Sturgeon blasted for drawing up different lockdown rules from Boris 'for the sake of it'

Scottish Secretary Alister Jack told MPs the First Minister should stop drawing up different lockdown rules from Boris Johnson “for the sake of it” as they have not led to lower COVID rates. Alister Jack yesterday told MPs that Scotland’s separate guidance had sowed public confusion and failed to achieve better results in tackling the virus.

He went on to say relationships between Ms Sturgeon’s SNP administration in Edinburgh and Mr Johnson’s Conservative Government in London could be “strained”.

Mr Jack said: “We talked with the First Minister last week about the rule of six, and in that meeting, we laid out to her what our plans were on that and she said I will do something tomorrow, but she wasn’t to tell us that the following day she was doing the rule of six excluding children under 12.”

He added: “She could have told us that, we could have come to an agreement.

“We were trying in that meeting to get all the devolved administrations on to the same page, because I think across the United Kingdom people deserve that, there has been a lot of confusion over the summer.”

 

Alister Jack

Alister Jack slated the SNP adminstration at Holyrood (Image: Getty )

Michael Russell

It comes as Michael Russell said Westminster could not be trusted (Image: Getty)

The Scottish Secretary said the First Minister’s repeated claim that Coronavirus was five times as prevalent in England than Scotland was “totally untrue, totally unhelpful.”

The Tory Cabinet minister also lambasted her refusal to rule out quarantining English visitors, insisting the country should pull together as “one United Kingdom”.

Mr Jack said a similar situation had occurred when Scottish public health minister Joe FitzPatrick attended a meeting where the UK Government’s plans to develop a coronavirus contact tracing app had been on the agenda.

The Scottish Secretary said: “When we had a meeting to talk about our app, Joe FitzPatrick attended that meeting and was involved in discussions, and two days later the Scottish Government announced their intention to develop their own contact tracing app.

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Alister Jack

Scottish Secretary Alister Jack spoke to the Scottish Affairs Select Committee (Image: Getty)

“But while Joe FitzPatrick came and happily listened to our plans and advice and everything else, he didn’t make any mention of the Scottish Government’s plan.”

Mr Jack concluded by saying that the UK differences “muddled the message”, particularly for those living close to the Border.

He added: “We need to stop the confusion.

“All the administrations in these weekly meetings we have should actually just be grown up, and not be different for the sake of it for whatever agenda they have.

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Nicola Sturgeon decided to take her own approach for the Rule of Six (Image: Getty)

“It hasn’t brought anyone to a different outcome – the prevalence of the virus is as high in any part of the UK as any other.

“On average all four nations are experiencing similar problems.”

He described the relationship between the UK and Scottish Governments as a “one-way street” and called Nicola Sturgeon’s Health Secretary Jeane Freeman a liar and accused First Minister Nicola Sturgeon of stirring “bad feeling” between Scots and the English.

Mr Jack also clashed with Pete Wishart, Chairman of the Committee who openly accused Westminster of using the Internal Market Bill to “circumvent” the Scottish Parliament.

Pete Wishart

Committee Chairman Pete Wishart hit out at Alister Jack (Image: Getty)

Questioning Mr Jack, Mr Wishart said: “There’s no chance whatsoever the Scottish Conservatives are going to win at next May’s election.

“So instead of actually going to the bother of winning an election, you’re just going to circumvent and get round the Scottish Parliament by directly investing in areas that you want. Is that what’s going on?”

Responding to the questions, Mr Jack fumed: “No, that’s not what’s going on and I think it’s arrogant of you to think that the next election in Holyrood is a foregone conclusion.

“I remember the SNP telling me what was going to happen when they supported a general election last year, they said Boris Johnson was going to be swept away, he came back with an 80 majority.”

A spokesman for First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said in response this morning: “The First Minister has always been at pains to suggest that where things can be done in a coordinated, four nations approach she’s more than happy to do that.

“That doesn’t mean that we in Scotland won’t take our own decisions based on our own circumstances.”

 



EU embarrassment: Von der Leyen blasted for ‘wishy washy’ State of the Union speech

In what was the senior diplomat’s first State of the Union speech, Mrs von der Leyen set out a number of key issues she said she wanted the EU to tackle going forward. These included climate change, coronavirus, and Brexit – of which she said “very little time” remains.

