Nicola Sturgeon challenges Boris Johnson to face-to-face talks on Scotland trip

The PM is thought to be preparing for a trip north of the border in the coming days

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has invited Boris Johnson to hold talks in Edinburgh
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has invited Boris Johnson to hold talks in Edinburgh

Nicola Sturgeon has challenged Boris Johnson to meet her for face-to-face Covid talks as he heads to Scotland this week.

The Prime Minister is thought to be preparing to make a trip north of the border in the coming days, although no details have been officially released.

The Scottish First Minister issued a public invitation to Mr Johnson to discuss the recovery from the pandemic at Bute House, her official residence in Edinburgh.

In a possible attempt to shame the PM into meeting her, Ms Sturgeon tweeted a copy of a letter to Mr Johnson extending the offer.

She said: “I understand the PM will visit Scotland later this week.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon was critical of Boris Johnson’s last visit to Scotland


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“Since this would be our first opportunity to meet in person for a while, I’ve invited him to Bute House to discuss Covid/recovery.

“We differ politically, but our governments must work together where we can.”

Her tone was more positive than the Prime Minister’s last visit to Scotland in January when Ms Sturgeon told him to stay away due to the pandemic.

She said she was “not ecstatic” with his visit which wasn’t “an essential journey” at a time when the public was being asked to stay at home.

But No10 insisted the PM should be visible during the pandemic.

Police received a “small number of complaints” about the PM’s visit to shore up the Union from the public, who claimed he was breaching lockdown rules.

Meanwhile, Police Scotland scrambled to change the name of a security operation to guard Mr Johnson for fears it would offend him.

The force had named the plans “Operation Bunter” – but it was ditched over fears it sounded too similar to fictional chubby schoolboy Billy Bunter.

An insider told the Scottish Sun: “The name ‘Operation Bunter’ was given to the preparations.

“But several people pointed out the foolishness of calling it after a fat, posh English public schoolboy – not least given the PM is known for being a bit portly.”

A Police Scotland spokesperson said: “Operational names are auto-generated by computer and can be changed if deemed to be inappropriate.”

It comes after reports that the Queen was planning to invite Mr Johnson and his wife Carrie to visit Balmoral this summer for her first visit to her Highlands retreat without Prince Phillip.


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