‘We must stop them’ Rishi blasts ‘dangerously complacent’ Truss tactics on Sturgeon threat

The former Chancellor and Foreign Secretary are the last two candidates in the race to replace Boris Johnson as Prime Minister. The final ballot, in which all Conservative Party members will be eligible to vote, will take place from July 22 to September 2, with the results expected to be announced on September 5.

In Tory Leadership hustings on Friday, Mr Sunak ruled out granting a fresh referendum over Scottish independence, instead claiming he would “lead the most active UK government in Scotland for decades”.

Attacking Ms Sturgeon’s calls for a second referendum, and a jab at Ms Truss, the Richmond MP said: “Nicola Sturgeon and the SNP pose an existential threat to our cherished Union. Arguing that we should ignore them is dangerously complacent.

“We can’t just bury our heads in the sand and pretend they aren’t there – we need to stop them in their tracks.

“And that’s exactly what I would do as Prime Minister – holding the SNP to account for its failings and personally ensuring that the UK Government has a laser focus on delivering for every part of our United Kingdom.”

Mr Sunak’s campaign team said he ensured £41 billion per year for Scotland as Chancellor, and protected around a million Scottish jobs during the Covid pandemic.

It comes after Ms Truss said on Monday that she would “ignore” the Scottish First Minister, and called her an “attention seeker”.

Ms Truss told host Seb Payne: “I feel like I’m 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 ignore her.

“She’s an attention seeker, that’s what she is.

“What we need to do is show the people of Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales what we’re delivering for them and making sure that all of our Government policies apply right across the United Kingdom.”

Former Tory MP Gavin Barwell, who served as Theresa May’s chief of staff during her time in No 10, lambasted the foreign secretary’s comments

He posted on Twitter: “You can’t ignore the fact that about half of those who voted in last year’s Scottish Parliament elections supported parties who back independence. Unionists need a plan to change some of their minds, rather than sticking our fingers in our ears and saying ‘We can’t hear you'”.

Deputy First Minister John Swinney also said Ms Truss’ attack on Ms Sturgeon from someone hoping to be the next occupant of No 10 is “completely and utterly unacceptable”.

He said: “People in Scotland, whatever their politics, will be absolutely horrified by the obnoxious remarks that Liz Truss has made.”

Mr Swinney told BBC’s Good Morning Scotland: “Nicola Sturgeon has far more democratic legitimacy than Liz Truss is going to have if she becomes the prime minister, and I think Liz Truss has absolutely no right or foundation to make these remarks.”

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Kirsten Oswald, the SNP deputy leader at Westminster, also fumed: “The likely next Prime Minister has made crystal clear the partnership of equals Scotland was promised in 2014 was a sham.

“Firing cheap shots to grab headlines is straight out of the Trump playbook but reveals as never before the contempt Westminster has for the democratic choices people in Scotland make and the elected Scottish Government.

“We’ve already seen with Brexit that the Tories and Labour want to ignore Scotland’s government and the wishes of the Scottish people and exert even more control from Westminster.

“But Truss’s cack-handed comments are also a massive blunder on her part because they expose the ugly reality of Tory attitudes to Scotland and will only strengthen support for independence.”

It also comes as polls show Mr Sunak is trailing behind Ms Truss in the campaign.

A YouGov/Times poll of party members suggested Ms Truss had opened up a 34-point lead over Mr Sunak, with the former Chancellor on 26 percent and the foreign secretary on 60 percent.

A ConservativeHome survey of members published on Wednesday suggested Ms Truss was 32 points ahead.

It also saw Mr Sunak on 26 percent, while Ms Truss was on 58 percent.

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    Liz Truss pledges to end ‘woke’ culture of civil services that ‘strays into anti-Semitism’

    The Foreign Secretary revealed she has had to battle with civil service mandarins over policy relating to Israel. She also set out plans to tackle anti-Jewish attacks by improving education in schools and ridding university campuses of prejudice. And finalising a free trade agreement between the UK and Israel will be a priority if she wins the Tory leadership race.

    She said: “The relationship between the UK and Israel has grown over the last year but there is still more to do, including completing a free trade deal with Israel.

    “So many Jewish values are Conservative values and British values too, for example seeing the importance of family and always taking steps to protect the family unit – and the value of hard work and self-starting and setting up your own business.”