However, many observers took to social media to blast Mrs von der Leyen’s speech.

Some hit out at the EU Council President’s use of the word ‘we’ when referring to all of Europe.

One said: “Who is ‘we’? Do they all agree on it? Do they all want the same thing? Not sure!”

Another said: “More bull**** and wishy washy words. Stomach churning with not an ounce of substance.”

One wrote: “Even if I disagree with what you say, I can’t vote your out of power because the EU power structure is fundamentally undemocratic.

“You did not campaign in all EU countries to propose your ‘vision’/policies. To do it now and call it your State of the Union is preposterous.”

Touching on coronavirus, the European Commission president said now is the time for Europe to “lead the way” to “a new vitality.”

She called for a “stronger European Health Union” as well as an improved system for crisis response.

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The bill could allow the UK to rewrite parts of the withdrawal agreement it signed with the EU at the start of the year.

Ms Von Der Leyen said the agreement “cannot be unilaterally changed, disregarded or dis-applied. This is a matter of law, trust and good faith.”

On migration, the leader encouraged EU member states to “make compromises”, adding: “We will take a human and humane approach. Saving lives at sea is not optional.

The commission president concluded: “The future will be what we make it. And Europe will be what we want it to be. So let’s stop talking it down.”

Meanwhile, US presidential hopeful and Democratic nominee Joe Biden has waded into the Brexit discussions publicly.

On Twitter, he insisted the UK maintain the Good Friday Agreement after Brexit, suggesting a trade deal with the US could be threatened if this does not happen.

Mr Biden wrote: “We can’t allow the Good Friday Agreement that brought peace to Northern Ireland to become a casualty of Brexit.

“Any trade deal between the US and UK must be contingent upon respect for the Agreement and preventing the return of a hard border. Period.”



UK long-range forecast: Britain to be blasted by October heat plume – latest weather maps

Maps from WXCHARTS show a heat plume sweeping over from the Atlantic in a westerly direction as October arrives. A high pressure system will also be pushed towards southern areas of the UK during the beginning of next month, meaning there will be “a fair amount of sunshine” according to Netweather. Temperatures will also be 2C above average during October, forecasters claim.

Netweather’s long-range forecast said: “Into early October there is an increasing chance of high pressure pushing in from the south and bringing mostly settled and warm weather, probably with a fair amount of sunshine for most, and a likelihood of more changeable weather holding on in the north and west of Scotland in particular.

“Temperatures will tend to be close to or just below the long-term seasonal norm early to midweek, with some cool nights midweek as the high pressure moves in and some fog patches in places, but will tend to rise above normal late in the week as there is a significant chance of southerly and south-westerly winds setting in.

“Mean temperatures are thus expected to be a little above normal overall, but only by 1C or less in most parts of the country.

“Rainfall totals are again mostly expected to be below normal, except in western Scotland, where near or slightly above average rainfall is most likely. Sunshine totals are mostly expected to be near normal in central and western Scotland, but above normal elsewhere.”

The latest long-range forecast on the Met Office website between Wednesday, September 30 to October 14 predicted temperatures to rise “above normal”.

It said: “It seems likely that there could be changeable conditions with alternating periods of relatively settled weather, bringing an increased risk of mist and fog in the morning, and more unsettled conditions.

“The best of any settled spells will be in the south and there is a signal that these could become more prolonged during early October.

“Overall, temperatures are expected to be around or slightly above the normal.

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Nick Finnis at Netweather said: “On Wednesday, a cold front will continue to move south from Scotland across Northern Ireland, northern England and on towards the Midlands, Lincolnshire and Norfolk, a band of cloud and some drizzle along the front.

“Sunnier but cooler and fresher conditions following the front across Scotland and Northern Ireland, temperatures following the front reaching 14-17C at best.

“South of the front across southern England and south Wales – a sunny and very warm day, temperatures reaching 23-27C.”

“Weak cold front will clear south from southern England on Thursday morning, so all parts of Britain in a cooler and fresher airmass, with temperatures generally close to the seasonal norm.

“But with high pressure in control, it will be a dry and sunny day for most. Temperatures reaching 17-20C.”

Mr Finnis added this weekend will also see a mixture of sunshine and showers.

He said: “High pressure looks like it will sit close to northern Britain through the weekend, so for many, it will dry and settled throughout the weekend.

