The First Minister breaks his silence on the sharp statements coming from the hopefuls of the Conservative Party leadership
Nicola Sturgeon has dismissed Prime Minister Rishi Sunak’s jibe as a “wannabe” that he would stop the SNP “in their tracks”.
The First Minister broke his silence on the hopeful whims of the Conservative Party leadership and the scathing statements coming from Liz Truss, to say he had heard it all before.
Mr Sunak said on Friday it would be “dangerously complacent” to ignore the threat posed to the union by Scottish nationalists, adding that “Nicola Sturgeon and the SNP pose an existential threat”.
Her remarks came after Mr Sunak’s rival Liz Truss said she would “ignore” Nicola Sturgeon, and described the first minister as an “attention-seeker”.
Ms Sturgeon hit back on Saturday morning by tweeting Mr Sunak’s comments on the front page of a national newspaper.
The SNP leader said she was “thinking how many opposition leaders/seekers I have heard this from now”.
Mr Sunak said on Friday: “Nicola sturgeon and the SNPs pose a potential threat to our cherished union.”
“To argue that we should ignore them is dangerously complacent.
“We can’t just bury our heads in the sand and pretend they’re not there – we need to stop them in their tracks.
“That’s exactly what I would do as prime minister – hold the SNP responsible for its failures and personally ensure that the UK government has a laser focus on delivering to every part of our United Kingdom.”
In recent polls, Mr Sunak’s team has insisted he is more popular in Scotland than the foreign secretary.
But Ms Truss, who spent much of her childhood living in Paisley, has been described by Scottish supporters as a “child of the Union”.
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Last night SNP MP Mahrie Black said Mr Sunak had no “faint idea” of what ordinary people were dealing with.
“Rishi Sunak is the man who cut Universal Credit by more than a million pounds, increased National Insurance payments, and now admits he wants to take public money from the areas that need it most And want to hand it over to the rich cities,” she said.
“He has made it clear that he stands for just one thing, making the rich richer and the poor poorer, and the whole of Scotland knows this.
“As Westminster’s richest MP, he has no idea that ordinary people in Scotland and elsewhere are seeing skyrocketing bills and food prices on a daily basis during this Tory-created cost-of-life crisis .
“Scotland has not voted for the Tories for more than 50 years, yet we continue to be saddened by Tory governments and Tory prime ministers who will only work to widen the inequalities and give Scotland the democratic right to choose its future. Will try to block for
Deputy First Minister John Swain had previously called Truss’s comments “unpleasant”, saying that “people in Scotland, whatever their politics, will be utterly horrified.
She continued: “I think Liz Truss has fundamentally undermined this argument with a silly, inconsiderate intervention that she tries to advance the point that the United Kingdom is at its heart with Scotland. in any way fair and well behaved.”