    During her time at the Foreign Office, Ms Truss said she has taken a “strong stand” in tackling anti-Semitism internationally, particularly on organisations such as the United Nation’s Human Rights Council. She says it has been “used to peddle a particular agenda which frankly have strong elements of anti-Semitism”.

    The approach meant she had to “overrule” Foreign Office officials who claimed it would leave Britain “isolated”. Ms Truss said: “Every organisation has its culture, but it’s not fixed, it can be changed. That’s what ministerial leadership is about – it’s about making sure that the policies we represent, the values we stand for, are reflected in what we do.

    “I’ve been very clear with our officials about the positions we take on Israel, and that will continue if I become Prime Minister.”

    The comment caused a backlash inWhitehall. Dave Penman, general secretary of the FDA, which represents senior civil servants, said: “Truss’s accusation of anti-Semitism goes further than the usual dog-whistle politics that has been on display during this leadership campaign when it comes to the civil service.

    “She provides no evidence for her accusation that many civil servants will find both insulting and abhorrent.

    “A prime minister is also minister for the civil service, and throwing around such unfounded inflammatory accusations illustrates a lack of leadership – the very thing that she claims to be demonstrating.”

    Mike Clancy, general secretary of the Prospect union, which repre- sents civil servants, said: “Anti- Semitism and racism in any form is deplorable and must be eradicated. She should have a better grip on both the evidence and facts about what is happening in the civil service.

    “If there is evidence, she should publish it.

    “This smacks more of further attempts to undermine public services rather than focus on the job of serving the public.”

    The issue of anti-Semitism in politics came under sharp focus during Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership of Labour. He was suspended from the party in 2020 for rejecting a bombshell report into his handling of the issue while in charge. Sir Keir Starmer said it was a “day of shame” for the party and vowed to stamp out anti-Jewish prejudice in its ranks. The Equality and Human Rights Commission found the party was responsible for unlawful acts of harassment and discrimination during Mr Corbyn’s time at the top.

    It said there were “inexcusable” failures in the response to the issue that “appeared to be a result of a lack of willingness to tackle anti-Semitism rather than an inability to do so”.

    A Ms Truss source said: “As Prime Minister Liz will review whether schools are doing enough to tackle increasing anti-Semitism.”

    A spokesman for the Community Security Trust, a charity working to protect British Jews, said: “Both leadership candidates have expressed strong opposition to anti-Semitism.

    “We sincerely welcome their suggested policies for how to best tackle this growing problem.”

    Meanwhile, Boris Johnson showed little sign yesterday that he would soon forgive Rishi Sunak for helping to oust him from No 10.

    The Prime Minister dodged questions about whether he would start returning the former chancellor’s calls after refusing to speak to him since his Cabinet walkout.

    It came after Mr Sunak said he had tried to contact Mr Johnson but “not surprisingly” his calls had gone unanswered and had not been returned.

    During a visit to NorthWales, Mr Johnson told reporters asking about the situation: “That’s one of those Westminster questions that doesn’t change the price of fish.

    “There are plenty of things that do change the price of fish, not least the price of energy, but that’s not one of them.”

    Mr Sunak insisted he was still in with a chance of winning the leadership contest as he continued to meet party members yesterday.

    He told Times Radio: “I’m fighting passionately for the things that I believe are best for this country.

    “And the reception I’m getting everywhere I go is positive and I think I’ve got a fantastic chance to make progress in this campaign.”

    He denied it was a lost cause, adding: “All the polls don’t say that actually, there was a poll of councillors the other day – and there have hardly been any polls to be honest – which showed it was completely evenly split between me and Liz Truss and people who don’t know, and that’s the point.” Mr Sunak said “lots of people have not made up their mind”.

  • 2 часа, 27 минут назад 13.08.2022Politics
    ‘Oblivious to the wrongs’ Rishi Sunak compared to Harry and Meghan over major snubs

    When asked during a hustings event in Cheltenham whether he had spoken to the outgoing Prime Minister since resigning from Government, Mr Sunak replied he had messaged him and tried calling, but “perhaps not surprisingly” Mr Johnson had not replied.

    The Conservative contender was second, right after ex-Health Secretary Sajid Javid, to quit over Mr Johnson’s mishandling of allegations surrounding former Deputy Chief Whip Chris Pincher, who was accused of groping two men while intoxicated at a London nightclub.

