The SNP has said that independence is the only way for Scotland to rid itself of more toxic Tory austerity – as the Tory leadership race to the right rumbles on.
It follows alarming comments made by current front-runner and former Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, who claimed he will govern the country like Margaret Thatcher – while Nadhim Zahawi has threated to cut NHS and education budgets by 20%.
Kirsten Oswald MP has warned that candidates are trying to “out-Thatcher Thatcher” with their damaging policies, warning that no matter who wins, Scotland will find itself under the control of a Tory Prime Minister it did not vote for.
Commenting, the SNP’s Westminster Depute Leader, Kirsten Oswald MP, said:
“Be in no doubt: the only way for Scotland to rid itself of more toxic Tory austerity is by becoming an independent country.
“So far, we’ve seen candidates competing on who can out-Thatcher Thatcher – with Rishi Sunak going as far to say he will govern just like her.
“Meanwhile, candidates like Nadhim Zahawi are prepared to slash NHS and education budgets if he is elected.
“It’s clear that this Tory race to the right will be devastating for Scotland.
“Whoever replaces Boris Johnson, Scotland will find itself – yet again – under the control of a Westminster Tory government it did not vote for, imposing cruel and callous policies we do not support.
“Scotland wants a different future to the one being imposed under Westminster control.
“Brexit has cost our economy billions and Tory cuts are pushing people into poverty – therefore the only way to keep Scotland safe and deliver meaningful change is to become an independent country.”