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Truss Told to get on With it Over Cost of Living Crisis

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The SNP has said Liz Truss must “get on with it” and deliver a major package of cost of living support without further delay.

Responding to the Tory leader’s election, Ian Blackford MP said it was “unforgivable” that the Tory government had “wasted the summer sitting on its hands” and urged there is “no time to waste” in freezing energy bills and delivering the support that households and businesses need.

The SNP Westminster Leader said the tone of the Tory leadership campaign suggested Liz Truss is shaping up to be “even worse than Boris Johnson” with another “shift to the right” under Westminster control.

Commenting, SNP Westminster Leader Ian Blackford MP said:

“It is utterly unforgivable that the Westminster government wasted the entire summer sitting on its hands, refusing to lift a finger to help families and businesses with the Tory-made cost of living crisis.

“Liz Truss must now get on with it – there is no more time to waste.

“The UK government must cancel the rise in energy bills immediately, scrap VAT on fuel bills, and deliver a major package of support to put cash in people’s pockets.

“All the signs suggest Liz Truss is shaping up to be even worse than Boris Johnson – with the Tories lurching further to the right, and continuing to impose damaging policies like the extreme Brexit that has raised the cost of living.

“And with the new Prime Minister taking the same arrogant and anti-democratic approach to Scotland as her predecessor – it’s clear independence is the only way to keep Scotland safe and escape the long-term damage of Westminster control.

“Liz Truss has no mandate in Scotland.

“She cannot deny the democratic decision of the people of Scotland to hold an independence referendum.

“By denying democracy, the Westminster parties will only further increase support for independence.

“An energy-rich country like Scotland shouldn’t be in the growing mess Westminster has created.

“Only the full powers of independence can secure Scotland’s energy needs and deliver a fairer and more prosperous future.”

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