“Best of the sunshine on Saturday perhaps, southern areas perhaps turning cloudier from the south on Sunday, with a chance of showers pushing up from France, though some uncertainty over this.”



SNP's Ian Blackford blasted for using Brexit Bill as independence 'recruiting sergeant'

The SNP’s Westminster leader told Channel 4 News host Cathy Newman the Government is trying to undermine the Scottish Parliament and the will of the Scottish people who voted for their devolved MSPs in Scotland with its latest Brexit Internal Market Bill. But the Channel 4 News host accused Mr Blackford of using Boris Johnson’s plan to further his party’s agenda for an independent Scotland. Mr Blackford was also confronted on the fact that if Scotland were to rejoin the EU, his Govenrment would not be able to decide on how EU funds were spent in his own country. 

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Ms Newman said: “The Bill allows for money that was held by the EU and unelected commissioners to come back to Westminster, where you have representation.”

To which the SNP politician replied: “The spending that takes place in Scotland today with EU funds, like in the CEP for example, like in regional funding, is determined by the priorities of the Scottish Government on behalf of the people of Scotland.

“This is the Government that says they’re going to go over the heads of the Scottish Parliament, over the heads of the MSPs that we elect, and Westminster will determine the priorities of spending in Scotland.”

The Channel 4 News host rebutted: “But you can argue the toss over that in there where you’ve got a seat. You can’t do that in the EU with these commissioners.”

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Mr Blackford finally admitted: “The point is, Westminster is going to determine what happens with spending on roads and infrastructure in Scotland.

“We cannot have this. People in Scotland voted for a parliament with powers over devolved areas which Westminster is now going to legislate against.

“My message to the people of Scotland is if you want to stop Boris Johnson and Cummings and Gove – these are the three people behind this – the only way we can do that is to make sure we have the powers of that independent Scotland.”

To which Ms Newman blasted: “Ah, there we get to the crux of it. You’re actually using this as a recruiting sergeant for your independence cause to break up the Union!”

As the SNP politician attempted to justify his outburst, Speaker Hoyle added: “Mr Blackford, you’re a respected member of this House.

“You’ll do the right thing by this House and I’ve accepted that you’ve withdrawn it.”

Mr Blackford branded the UK Internal Market Bill proposals “nothing short of an attack on Scotland’s Parliament and an affront to the people of Scotland”.

He said: “This legislation breaks international law, but it also breaks domestic law. The Prime Minister and his friends… are creating a rogue state, one where the rule of law does not apply. Why does the PM think that he and his friends are above the law?

Mr Johnson replied: “This UK Internal Market Bill is about protecting jobs, protecting growth, ensuring the fluidity and safety of our UK internal market and prosperity throughout the UK and it should be welcomed, I believe, in Scotland, in Northern Ireland, in Wales and throughout the whole country.”

Mr Blackford said: “We saw the PM breaking the law last year with the prorogation of Parliament, we’ve seen the behaviour of Dominic Cummings and we know that this Government’s prepared to break its international obligations and what the Prime Minister said is complete rubbish and the Prime Minister knows this.”



Melania Trump blasted as coronavirus ‘denier’ in 'disastrous' back to school tweet

The First Lady posted a message thanking teachers and parents for following CDC guidelines to keep their children safe as they go back to school. But Americans challenged Mrs Trump for the message. One user called her husband Donald Trump’s response to coronavirus “disastrous”, with another branding the Trump family as coronavirus deniers. It comes as the US saw another 22,874 cases and a further 381 deaths on Tuesday.

Mrs Trump hailed children returning to school on Twitter, and said: “Whether you’re going back to school in person or remotely, let’s remember to practice CDC guidelines.

“Thanks to our teachers & parents for your dedication to the well-being of our children to make this school year a success.”

She also paid reference to her anti-bullying campaign Be Best in the post.

It followed millions of American children returning to school on Tuesday, and around 513,000 children contracting COVID-19 as of September 3.

Dr Sally Goza, President of the American Academy of Pediatrics, said in the groups weekly briefing the numbers of children infected with the virus are “a chilling reminder of why we need to take this virus seriously”.

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Twitter users savaged the First Lady’s support for children returning to school.

One user said: “Who the f*** is getting to go back to in person? Canada!