    In his resignation letter, Mr Sunak told Mr Johnson “the public rightly expect Government to be conducted properly, competently and seriously”.

    He said he recognised “this may be my last ministerial job, but I believe these standards are worth fighting for and that is why I am resigning”.

    The former Chancellor of the Exchequer launched his leadership campaign a week later.

    One social media user drew a parallel between what they suggested was a disloyal move by Mr Sunak and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s relationship with the Royal Family.

    @holliethecard wrote on Twitter: “If Rishi Sunak is contacting Boris Johnson to say ‘hi there, still besties?’, like Harry and Meghan wanted a photo shoot with Queen Elizabeth during her Platinum Jubilee, then both parties are totally oblivious to the great wrongs they have committed.”

    Prince Harry, 37, and wife Meghan, 41, stepped back from their royal duties in 2020 before moving to the United States for a life away from the spotlight.

    In a controversial interview with chatshow host Oprah Winfrey, they accused members of the Firm of making racist comments about their son Archie, with whom Meghan was pregnant at the time.

    The Sussexes’ ties to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge; Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, and the Queen have been under scrutiny ever since.

    Harry and Meghan travelled to the United Kingdom for the Monarch’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations in June and, according to royal biographer Angela Levin, the couple were after a photo of their one-year-old daughter Lilibet with her great-grandmother.

    As she joined Colin Brazier on GB News to discuss the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s low profile during the Jubilee events, Ms Levin claimed the pair wanted the picture for their upcoming Netflix docuseries, which will reportedly provide a glimpse into their and their children’s lives in California.

    The biographer said: “Harry and Meghan wanted to see the Queen as soon as possible, so she saw them on the first day.

    “She went in and then they asked if they brought their own photographer and they asked if he could take a picture of the two Lilibets and she said, ‘no, absolutely not possible’.

    “Because they would have sold it, they would have used it for Netflix, it would give them a kudos that they had her with her great-grandmother, you know, it would be very valuable, very valuable to them.

    “But actually, the Palace was so clever and cunning that they never had a chance to be photographed with any of the senior royals.”

    @holliethecard argued Mr Sunak’s intentions in reaching out to Mr Johnson are somewhat similar to Harry and Meghan’s when seeking to be pictured with the Queen, suggesting it might be in the candidate’s best interest to stay close to the outgoing Tory leader.

    The remark came after Nadine Dorries, one of Mr Johnson’s closest allies, last month suggested Mr Sunak was part of a “coup” that brought down the Prime Minister.

    When asked about her view of Mr Sunak, the Culture Secretary told Sky News: “It’s not a secret that things happened that shouldn’t have happened and that Boris Johnson was removed via a coup.”

  • 4 часа, 27 минут назад 13.08.2022Politics
    Jacob Rees-Mogg exposes real Brexit reason Tory MPs had knives out for Boris Johnson

    Jacob Rees-Mogg has warned that Tory MPs who brought down Boris Johnson have put Brexit at risk. In a lengthy interview with GB News, the Brexit Opportunities minister said Mr Johnson’s demise was a “triumph” for Remainers. GB News host Esther McVey had earlier challenged Mr Rees-Mogg on the reasons for the outgoing PM’s fall from power.

    Mr Rees-Mogg said the demise could be traced back to the Brexit referendum, suggesting it was a Remainer plot.

    He responded: “There are all sorts of reasons.

    “Part of the reason has to be Brexit. There are still a lot of people who resent the fact we left the EU.

    “Therefore, bringing down the standard bearer of Brexit was a triumph for them.”

    He continued: “You had Lord Heseltine and Lord Adonis, saying No Boris, No Brexit.

    “I very much hope they are not true, but I think we have taken a risk.

    “Just look at the Cameron establishment, they never warmed to Boris, and they have all flocked to Rishi now.”

    Mr Rees-Mogg, a Boris Johnson loyalist, has backed Liz Truss for the Tory leadership.

    He said Ms Truss’ admission that she regrets backing Remain in the 2016 vote was “brilliant” and “refreshing”

    The cabinet minister added: “She’s enthusiastic about Brexit – and that’s terrific.

    “Because if we’re to get the benefits of Brexit, we need enthusiasm.”

    He also bashed Ms Truss’ leadership rival, Rishi Sunak, telling GB News: “The area where I think the government has not been so strong is on economic policy.

