Rishi Sunak will ‘stand firm’ against Nicola Sturgeon’s plan to break up Britain, says Douglas Ross

Rishi Sunak - Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images
Rishi Sunak – Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

Rishi Sunak will “stand firm” against Nicola Sturgeon’s plan to break up Britain, Douglas Ross has said after holding talks with the new Prime Minister.

Writing in the Telegraph, the Scottish Tory leader said voters could be “confident” the new Prime Minister will refuse to give in to Ms Sturgeon’s “divisive agenda”.

He said they could trust Mr Sunak to “act in the interests of every corner of the UK” and pledged he would “put Scotland and the whole of the UK on a solid footing going forward”.

His intervention came after he held discussions with Mr Sunak on Tuesday evening over “his plans for the United Kingdom as we navigate the difficult times our country faces”.

Mr Ross took to Twitter to urge the Scottish Government to “work constructively” with the new Prime Minister, whom he had earlier described as a “tried and tested leader in turbulent economic times”, citing his actions as chancellor during the pandemic.

Alister Jack - REUTERS/Henry Nicholls
Alister Jack – REUTERS/Henry Nicholls

Mr Sunak reappointed Alister Jack as Scottish Secretary, a role he filled in both Boris Johnson’s and Liz Truss’s Cabinets.

Speaking shortly after leaving No 10, the Dumfries and Galloway MP said: “We are facing very significant challenges both at home and abroad, and there is much to be done.

“We need to bring stability to our economy and our public finances, deliver long term prosperity for everyone in our country, and continue to sustain and strengthen the Union.”

Sources close to Mr Jack said his reappointment was a vote of confidence in his record of delivery in the role, including forcing SNP ministers to drop their opposition to freeports in Scotland, with two due to be unveiled shortly.

The Scottish Tories also rejected Ms Sturgeon’s claim it was “preposterous democratically” for Mr Sunak to govern without calling a general election.

They pointed out that she was crowned Alex Salmond’s successor as SNP leader and First Minister in Nov 2014 without a contest, but did not bring forward the May 2016 Holyrood election.

Russell Findlay, a Scottish Tory MSP, said: “Nicola Sturgeon clearly has a very short memory. She governed as First Minister for years without ever attempting to call an election.”

But Ian Blackford, the SNP’s Westminster leader, said Mr Sunak was “feart of voters” and challenged him to “stop running scared of democracy”.

“People are paying through their teeth for Tory mistakes as mortgages rise, pensions fall, and inflation soars. No one voted for this – and the Tories have no mandate to impose the devastating cuts they are now planning,” he said.

The SNP also launched a concerted attack on his record as chancellor, claiming he had scrapped the furlough scheme “prematurely” and citing footage in which he said he had diverted areas from urban areas to rural communities.

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