Nicola Sturgeon clashes with Laura Kuenssberg during interview
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Nicola Sturgeon has been accused of being a “bad-faith, attention-seeking political actor” as she continues to come under attack over her outburst against the Conservative Party. On the eve of her keynote speech at the annual SNP party conference in Aberdeen, Scotland’s First Minister took a bitter swipe at the Tories, as relations with new Prime Minister Liz Truss already threaten to boil over.
She said on the Sunday with Laura Kuenssberg programme: “If the question to me is would I prefer a Labour Government over a Tory government – I detest the Tories and everything they stand for – so it’s not difficult to answer that question.”
But her comments have sparked a furious backlash, with GB News presenter and political commentator Darren Grimes launching a vicious attack against the SNP leader.
He tweeted: “Nicola Sturgeon says she doesn’t regret saying she ‘detest[s] the Tories’, a major political party in Scotland, and then wonders why Liz Truss hasn’t picked up their phone to waste her time on this bad-faith, attention-seeking political actor?”
The Scottish Conservatives also took to the social media platform, Ms Sturgeon has “insulted hundreds of thousands” of the party’s voters.
It added in a post: “This is just a taste of the bitterness and division in our politics if the SNP get their way with another divisive independence referendum next year.
Earlier today, Ms Sturgeon received the firm backing of her Deputy First Minister, who said he said he associated himself with the comments she had made about the Conservatives.
When asked on the BBC’s Breakfast programme about the comments from the First Minister, John Swinney replied: “The First Minister said that she detested Conservative policies and the values of the Conservative Party, and I associate myself with those comments.
“Because I think what’s clear is the Conservatives are taking the United Kingdom in a direction which is profoundly damaging for many people in our society.”
But Labour Party leader Sir Keir Starmer said he “wouldn’t use (that) language” after he was asked by reporters about the remarks made by Ms Sturgeon.
He said: “I disagree with the Tories, I think there’s a fundamental disagreement at the moment: they think that we grow the economy by making the rich richer, and somehow it trickles down to working people.
“I think we build the economy on working people who are those that go out to work every day and actually build our economy. I disagree fundamentally, with Conservatives, but I wouldn’t use (that) language of detesting them. We disagree. This is a battle of ideas, and that’s what it should be.”
During her keynote speech at the SNP conference today, Ms Sturgeon vowed to “never give up” on Scottish independence as she pledged to continue serving as Scottish First minister “for quite some time yet”.
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The SNP leader told party members in Aberdeen she would do “everything in my power to build the better Scotland we all want to see”.
She added: “Scotland has got what it takes to be a successful independent country, it has it in abundance. Never let anyone tell us otherwise.”
During recent months, speculation has been swirling around Holyrood that Ms Sturgeon might step down as SNP leader at the next election if she is unable to hold a new referendum next year.
This week, the Supreme Court is due to hear the Scottish Government’s argument as to why it can hold a new independence vote without Westminster’s consent.
Speaking at the SNP conference, Ms Sturgeon insisted: “For as long as I am First Minister – and by the way conference, I intend that to be for quite some time yet – my job, our job, is not done.
“For as long as I am First Minister, I will do everything in my power to build the better Scotland we all want to see. Now, I know some people ask – and it is not an illegitimate question – why propose a referendum in the midst of a cost of living crisis?
“Conference, the answer is in the question. The answer is the cost of living crisis. It is the Tory response to it, it is the financial chaos, and it is the damage of Brexit.
“All of that is laying bare, each and every day, the harm being done to people in Scotland because we are not independent.”
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