    “But there’s somebody else that I would blame for that.”

    Economic issues have dominated the leadership campaign, with Ms Truss pledging immediate tax cuts while Mr Sunak prioritising bringing inflation under control.

    Ms Truss secured a surprise boost today when Sir Robert Buckland become the first cabinet minister to publicly switch his support from Mr Sunak to Ms Truss.

    Sir Robert said Ms Truss was the “right person to take the country forward”.

  • 6 часов, 27 минут назад 13.08.2022Politics
    David Lammy in breach of MPs’ code after probe uncovers £40k ‘inadvertent’ failure

    Kathryn Stone, Parliament’s standards commissioner, launched a probe on June 16 relating to claims about the late declaration of both earnings and hospitality. These included payments for Black History Month speaking engagements and appearances on a commercial radio station, as well as tickets to American football and boxing matches in London.

    According to the rules, MPs must register changes to their financial interests within 28 days.

    In her summary, Ms Stone said she initially opened an inquiry on June 16 after receiving an allegation Mr Lammy was involved in eight events held between October 7 and November 15, 2021, for which he failed to register within the set timeframe.

    Ms Stone then found a further seven interests that had been registered late, taking the total to 15 – with a combined value of £35,794.88.

    Speaking engagements included one for GlaxoSmithKline and Capital One at Black History Month events, each worth £2,460, which took place on December 1, 2021, but which were only registered 149 days later on June 26.

    Mr Lammy was also paid £4,165 for presenting six shows on LBC throughout January and accepted two tickets with hospitality valued at £1,598 for an NFL match at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in his constituency on October 17 last year.

    Additionally, he also received £3,726.88 for a visit to Tufts University in America to deliver a speech on April 3 about the situation in Ukraine as part of his shadow ministerial role.

    Following the identification of these 15 submissions, Mr Lammy then brought to Ms Stone’s attention another “single late declaration”, which was added to the scope of the investigation.

    For this interest – attending a forum in Washington DC – Mr Lammy said he was reimbursed £5,669.57 for flights and an estimated £536.58 for airport transfers and meals, bringing the total unregistered amount to £42,001.03.

    The commissioner said, based on the evidence, she was satisfied “there was no deliberate intention to mislead”.

    In her summary, she said: “My decision was finely balanced, but I have decided the breaches were inadvertent.

    “Therefore, a referral to the standards committee is not necessary, and I can resolve these breaches of the rules through the rectification procedure available to me under Standing Order No 150.”

    In a letter to the commissioner, the shadow foreign secretary offered his “sincere apologies” for the late submissions, saying he was “thoroughly embarrassed” by the accidental breaches, which were “genuine oversights resulting from administrative errors on my behalf”.

    The register would now feature on the agenda at his weekly team meetings, he told her, with his head of office and executive assistant having separate regular catch-ups on the issue.

    He also vowed to set reminders in his team calendar to “check and submit standard returns”.

    He added: “Whilst I regret the error, I am satisfied that my new system has demonstrated that it can work in identifying these interests at an early stage and ensuring that this was flagged to you at the earliest possible time.”

    The announcement comes days after Sir Keir Starmer himself fell foul of Ms Stone after she found the Labour leader had likewise been late in declaring eight interests, including gifts from football teams and the sale of a plot of land.

    When Ms Stone initially revealed she had launched her investigation of Sir Keir, also in June, he insisted he was “absolutely confident” he had not broken the MPs’ code of conduct.

    In her summary, published on August 4, Ms Stone likewise said the “breaches were minor and/or inadvertent, and that there was no deliberate attempt to mislead”.

    The watchdog therefore said her inquiry could be concluded by way of the “rectification” procedure, meaning it did not need to be referred to the committee on standards, as would happen in more serious cases – as happened with Owen Patterson, who was hit with a 30-day Commons ban after being found to have breached paid advocacy rules.

    The Tory MP for North Shropshire subsequently resigned as an MP.

    A Labour party spokesperson said: “Keir Starmer takes his responsibilities to the register very seriously and has apologised to the commissioner for this inadvertent error.

    “He has assured the commissioner that his office processes have been reviewed to ensure this doesn’t happen again.”

    Express.co.uk has approached Mr Lammy via his Parliamentary office for comment.

