SNP: Options for next prime minister ‘grim’ as candidates go head to head in first debate

The options for the next UK prime minister are ‘bleak’, SNP said after the first televised standoff between Rishi Sunak and Liz Truss.

Irsten Oswald, deputy SNP spokesperson for Westminster, said the candidates did not have a credible plan to deal with the cost of living crisis after Mr Sunak and Ms Truss fell out over the economy in the couple’s first televised debate on BBC One on Monday night.

She added: “The options for the next UK prime minister are bleak – on the one hand, a law-breaking former chancellor who time and time again refused to provide meaningful support to ease the cost of living crisis, and a foreign secretary who decided to stay. breaking the Boris Johnson law to the bitter end.

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Westminster SNP deputy leader Kirsten Oswald criticized both Tory candidates for failing to put forward a credible plan to tackle the cost of living crisis (House of Commons/Pennsylvania)

“It was clear tonight that both candidates have no credible plan to deal with the cost-of-living crisis, and neither shows remorse or recognition for the damage caused by their hard Brexit.”

Former chancellor Mr Sunak said there was “nothing conservative” about Ms Truss’s approach and that it gave the party “absolutely no chance” of winning the next election.

Foreign Minister Ms. Truss, in turn, suggested that her rival would lead the country into recession.

Ms Truss said she would “immediately” develop an economic growth plan if she became prime minister, as well as impose a temporary moratorium on clean energy fees.

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Liz Truss and Rishi Sunak were accused of making it clear that both would “continue to ignore the voice of Scotland” (Jeff Overs/BBC/PA)

According to Ms. Truss, the increase in national insurance will also be cancelled.

Mr Sunak said he would like to make sure his government “always” has a policy of support for Britons amid the cost-of-living crisis.

Ms Oswald also accused both candidates of “making it clear that they will continue to ignore the Scottish vote and the Scottish government’s mandate to hold a second independence referendum after we were pulled out of the EU against our will.”

The SNP MP added: “Whoever wins this ugly contest, Scotland will lose.

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SNP calls for a second independence referendum after Scotland was ‘pulled out of the EU against our will’ (Lesley Martin/PA)

“Scotland hasn’t voted Conservative since the 50s and yet we’re about to face another Conservative Prime Minister we didn’t vote for.

“Whoever wins could very well be the last Tory Prime Minister of Scotland as we prepare for a referendum in 2023 to give the Scots a chance to escape the chaos of Westminster and build a more just society.”

The BBC studio audience on Monday consisted entirely of people who voted Conservative in the last general election.

With mail-in ballots due to reach Conservative members’ doorsteps by 5 August, Mr Sunak was forced to use a BBC debate and another hosted by TalkTV and The Sun on Tuesday to push for an early breakthrough.

The new prime minister is expected to take office by 5 September.