourts around the UK.
Discussing the situation on the BBC’s Good Morning Scotland radio programme on Monday, Swinney said Brexit was to blame for the lack of drivers.
He said: “There is an adequate supply of fuel to meet normal demand, but it does hinge on being able to distribute that fuel to all locations.
“From my experience of dealing with difficulties about fuel supply in the past, when we had industrial action amongst tanker drivers, supply can run out very quickly because the petrol stations are being replenished with supply on a really very regular basis.”
He continued: “In a normal purchasing pattern then, I’m confident there is a distribution arrangement in place that can adequately supply those petrol stations.
“But obviously, if there is an increased demand for fuel, then that will put pressure on the distribution companies in being able to meet that demand in all locations around the country.”
Asked about the supply of goods for Christmas, the deputy first minister said that in addition to the shortage of drivers, Brexit had also caused problems with trade between Scotland and the continent.
He said: “It’s not just about the distribution arrangements, challenging though those are, it is also about the fact that the UK Government opted for an absolutely appalling arrangement with the European Union, which could have been avoided if it followed the advice we gave them to maintain membership of the single market.”
Swinney said the Scottish Government had not been in discussions with the Army about using soldiers to drive petrol tankers to stations.
The Prime Minister is reported to have been considering calling in the military to assist with fuel supply.
The Scottish Government drafted in soldiers to help drive non-emergency vehicles for the Scottish Ambulance Service amid pressure on the NHS, an arrangement which Swinney said would be reviewed in November.
Hotel guests taken to hospital after evacuation over chlorine smell
Emergency services attended the Inchyra Hotel due to concerns over strong smell of chlorine from swimming pool.
Seven people were taken to hospital after a luxury hotel was evacuated due to reports of a strong smell of chlorine coming from the building’s swimming pool.
Emergency services attended the Inchyra Hotel on Grange Road near Grangemouth when the alarm was raised at 7.30pm on Sunday.
Guests and staff were told to leave the building while the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) investigated.
A Scottish Ambulance Service spokesperson said: “We received a call at 19.34hrs to attend an incident at Inchyra Grange Hotel in Polmont.
“We dispatched several resources to the scene and seven patients were transported to hospital.”
NHS Forth Valley said a small number of guests were taken to Forth Valley Royal Hospital on Sunday night for assessment and all have been discharged.
A spokesperson for the hotel’s operator Macdonald Hotels said: “Following reports of a stronger than normal smell of chlorine from the swimming pool at the Inchyra Hotel in Grangemouth, guests were initially evacuated to the car park, then accommodated in another wing of the hotel as a precaution whilst the fire brigade carried out investigations into the cause.”
SFRS sent two appliances and a specialist detection, identification and monitoring unit to the scene.
An SFRS spokesman said: “We were called at 7.30pm on Sunday to assist as part of a multi-agency response to an incident at a hotel on Grange Road.
“Operations control sent two appliances and specialist resources to the scene.”
Appointment letters inviting children aged between 12 and 15 for a coronavirus vaccine will be dropping through letterboxes this week.
Drop-in clinics have been available to this age group for the last week and now scheduled appointments, starting this week, are being issued to all those eligible.
Children aged between 12 and 15 will be offered a single dose of the Covid-19 Pfizer vaccine.
Parents and carers are being encouraged to accompany their children to community-based appointments where possible so they can discuss any questions they have with staff at the site.
The appointment letters, which will be arriving from Monday, contain an information leaflet, which all parents and carers are urged to read with their children so they can make an informed decision about getting the vaccine.
Health Secretary Humza Yousaf said: “The rollout of the Covid-19 vaccine to all children and young people aged 12-15 marks a significant milestone in the vaccination programme.
“It has been demonstrated that Covid-19 vaccines are safe and effective in this age group, and vaccination offers the best chance of protecting young people from Covid-19 and preventing further disruption to education. Many countries around the world have already been safely vaccinating children and young people in this age group.
“Getting the Covid-19 vaccine is a decision to be made jointly between parents or carers and their children, but it’s really important to use reliable and trusted sources such as NHS Inform when making a decision and assessing the potential benefits, risks and side effects.
“Individual choice should be respected for the decisions young people and their parents or carers make in accepting, or not accepting the vaccine offer.
“Where possible, parents or carers are welcome to attend appointments with their children and both can ask questions about any queries they have before the vaccination is given.
“I would like to thank all of the vaccinators and vaccine site staff who have worked so hard to get us to this stage of the Covid-19 vaccine programme.”
In some rural areas, 12 to 15-year-olds will be offered the jabs through their school vaccination programme instead of a community setting and they will receive letters and leaflets home from school.
Scottish Labour has reported the Test and Protect system’s data on coronavirus contact tracing times to the UK’s statistics watchdog.
