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Rishi Sunak, Tory leadership candidate Rishi Sunak has said that the SNP would be “dangerously complacent”.

Setting out his plans for Scotland should he become prime minister, Mr Sunak said his government would be the most active in Scotland in decades by sending ministers to Scotland more often and reforming the public sector. group in Number 10.

The reshuffled unit, the former prime minister claims, will ensure “every part” of government functions across the UK, although key policy areas such as education and health are already under control. control of Holyrood since its dissolution in 1999.

The comments came after Mr Sunak’s rival Liz Truss said she would “ignore” Nicola Sturgeon and she described the First Minister as an “attention-seeker”.

Mr Sunak’s plan also includes bolstering the Scottish Conservatives, providing a campaign manager in every seat at Holyrood elections, as well as conducting a support assessment from the central party. for Douglas Ross’s cohort.

Rishi Sunak said Nicola Sturgeon and SNP ‘pose an existential threat to our lovely union’ (PA) / PA wire

Mr. Sunak said: “The Nicola sturgeon and the SNP are an existential threat to our cherished alliance.

“The argument that we should ignore them is dangerously complacent.

“We can’t just bury our heads in the sand and pretend they’re not there – we need to stop them from watching.

“That is exactly what I will do as prime minister – keep the SNP accountable for its failures and personally ensure that the UK Government is focused on providing the spark to every region of the country. Our UK.”

Recent polls, Mr Sunak’s team have highlighted, show him as preferred over the Scottish Foreign Secretary.

But Ms Truss, who spent her childhood living in Paisley, has been described by Scottish supporters as a “child of the union”.

SNP MP Mhairi Black said Mr Sunak did not have “the faintest idea” of what ordinary people were dealing with.

“Rishi Sunak is the same guy who cut Universal credit by more than £1,000 for millions of pounds, increased payments to National Insurance and now admits he wants to get public money out of areas that need it. and give it to richer towns,” she said.

“He has made it clear that he stands for one thing only, making the rich richer and the poor poorer, and people across Scotland know this.

“As the richest MP in Westminster, he does not have the faintest idea of ​​what ordinary people in Scotland, and elsewhere, are facing every day during the Tory cost of living crisis. This is when bills and food prices skyrocket.

“Scotland has not voted for the Tories in over 50 years, but we continue to be tied to Tory governments and Tory prime ministers who will only work to widen the inequality gap and try to stop it. Scotland’s democratic right to choose its own future. “