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Do more to bring stranded people home – Moray MSP

By Lorna Thompson

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MORAY'S MSP is pressing the authorities to "pull out the stops" to bring home UK citizens stranded overseas.

SNP MSP Richard Lochhead said stranded constituents and their families were becoming more worried by the day as travel becomes increasingly limited and complex amid coronavirus measures.

He has written to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the Scottish Government seeking more action to get people back on home soil.

Mr Lochhead said: "This is a very anxious time for everyone given the unprecedented threat of the coronavirus and its impact on our way of life and wider society.

"However, it is a particularly anxious time for people stranded overseas and unable to easily return home due to the restrictions on travel imposed by many countries with little warning to prevent the spread of the virus."

Moray SNP MSP Richard Lochhead.
Moray SNP MSP Richard Lochhead.

He added: "I have been contacted by many constituents who are either stranded themselves overseas in many different countries around the world or who have loved ones unable to return home.

"Even where they are able to leave the country they are in, they often find that the connecting flights back to the UK have been suspended. Given the circumstances, this is a particularly distressing time for this to happen and hopefully the UK authorities can pull out the stops to make the necessary arrangements to bring everyone home to Moray.

"I have no doubt that the authorities are being swamped with cases but constituents that have contacted me are becoming more anxious with every day that passes."

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