Lorna Slater ‘terrified’ by Tory leadership candidates’ approach to economy

Scottish Green Party co-leader Lorna Slater said she was “appalled” by the Conservative leaders’ approach to the economy.

It comes after Liz Truss made a U-turn after an announcement that she would cut public sector salaries by £8.8billion outside London on Tuesday.

Following criticism from other Conservatives, including Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen, who supports Rishi Sunak and said he was “actually speechless” by Mrs Truss’ proposal and suggested it would have cost the party the next general election, if it had been implemented.

Ms Truss abandoned the policy, claiming she was “misrepresented”.

Ms Slater said both Mr Sunak and Ms Truss had “disrespected” the Scottish Parliament.


Rishi Sunak and Liz Truss attend the BBC Tory leadership debate live (Jacob King/PA)

Speaking to BBC Scotland’s The Nine on Tuesday night, she said: “I am honestly appalled at the approach taken by the Tory leadership candidates’ approach to the economy and the cost of living crisis.

“Your cruel cuts. Their cruel deportations and their disrespect for the Scottish Parliament and the Scottish people are an excellent argument for independence and that Scotland would be better off as an independent European country.”

But senior Scottish Tories say the UK government’s role in Scotland is “absolutely vital”.


Murdo Fraser said the UK government had a ‘vital role’ to play in Scotland (Fraser Bremner/PA)

Speaking to the same programme, MSP for Mid-Scotland and Fife, Murdo Fraser said: “There is still a wide range of industrial policy areas in relation to Freeport, in relation to town deals, in relation to defence, where the UK Government Plays a role Supporting jobs across Scotland is, and will continue to be, absolutely vital.

“Rather than trying to oppose this, criticize that. I would like to encourage the Scottish Government to sit down and work with the UK Government so that both Scottish Governments can deliver.”

Meanwhile, Labor MP Neil Bibby, representing western Scotland, accused the Conservatives of “flattening out” Paisley, where Ms Truss grew up in the 1980s.

In his weekly column for the Paisley Daily Express, Mr Bibby said the Tory record in the area was “shameful”.

He wrote: “The Tory governments of my adulthood, which have supported you as MP since 2010, have done little better than the Thatcher and Major governments in this area.

“Austerity was a political decision and an increasingly discredited one. You can’t cut yourself out of an economic crisis.

“Don’t just give Paisley a name check. Give Paisley a real check for the investments and jobs it deserves.” Lorna Slater ‘terrified’ by Tory leadership candidates’ approach to economy

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