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Nicola Sturgeon has invited Boris Johnson to meet her to discuss their COVID recovery plans.

The Scottish first minister invited the prime minister to her official Edinburgh residence, Bute House, during his visit to Scotland this week.

She said it would be “their first opportunity to meet in person for a while”.

Ms Sturgeon acknowledged the two leaders “differ politically”, but said the Scottish and UK governments “must work together where we can”.

The two have taken different approaches to COVID-19 restrictions and have often been seen at odds with one another, with the devolved governments responsible for their health services.

They have usually taken the same decisions ultimately, but often with different timings.

In a letter to Mr Johnson, the first minister said his trip north “might offer us an opportunity to meet in person in Edinburgh for a discussion on the current COVID situation and our respective plans for recovery”.

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She said the talks would focus “obviously on the areas where it is important that our government work together”.

Almost all legal restrictions in England were lifted on 19 July but Ms Sturgeon has yet to confirm if the same can happen in Scotland from 9 August.

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She has also warned the use of face coverings in Scotland in places such as shops and public transport will most likely remain in place for a while.

In England, the law making face coverings mandatory was lifted on 19 July, although people are expected to wear them in crowded and enclosed spaces such as public transport.

Businesses, including transport operators, can ask their employees and customers to wear face masks.

Scotland has said as restrictions are eased, personal responsibility, good practice and informed judgement will be emphasised.

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Beth Rigby has revealed how she decided on a “narrative” before quizzing the Labour and Tory leaders at Sky News’s special event – and how a morning run almost scuppered everything.

Sir Keir Starmer and Rishi Sunak took turns for a 45-minute grilling at Sky News’ Battle For Number 10 in Grimsby, with questions coming from a representative audience.

First to interrogate both leaders was political editor Rigby, who has lifted the lid on what it’s like to prepare, execute (and almost miss) the big event.

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“Kay Burley told me when I first came into telly ‘fail to prepare, prepare to fail’,” she told former Labour MP Margaret Hodge on the Electoral Dysfunction podcast.

“So, I took these two mottos into this very intense interview prep… you get loads of information and you start to try and work out what’s the narrative that you want to tell.”

The secret, she said, is to look at everything and then “distill it” until you have a clear “narrative arc”.

“With Starmer, the thing really was – how can you trust this guy? That was the premise,” she said.

“But for Sunak, it was like, you say you’ve got a clear plan, you say you’re going to deliver… so, what’s the Conservative record? But more importantly, what’s your record?

“Because you’ve actually been prime minister. You made five pledges, and then there was a broader question about what were the betrayals to the British people.”

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But disaster almost struck before the event had even started.

“The night before, I woke up at, like, five in the morning, fully awake,” she said, adding she could “feel the adrenaline”.

So, she decided to go for a run.

“I just saw I’m coming to the end of the road. And I went to turn round, and, as I turned, I nearly ran into a moving car. So, I nearly got run over,” she explained.

Not the kind of car crash anyone would have expected that day.

Email the team electoraldysfunction@sky.uk, post on X to @BethRigby, or send a WhatsApp voice note on 07934 200 444.

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