FMQs LIVE: Sturgeon ‘power grab’ fury over SNP plot to make emergency measures permanent

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The Coronavirus (Recovery and Reform) (Scotland) Bill would give ministers the power to respond to emergencies in a similar manner to the way Covid legislation was passed. This would include the ability to impose lockdowns and close schools. But Scottish Labour deputy leader Jackie Baillie described the move as a “power grab”. She said: “These emergency powers were a necessary response to an unprecedented crisis, not a free pass for ministers to hoard new powers. “This Bill would give ministers permanent powers to shut down schools and confine people to their homes at the drop of a hat. “There is simply no excuse for bypassing Parliament when Holyrood has shown time and time again that it can respond with the urgency needed.”

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