“Not my American kids, there’s will be no high school sports for them either.

“This administration couldn’t have made a worse disaster for our kids.

Another added: “So the science and COVID denying first family are now saying we should pay attention to the fact that there’s a pandemic?”

More users took issue with the post, and attacked the First Lady for Mr Trump’s response to the coronavirus pandemic.

One user said in response to Mrs Trump’s praise for children returning to school: “As Donald demands schools open completely, has Barron gone back to his?”

Another added, referencing Mrs trump’s anti-bullying campaign: “Be best how ironic you have a husband who is the worst.

“It’s not just boy talk he’s despicable the way he talks about the military. You should be utterly ashamed.”

Another also said: “What in the world you were thinking with these alternate reality tweets?

“Are you mocking us, mocking the job, or completely delusional?”

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The Trump administration has been vocal about its want for children to return to school, despite the ongoing risks from coronavirus.

Mr Trump, on August 12 during a meeting with Kids First, blamed Democrats for not allowing children to go back to schools, and said keeping them away was a “tremendous burden” on parents.

He also recently appointed Dr Scott Atlas, who believes it is safe to reopen schools, as an adviser to his coronavirus response team.

Dr Atlas said in the same briefing: “We know that the risk of the disease is extremely low for children, even less than that of seasonal flu.

“We know that the harms of locking out the children from school are enormous.”

As of September 8, the US has seen 6,321,950 cases.

It has also seen 189,489 deaths according to Johns Hopkins University.

Mr Trump has been suggested to want schools to reopen to boost the economy ahead of the November 3 election.

The President will face Democrat Joe Biden, and nationwide polling has put Mr Biden squarely ahead of the incumbent.



China blasted by India for 'blatant' violation and as first gun fire in DECADES begins

China insisted its soldiers took “countermeasures” due to Indian soldiers opening fire in Ladakh. China’s Defence Ministry said India conducted a “severe military provocation” on Monday after Indian soldiers crossed the Line of Actual Control in the mountainous region and opened fire. But India accused Chinese forces of “blatantly violating agreements” and firing into the air to scare Indian troops.

New Delhi insisted its military were mature and responsible.

The Indian army said: “Despite the grave provocation, our own troops exercised great restraint and behaved in a mature and responsible manner.”

In a statement they added: “It is the People’s Liberation Army that has been blatantly violating agreements and carrying out aggressive manoeuvres.”

On Tuesday, Indian media reported that Chinese troops were carrying rods, spears and clubs.

The reported open fire from both sides would be the first shooting across the contested region for decades.

Border forces in the mountainous territory normally do not use guns in order to avoid violence escalating in the remote region.

No gun shots have been fired since 1975 when Indian troops were killed in an ambush.

Both China and India will have to hold their positions through the harsh Himalayan winter which is set to start in the next few weeks.

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India and China’s local military commands in the area had previously held rounds of talks to defuse the tensions.

A spokesman for the Western Theatre Command of China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA), Zhang Shuili, said India has violated agreements reached between the two sides.

He warned India’s actions could “easily cause misunderstandings and misjudgments”.

After the clash in June, both nations had agreed to pull back their troops.

But last month, the Indian Army said the Chinese military violated the agreement.

China rejected the accusation that the PLA had breached the border in the Himalayas at the end of August.

In a statement, an Indian army spokesman Colonel Aman Anand said: “On the night of 29/30 August 2020, PLA troops violated the previous consensus arrived at during military and diplomatic engagements during the ongoing standoff in Eastern Ladakh and carried out provocative military movements to change the status quo.”

He said Indian soldiers prevented China’s attempt to “unilaterally change facts on the ground”.

After the accusations, Zhao Lijian, Deputy Director of the China’s Foreign Ministry Information Department, said Chinese troops “always strictly abide by the Line of Actual Control, and never cross the line”.



China blasted by India for 'blatant' violation and as first gun fire in DECADES begins

China insisted its soldiers took “countermeasures” due to Indian soldiers opening fire in Ladakh. China’s Defence Ministry said India conducted a “severe military provocation” on Monday after Indian soldiers crossed the Line of Actual Control in the mountainous region and opened fire. But India accused Chinese forces of “blatantly violating agreements” and firing into the air to scare Indian troops.

New Delhi insisted its military were mature and responsible.

