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by Staff reporter
17 March 2022
Douglas Ross misses FMQs after his 'throat seized up'

Douglas Ross misses FMQs after his 'throat seized up'

Scottish Conservative leader Douglas Ross missed this week's First Minister's Questions due to illness.

The party said Ross' throat had "seized up", but said he had tested negative for Covid.

He will be replaced at FMQs by party colleague Jamie Greene.

Ross is due to speak at his party's conference, which takes place in Aberdeen this weekend.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson will address delegates tomorrow. It comes after Ross withdrew his call for the prime minister to resign over partygate.

A Scottish Conservative spokesman said: "In the past 24 hours, Douglas Ross has fallen ill. His throat has seized up, which has left him unable to speak at First Minister's Questions today. 

"He has taken Covid tests each day, all of which have come back negative. 

"Douglas will still be appearing at Scottish Conservative Conference on Friday for the Prime Minister's speech, and he will be delivering a slightly shortened version of his keynote address on Saturday." 

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