Lady Poole resigns as chair of Covid-19 inquiry
Lady Poole is to resign as chair of the independent Scottish Covid-19 public inquiry.
Deputy First Minister John Swinney confirmed in a letter to MSPs that Lady Poole gave notice on Friday that she intends to step down from the role for personal reasons.
Mr Swinney said: “I am grateful to Lady Poole for the important work she has undertaken since the establishment of this inquiry, and for her offer to assist with the transition to her successor during a notice period of up to three months. I thank Lady Poole for her work and wish her well.
“I have already spoken with the Lord President about arrangements for appointing a new judicial chair for the independent inquiry.
“The inquiry team has been drawing in key information as part of the important evidence-gathering process which precedes inquiry hearings, and that work is continuing.
“The Scottish government, and I know the independent inquiry team, remain committed to this vital exercise, and people who wish to can continue to engage with the inquiry.
“I will provide a further update to Parliament about a replacement chair at the earliest possible opportunity.”
Lady Poole was installed as a senator in January 2020 and was appointed as chair of the inquiry in December last year.