SNP threat to Rishi Sunak’s visit to North brutally slapped down by Scottish lawyer

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Cat Headley, commentator and former Scottish Parliamentary candidate, told Angus Robertson, who lost his seat to the Tories in 2017, the Chancellor was “entitled as any politician” to visit north of the border after he attacked Mr Sunak’s “ministerial day-trip to lecture the restless natives”. Ms Headley waded in after Mr Robertson, who is preparing to stand in Edinburgh Central for the SNP in the 2021 Holyrood elections, suggested visits to Scotland by Tory MPs were why the Scottish independence campaign was thriving.

He tweeted: “Tory ministerial day-trips to Scotland remind people north of the border they are governed by a party that hasn’t won an election in Scotland since 1955.

“No wonder there is now majority support for Scottish independence. #RishiSunak #ToryDayTripper

“Let’s get #ToryDayTripper trending in Scotland to highlight yet another UK Tory ministerial day-trip to lecture the restless natives #ToryDayTripper #Scotland.”

But Ms Headley hit back telling Mr Robertson:“1) Sunak is Chancellor for all of UK so is as entitled as any politician to be in Scotland.

“2) if losing your seat to a Tory wasn’t a big enough signal, there are plenty of Conservative supporters in Scotland.

“3) You’re better than this.”

It comes as Mr Sunak sent a warning shot to First Minister Nicola Sturgeon on his visit to the north, saying now is not the time to discuss Scottish independence.

Following a visit to generator manufacturers Peak Scientific in Glasgow on Friday morning, Mr Sunak said he believes Scotland is one of the UK’s “power brands” in the tourism sector and could drive the recovery of the whole country.

The Chancellor – the fourth UK Cabinet minister to visit Scotland in recent weeks – also said new fiscal powers for the Scottish Parliament should be decided in a “proper way” through a review of the fiscal framework.

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That is the agreement between the UK and Scottish governments on funding arrangements.

Mr Sunak said: “I don’t think now is the time to be talking about these constitutional questions, I think everyone’s sole focus and my sole focus right now is doing what we can to protect people’s jobs and their livelihoods at what is an incredibly difficult time for our economy.

“That’s what I think everyone should be focused on, let’s not focus on these divisive constitutional questions, let’s focus on rebuilding for the future.”

The Chancellor echoed the sentiment expressed by Prime Minister Boris Johnson when asked about Scottish independence, saying the coronavirus pandemic has highlighted the importance of the union to Scotland and how it will prove just as important in the economic recovery to come.


He added: “Tourism is a really important industry for the United Kingdom and Scotland is one of our power brands when it comes to UK tourism, and Scotland can help drive our recovery in that regard.

“Which is why the UK initiatives like ‘eat out to help out’ or the VAT reduction for tourism and hospitality can disproportionately benefit the Scottish economy and Scottish jobs and in doing so help drive the UK recovery.”

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