Andy Burnham and Nicola Sturgeon have traded some strong words as the row over the Manchester travel ban heats up.
The Mayor of Greater Manchester hit out at Scotland’s First Minister after she banned non-essential travel to and from Manchester and Salford.
He said the new coronavirus rules, announced to the nation at a press conference, are ‘insulting’ and that people in Manchester haven’t been ‘treated with the respect we deserve’.
He said that areas of Scotland have higher coronavirus rates than Bolton – which has also been made subject to the ‘unfair’ rules.
The Mayor has written to the minister asking her to explain the rationale behind her decision and for compensation for people hit by the ban.
Citing an email he had received from a local resident, Mr Burnham added: “You know if you’re an elderly couple from Bolton and you are both double-jabbed and you haven’t seen your grandkids for two…