The Indian army said: “Despite the grave provocation, our own troops exercised great restraint and behaved in a mature and responsible manner.”

In a statement they added: “It is the People’s Liberation Army that has been blatantly violating agreements and carrying out aggressive manoeuvres.”

On Tuesday, Indian media reported that Chinese troops were carrying rods, spears and clubs.

The reported open fire from both sides would be the first shooting across the contested region for decades.

Border forces in the mountainous territory normally do not use guns in order to avoid violence escalating in the remote region.

No gun shots have been fired since 1975 when Indian troops were killed in an ambush.

Both China and India will have to hold their positions through the harsh Himalayan winter which is set to start in the next few weeks.

READ MORE: China-India war fears surge as Beijing builds expands key airbase

India and China’s local military commands in the area had previously held rounds of talks to defuse the tensions.

A spokesman for the Western Theatre Command of China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA), Zhang Shuili, said India has violated agreements reached between the two sides.

He warned India’s actions could “easily cause misunderstandings and misjudgments”.

After the clash in June, both nations had agreed to pull back their troops.

But last month, the Indian Army said the Chinese military violated the agreement.

China rejected the accusation that the PLA had breached the border in the Himalayas at the end of August.

In a statement, an Indian army spokesman Colonel Aman Anand said: “On the night of 29/30 August 2020, PLA troops violated the previous consensus arrived at during military and diplomatic engagements during the ongoing standoff in Eastern Ladakh and carried out provocative military movements to change the status quo.”

He said Indian soldiers prevented China’s attempt to “unilaterally change facts on the ground”.

After the accusations, Zhao Lijian, Deputy Director of the China’s Foreign Ministry Information Department, said Chinese troops “always strictly abide by the Line of Actual Control, and never cross the line”.



Melania Trump blasted as coronavirus ‘denier’ in 'disastrous' back to school tweet

The First Lady posted a message thanking teachers and parents for following CDC guidelines to keep their children safe as they go back to school. But Americans challenged Mrs Trump for the message. One user called her husband Donald Trump’s response to coronavirus “disastrous”, with another branding the Trump family as coronavirus deniers. It comes as the US saw another 22,874 cases and a further 381 deaths on Tuesday.

Mrs Trump hailed children returning to school on Twitter, and said: “Whether you’re going back to school in person or remotely, let’s remember to practice CDC guidelines.

“Thanks to our teachers & parents for your dedication to the well-being of our children to make this school year a success.”

She also paid reference to her anti-bullying campaign Be Best in the post.

It followed millions of American children returning to school on Tuesday, and around 513,000 children contracting COVID-19 as of September 3.

Dr Sally Goza, President of the American Academy of Pediatrics, said in the groups weekly briefing the numbers of children infected with the virus are “a chilling reminder of why we need to take this virus seriously”.

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Twitter users savaged the First Lady’s support for children returning to school.

One user said: “Who the f*** is getting to go back to in person? Canada!

“Not my American kids, there’s will be no high school sports for them either.

“This administration couldn’t have made a worse disaster for our kids.

Another added: “So the science and COVID denying first family are now saying we should pay attention to the fact that there’s a pandemic?”

More users took issue with the post, and attacked the First Lady for Mr Trump’s response to the coronavirus pandemic.

One user said in response to Mrs Trump’s praise for children returning to school: “As Donald demands schools open completely, has Barron gone back to his?”

Another added, referencing Mrs trump’s anti-bullying campaign: “Be best how ironic you have a husband who is the worst.

“It’s not just boy talk he’s despicable the way he talks about the military. You should be utterly ashamed.”

Another also said: “What in the world you were thinking with these alternate reality tweets?

“Are you mocking us, mocking the job, or completely delusional?”

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The Trump administration has been vocal about its want for children to return to school, despite the ongoing risks from coronavirus.

Mr Trump, on August 12 during a meeting with Kids First, blamed Democrats for not allowing children to go back to schools, and said keeping them away was a “tremendous burden” on parents.

He also recently appointed Dr Scott Atlas, who believes it is safe to reopen schools, as an adviser to his coronavirus response team.

Dr Atlas said in the same briefing: “We know that the risk of the disease is extremely low for children, even less than that of seasonal flu.

“We know that the harms of locking out the children from school are enormous.”

As of September 8, the US has seen 6,321,950 cases.

