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Scottish health secretary has a bad day at work falling from scooter

September 16, 2021
Humza Yousaf fell while scooting in the Scottish Parliament. (Image: Twitter)
Humza Yousaf fell while scooting in the Scottish Parliament. (Image: Twitter)



LONDON The Scottish health secretary Humza Yousaf took an unfortunate tumble in the main corridor next to Holyrood's debating chamber on Thursday morning.

TV cameras were stationed to capture MSPs ahead of First Minister’s Questions.

Yousaf, who has been using the mobility transport since rupturing his achilles tendon playing badminton, was arriving to answer questions from MSPs on Scotland's ambulance crisis.

And the cameras picked up the moment the SNP minister was sent flying from the scooter - while an aide ran behind him holding a pair of crutches.

Glenn Campbell, political editor for BBC Scotland, shared the clip on Twitter. He posted it on Twitter with the caption, “The health secretary @HumzaYousaf does not appear to be having a good day at work...”

However, Yousaf was rather displeased with the political editor’s tweet. Taking to social media himself, he said there was “no need” to share the video.

He posted: “All for media scrutiny & never shy away from it.

“Just not sure there is need or purpose to tweet out a video of me falling over while injured.

“If anyone else had fallen over while on crutches, a knee scooter, or in a wheelchair would your first instinct be to film it & tweet out?”

But this was a very different reaction than the one he had after Douglas Ross was caught on camera falling in 2018. At the time, he tweeted: “Best moment of the 2nd half – Douglas Ross MP decks it a belter! “Can’t wait to see the meme...” Agencies


September 16, 2021
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