  • 6 часов, 27 минут назад 13.08.2022Politics
    Boris Johnson: Further help with soaring energy bills is needed

    The Prime Minister stressed official support was still being distributed but he said more would be needed with energy bills predicted to hit nearly £5,300 by the spring.

    Mr Johnson said whoever is in Downing Street would be “making sure there is extra cash to help people”.

    He added: “I think it is crucial to understand that, first of all, we realised for a long time that things were going to be tough and that’s why we put in place a lot of measures already.”

    “The money has started to come through. I think it is very important for people to understand, most people have not yet received the help the Government has already allocated, so over the course of the next couple of months you will see about eight million households get another £326, you will see everybody in October get help with the energy support scheme.”

    Chancellor Nadhim Zahawi, who was visiting Broughton Airbus plant in North Wales with Mr Johnson, insisted the next prime minister would “hit the ground running” as the Treasury is looking at “all the options” so decisions can be taken swiftly. He said: “My message to families today is: we will have those options ready to go.”

    “I met with the industry to look at what more we can do with the industry on direct debit, on prepayment meters, all the things that families are worried about.”

    But Work and Pensions Secretary Therese Coffey said she believed energy prices would be “nothing near” the dismal forecasts made by the gas and electricity industry’s analysts.

    Consultants Auxilione expects the £1,971 price cap to hit £3,628 in October, then £4,538 in January and peak at £5,277 in April.

  • 6 часов, 27 минут назад 13.08.2022Politics
    Just like the EU! Brexiteer slams Italian football boss over ‘deceitful’ Super League plan

    And the former Southampton FC chairman also drew compassions between the “deceit” he claimed was inherent in both the EU and the concept of a European Super League. Former Brexit Party MEP Mr Lowe also said the idea of a league of the continent’s top clubs was flawed – arguing it is the regional rivalries, not games with teams from other countries, which fire the imagination of UK football fans.

    The plans for a breakaway European Super League made headlines in April 2021, with so-called “Big Six” of English football – Manchester City, Manchester United, Liverpool, Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur – signing up for the idea, along with AC Milan, Inter Milan, Juventus, Atletico Madrid, Real Madrid, Barcelona.

    Such was the backlash that all but the two Spanish giants and Juventus pulled out within days, leaving the proposal dead in the water.

    Mr Galliani made his remarks in an interview with Italian sports magazine Tuttosport, when asked whether the idea could be the solution to a period of English football dominance.

    He replied: “Yes, but without the English. There should also be a Brexit in football.”

    The current CEO of Italian top-flight club Monza further claimed a competition without English clubs would be a “true European championship”.

    Mr Lowe told Express.co.uk: “My view is quite simple. It’s a pity that it’s coming from an Italian because I think on the whole Italy is the biggest loser from Brexit now.

    ”Her economy has been destroyed by the euro and eventually she will have to make an exit if she’s going to protect the domestic economy. That’s the first thing to say.

    ”The second thing to say is that a bit like with the European Union, it’s ironic that they were attempting to building the European Super League on deceit.

    “That’s what the European Union was built on, instead of telling the electorates of Europe, including Britain, of what that postwar plan was, for all roads leading to, if you like, a sort of global Europe.”

    The peoples of the individual nation states would never have fought for such a concept, Mr Lowe suggested.

    He added: “So it had to be done by deceit. And it’s the same with the European Super League.

    “So it’s got nothing to do with Brexit. I mean, Brexit was simply the British people voting to take back their sovereignty.

    “You think if they were so confident in that experiment, they would let us go, respect what we’ve done and if we’re wrong, welcome us back because they should be secure in their own project.”

    Turning his attention to the concept of the Super League itself, Mr Lowe said: “My own view is that European football is fun to play, but it can never replace the tribal excitement that you get with various regions of the UK playing football against each other.

    “So whether it’s Manchester United versus Man City, whether it’s Everton versus Liverpool, whether it’s Southampton versus Portsmouth, football, in my opinion is a tribal game.

    “Any form of sort of interface with either European or international clubs is the icing on the cake, but the fundamental bedrock of is domestic football.

    “I think the sort of the way in which the big clubs were driven by purely selfish financial reasons to join up with this deceitful plan, which was uncovered and everybody was frightfully embarrassed at the end of it is, frankly, is frankly, disappointing.

    “But I do think it’s fitting that considering the European Union was built on years of post-war deceit, they should even think of founding a deceitful European Super League.”

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