It has also seen 189,489 deaths according to Johns Hopkins University.

Mr Trump has been suggested to want schools to reopen to boost the economy ahead of the November 3 election.

The President will face Democrat Joe Biden, and nationwide polling has put Mr Biden squarely ahead of the incumbent.



Met Office storm names for winter REVEALED after UK blasted by coldest Bank Holiday

Aiden will be the first storm to blow in across the UK and Ireland this winter, according to the new list of names for this year’s strongest weather systems. Bella, Gavin, Julia, Minnie, Oscar, Ravi, Saidhbhin and Wilson are among the storm names for 2020-21 announced by the Met Office, along with Met Eireann and Dutch national weather forecasting service the Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute (KNMI).

Now heading into its sixth year, the Name our Storms collaboration aims to raise awareness of the potential impact of severe weather before it arrives.

The 2020-21 list has been compiled from names suggested by the public which reflect the diversity of the three nations.

Others on the list include Christoph, Darcy, Evert, Fleur, Heulwen, Iain, Klaas, Lilah, Naia, Phoebe, Tobias and Veronica.

From September 1, the first storm to hit the UK, Ireland and/or the Netherlands will be named Aiden, while the second storm will be Bella.

Met Office storm names 2020 have been revealed

Met Office storm names 2020 have been revealed (Image: MET OFFICE)

As in previous years, Q, U, X, Y and Z will not be used, to comply with international storm-naming conventions.

The announcement comes after a month of extreme weather in the UK, which has included two named storms, a heatwave and the hottest August day recorded in 17 years.

Last week, the UK was battered by Storm Francis, which saw gusts of 81mph hit The Needles near the Isle of Wight, days after Storm Ellen struck.

The storms followed a spell of blistering heat, which included a high of 36.4C at Heathrow and Kew Gardens.

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Met Office storms: The UK experienced its coldest bank holiday

Met Office storms: The UK experienced its coldest bank holiday (Image: WXCHARTS)

Will Lang, head of the national severe weather warning service at the Met Office, said: “The impacts from Storm Ciara and Dennis earlier this year are still fresh in many people’s minds and although it’s too early to anticipate what weather this autumn and winter will bring, we are prepared with a new list of names to help raise awareness of severe weather before it hits.”

Evelyn Cusack, head of forecasting at Met Eireann, said: “This summer has closed with Storms Ellen and Francis bringing wet and windy weather to our shores.

“As we begin the new storm season for 2020-21, Met Eireann forecasters look forward to working in close co-operation with our colleagues in the UK and Netherlands by continuing to provide a clear and consistent message to the public, encouraging people to take action to prevent harm to themselves or to their property at times of severe weather.”

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Met Office: The 2020-21 list has been compiled from names suggested by the public

Met Office: The 2020-21 list has been compiled from names suggested by the public (Image: WXCHARTS)

The storm names comes after temperatures plunged to just above freezing on the last day of summer as the UK heralded the coming of autumn with a chill in the air.

A low of 0.6C was recorded at 5.13am at Ravensworth in North Yorkshire, making it the second coldest start to an August Bank Holiday in England since the holiday was introduced in 1965.

It was just above the lowest of 0.2C at Kielder Castle in Northumberland in 1983.

The average overnight low for North Yorkshire for this time of year is usually about 9C or 10C.

Meteorological summer ends on August 31, with autumn beginning in September, according to the meteorological calendar.

Looking ahead to the first days of September, Met Office forecaster Craig Snell said: “It will be pretty seasonal this week.

“Temperatures will be roughly where we expect them by day, and at night there will still be some chillier nights.

“I imagine if people are going out late evening or early morning there certainly will be a chill in the air and they probably will need at least a lightweight jacket to take that chill off.”

Met Office: Temperatures plunged to just above freezing on the last day of summer

Met Office: Temperatures plunged above freezing on the last day of summer (Image: WXCHARTS)

The low temperatures of the bank holiday weekend ended a month of “extreme” weather in the UK, which has included two named storms, a heatwave and the hottest August day recorded in 17 years.

The chilly spell is in stark contrast to last year’s August Bank Holiday which was the hottest on record, as the mercury hit 33.2C at Heathrow Airport.

Last week, the UK was battered by Storm Francis, which saw gusts of 81mph hit The Needles near the Isle of Wight, just days after Storm Ellen struck.

