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First Minister questioned over ‘bedbug infestation’ in Glasgow school

Nicola Sturgeon was asked about the ‘desperate action’ taken by a school in her constituency to try to combat ongoing outbreaks of bedbugs.

A school in Glasgow has been suffering a ‘four-year-long ordeal’ of bedbug infestations”, the First Minister was told at FMQs (Rentokill Pest Control/PA)
A school in Glasgow has been suffering a ‘four-year-long ordeal’ of bedbug infestations”, the First Minister was told at FMQs (Rentokill Pest Control/PA)

Intensive work is being done to rid a school of bedbug infestations after a four-year ‘ordeal’, the First Minister has said.

St Bride’s Primary School in Nicola Sturgeon’s Glasgow constituency is installing washing machines in an attempt to stop pupils and teachers being plagued by bedbug outbreaks.

The First Minister was asked about the bedbug situation by Annie Wells MSP, who said: “In my region of Glasgow and in the First Minister’s own constituency, a school has been forced to take desperate action to eliminate a four-year-long ordeal of bedbug infestations.

“Kids are getting rashes, pest control teams are visiting every few months and staff have had to destroy their own furniture.

“First Minister, what century is this?”

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Nicola Sturgeon during First Minister’s Questions at the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh (Jane Barlow/PA)

Responding at FMQs, Ms Sturgeon said “This is an issue in different parts of Glasgow”, adding that she had been speaking to Glasgow City Council officials about the outbreaks.

She added: “I know the work that is going on is very intensive and I think all of us have to encourage those involved in this to follow all of the guidelines in order that the work that’s being does has the best chance of succeeding.”

The purchase of washing machines for the south side school, where a member of staff has reportedly been paid compensation by the local authority after suffering bedbug bites, will be used to boil-wash clothes of children whose parents are unable to do so.

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