It follows a report that official figures did not include “failed” contact tracing attempts – where the Test and Protect team were not able to reach positive cases by phone.
The Scottish Sun reported there had been more than 50,000 such failed cases in a year, making up around 10% of all Test and Protect cases.
The newspaper says these failed cases were not included in the weekly figures published by Public Health Scotland (PHS), which are used to determine if the system is meeting the international standard of the World Health Organisation (WHO).
The target is for 80% of cases to have their close contacts traced and quarantined within 72 hours of the case being confirmed.
The Scottish Government says it is confident in its interpretation of the PHS data and how it relates to the WHO standard.
Scottish Labour’s health spokeswoman Jackie Baillie said: “In the chaos of this unprecedented public health crisis, we need to be able to trust the official statistics we’re seeing.
“These astonishing revelations sum up everything that is wrong with the SNP’s handling of the pandemic – they show a government more concerned with hiding their failures rather than fixing them.
“This is not the first time they have been caught out pushing the boundaries of accuracy when it comes to statistics.
“The WHO’s mantra may be test, test, test, but the SNP’s is spin, spin spin.”
Baillie has written to the UK Statistics Authority seeking an investigation, saying that when the “failed” cases are included the overall performance dips below the WHO standard.
Other opposition parties also claimed the figures were misleading.
Dr Sandesh Gulhane, health spokesman for the Scottish Conservatives, said: “It is clear SNP ministers have misled the public on their poor performance for as long as possible.
“They wanted to spin that they were on top of tracing positive cases, but nothing could be further from the truth.
“The reality is that they have been cutting corners for well over a year.”
PHS have said they are reviewing the way data on Test and Protect is presented.
A Scottish Government spokesman told the Scottish Sun: “Test and Protect continues to work well, with contact tracing teams successfully handling record numbers of daily cases during the recent rise in cases.
“It is an integral part of the frontline pandemic response.
“We are confident in our interpretation of PHS’s published data on contact tracing performance and how it relates to performance against the indicator of 80% of cases closed in 72 hours.
“Those data reports set out transparently how performance figures are calculated.
“We are grateful to the high numbers of people who engage with contact tracing and provide details of their contacts.”
Man charged and due to appear in court over rape of woman
Police say man arrested in connection with the serious sexual assault of a woman in Aberdeen.
A man has been arrested and charged in connection with the alleged rape of a 29-year-woman in Aberdeen.
The alleged assault took place in the city’s Bon Accord Terrace Gardens in the early hours of Sunday morning.
A Police Scotland spokesperson said: “Police can confirm that a 20-year-old man has been arrested and charged in connection with the serious sexual assault of a 29-year-old woman, which happened at Bon Accord Terrace Gardens in Aberdeen, around 3.30am on Sunday, September 26.
Police divers are searching the River Clyde as part of the security operation in the run up to the COP26 climate change conference in Glasgow.
The specialist officers, who can search in confined spaces as well as capture underwater footage, will be patrolling the river and its banks ahead of the United Nations summit which runs from October 31 to November 12.
During COP26 itself Ministry of Defence Police will monitor the waterway providing a “24/7, armed policing presence” on the river, with assistance when required from Police Scotland divers.
Police Scotland urged anyone who sees anything unusual around Glasgow’s waterways to contact them.
Superintendent Stevie Irvine, Police Scotland Maritime Security lead for COP26, said: “Our specially trained divers will patrol and search the River Clyde, particularly restricted areas, in the run up to COP26.
“This is a historic event, with one of the biggest mobilisation of police assets the UK has ever seen, and that means some restrictions are needed to help keep participants, visitors and members of the public safe.
“Any protest activity in or around the waterways during COP26 will be met with a proportionate policing response which balances the needs and rights of those wishing to take part against the safety and wellbeing of protesters.
“This is all part of our work to support the delivery of a safe and secure event and we would ask that if you spot anything unusual in or around the waterways, report it to the police.
“Trust your instincts if you see something that doesn’t seem right.”
Police Scotland’s dive and marine unit is among a number of specialist resources that will be deployed during COP26 as part of the security operation.
The river will be subject to movement and mooring restrictions for around three weeks.
The Queen, Pope Francis and US president Joe Biden are among the high-profile figures expected to attend the event, and each member of the United Nations has been invited, meaning nearly 120 heads of state are expected to arrive along with about 20,000 accredited delegates.
Superintendent Sandy Stewart, of Ministry of Defence Police, said: “Our marine unit officers will be supporting the Police Scotland operation for COP26, providing a 24/7, armed policing presence on the River Clyde and ensuring compliance with the legal restrictions put in place, to deliver a safe and secure event for all involved.”