Nicola Sturgeon is an ‘attention seeker’ best ignored, claims Liz Truss

Liz Truss has claimed it’s best to ignore “attention seeker” Nicola Sturgeon.

The Conservative Party candidate criticized Scotland’s First Minister before ruling out a second independence referendum.

Ms Truss, speaking at a Hustings event in Exeter, referred to growing up in Paisley before saying: “I feel like a child of the union, I really believe we’re a family and we’re better together, and I think the best thing to do with Nicola Sturgeon is to ignore her.”

Tory members cheered and applauded the comment, with the Foreign Secretary adding: “She wants attention, she is.

“What we need to do is show the people of Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales what we are doing for them and make sure all our government guidelines are applied across the UK.”


Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon (Andrew Milligan/PA)

She replied “no, no, no” when asked about another independence referendum in Scotland if she became Prime Minister.

Speaking to BBC Scotland’s The Nine, Deputy First Minister John Swinney called the comments “completely and utterly unacceptable”.

He said: “The people of Scotland, whatever their politics, will be absolutely appalled by the sickening remarks made by Liz Truss tonight.

“The union activists are proposing that Scotland should be at the heart of the UK and as Scotland can be expected to be at the heart of the UK when our country’s democratically elected leader thinks the person is most likely to be the next Prime Minister of the UK, someone who should be ignored is totally and utterly unacceptable.

“I think Liz Truss has fundamentally undermined the argument she is trying to make with some stupid, immoderate intervention: that Scotland, in the heart of the UK, can somehow be treated fairly and well.”

SNP MP Chris Law posted a link to Ms Truss’s comments on Twitter, saying: “The only reason Scotland needs independence. Utter contempt from the future Prime Minister.”

Elsewhere at the Hustings, Ms Truss declined to give details about the most embarrassing thing she’s done in her life.

She said, “Honestly? My daughters will see this and I will absolutely not say it.

When asked if she was a person of faith and a regular practitioner of religion, Ms Truss said: “I share the values ​​of the Christian faith and the Church of England, but I am not a regularly practicing religious person.”

Responding to the same question, Tory leadership rival Rishi Sunak said: “I am a practicing Hindu and that is how we raised our children.

“A few weeks ago I was back in my temple in Southampton where I grew up, every year we have a family day of prayer where we cook lunch and serve it to the congregation and it was a very special part of my birth and a special part of how I live my life today.”

Commenting on what he would do if he were not a politician, Mr Sunak said: “If I could run Southampton Football Club I would be a very happy man.” Nicola Sturgeon is an ‘attention seeker’ best ignored, claims Liz Truss

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