Scotland’s Labour leader has hit out at the appointment of Rishi Sunak and said regardless of a new Prime Minister, this will “not stop the rot” within the Conservatives.
Anas Sarwar said on Monday afternoon, “This is a morally bankrupt and incompetent Tory party that cares only about hanging on to power.
“The Tories have turned Britain into an international punchline – and they have treated you with contempt.
“Rishi Sunak has no mandate to lead the country. It’s time we had a general election and swept this immoral Government from power.”
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Scottish Green co-leader Patrick Harvie said Sunak winning the leadership race will be “music to the ears of his super rich friends, but, for millions of people in Scotland and beyond it will be devastating.”
Harvie added, “Scotland didn’t vote for any of them. There is no doubt that we need an election, and the chance to remove this chaotic government.
“But we also need a fair and democratic referendum.
“Surely after all this, nobody can doubt that Scotland is capable of better than the shambles that calls itself the UK Government.”
Scottish Tory leader Douglas Ross issued a call for unity and congratulated Sunak “on becoming the leader of the Conservative Party and Prime Minister.”
Ross said, “Our country, like others around the world faces tough economic challenges.
“Against that backdrop, it’s important that we have someone at the helm with a proven track record in running the nation’s finances, who can provide economic stability and reassurance to the markets.
“Recent weeks have been difficult and unsettling for both the Conservative Party and, more importantly, the country.
“Now all our focus must be on bringing the nation together and navigating the tough economic conditions we face.
“As he showed during his time as Chancellor – not least in safeguarding one in three Scottish jobs during the pandemic through the furlough scheme – Rishi Sunak is uniquely well equipped for that task.”