The storms followed a spell of blistering heat, which included a high of 36.4C at Heathrow and Kew Gardens.



Sturgeon blasted for 'failing tourism industry' – English terrified to travel to Scotland

The First Minister has been accused of “badly failing” Scotland’s tourism industry, with one Tory MSP sharing emails received from English people worried of traveling north of the border. Oliver Mundell MSP, the Scottish Conservative’s tourism spokesman, read out an email from a concerned English person to Holyrood’s Culture, Tourism, Europe and External Affairs Committee.

The email, sent to Mr Mundell by a Borders tourism business, outlined the guest’s concerns about their booked holiday in Scotland.

The email said: “Just checking if everything is OK as per our last email and everything looks OK for our stay especially with Nicola Sturgeon threatening to quarantine us ‘nasty’ English people.”

The First Minister has said she would not rule out forcing people coming to Scotland from England, Wales and Northern Ireland to face isolation measures.

Ms Sturgeon said she would consider doing so “if it is required from a public health perspective” and added: “We have to be on our guard against cases coming into Scotland from elsewhere”.

However, Mr Mundell described the email along with a collection of other correspondence from angry business as “grim” stressing there was “no doubt in my mind” that the Scottish Government had “badly failed” the tourism industry.

Mr Mundell added: “There is no doubt in my mind that the failure of the First Minister and other senior figures in the Scottish Government to shut down the perception that Scotland is closed to English visitors has badly failed the tourism industry and has once again put politics ahead of people’s lives.”

Scotland’s tourism quango VisitScotland had been told by the Scottish Government last month to airbrush any mention of the “North of England” out of a VisitScotland tourism campaign.

VisitScotland launched the £3million marketing initiative on July 15 on the day Scotland’s tourism industry reopened, welcoming visitors back to the area.

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The quango said the campaign would be “extended to target the North of England from July 24″ in their first draft, which was filed to government officials days prior to the scheme’s launch.

But the Scottish government told VisitScotland the “preference is to continue the marketing focus on staycations in Scotland, with a mind to targeting the full UK market when levels of the virus in other parts of the UK are sufficiently low”.

Mr Mundell continued: “One individual business that has been in touch with me in recent weeks said ‘we are just one tourism business but with have been inundated with angry calls, many turning into cancellations due to the alienation created from Holyrood and the messages on many border roads like the A1 telling visitors to stay away.

“The Scottish government should reflect on how much tourism is UK based.

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“My own border business is on the front line of the north south divide being created.”

Mr Mundell asked the chiefs of VisitScotland, who were giving evidence to the committee whether they were “embarrassed by the growing percent that Scotland is not seen as a welcoming place to millions of customers who are often the only lifeline for much of the tourism industry?”

Riddell Graham, director of Industry and Destination Development at VisitScotland, said that it would have been “nonsensical” to have spent money attracting tourists to a place with “particular issues”.

He added: “The classic example would be why would we promote Scotland in North America when they have got huge problems there with the virus.

“I think specific references to England I don’t think was the case, it was simply ‘can you put it on pause the activity that you were planning until such a time that it is safe to do so’.”

He stressed the Scottish welcome was as “strong as ever” adding: “Inevitably you will always get a small minority that spoils it for the rest and I don’t think that the media coverage was representative in any way of the welcome that Scots are providing visitors from all over the world and particularly those from England.

“I’m always embarrassed at things like that because I think it does nothing to support the well-being of the industry but I think it was a minority view and one that I think is not representative of the rest of the country.”

Ms Sturgeon has made clear that there was not “an anti-English bone in my body” and recently added: “I don’t have a single anti-English fibre in my being. “I come from partly English stock, my grandmother was English, and I lead a party that is full of English people.”

A Scottish Government spokesman said: “The priority is to continue to suppress the virus and mitigate any further instances of clusters.

“For that reason, the preference is to continue the marketing focus on staycations in Scotland, with a mind to targeting the full UK market when levels of the virus in other parts of the UK are sufficiently low.”

A spokesperson for Nicola Sturgoen added to Express.co.uk tonight: “Oliver Mundell’s attempts to politicise a deadly pandemic are utterly beneath contempt. Protecting public health and trying to save lives is the absolute priority, and nothing should be allowed to get in the way of that.”