Conservative leadership – latest: Liz Truss under fire from attacks on Nicola Sturgeon and pay cut plans

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Liz Truss is facing criticism over a personal attack on Nicola Sturgeon and a controversial plan to cut public sector wages.

The Conservative leadership candidate has said the Scottish premier is an ‘attention seeker’ who should be ignored on Monday night.

The comments sparked backlash in Scotland, with the Deputy First Minister calling them ‘deeply disturbing’ and the Scottish Greens saying Ms Truss had shown ‘utter disrespect’ for the country’s leader.

In political news, Ms Truss vowed to launch a ‘war on Whitehall waste’ – including plans to cut public sector wages outside England’s wealthy south east.

Unions have criticized the proposal, telling Ms Truss to expect ‘opposition every step of the way’ if she becomes prime minister.

It also angered Labour, who said it would spell the end of the government’s leveling scheme.

Andy Burnham, the mayor of Manchester, said: “If this is serious policy, we will fight it tooth and nail.”

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Rees-Mogg doubles Sturgeon’s attack

As Liz Truss comes under fire for her comments about Nicola Sturgeon, her allies step up the attacks.

Jacob Rees-Mogg has now claimed the Scottish First Minister is ‘always moaning’ and ‘often wrong’.

Ashley Cowburnour political correspondent, reports:

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Truss showed ‘total disrespect’ to Sturgeon, say Scottish Greens

Liz Truss has also come under fire from the Scottish Greens for her comments about Nicola Sturgeon last night.

The party’s co-leader said Ms Truss had shown ‘utter disrespect’ for the Scottish First Minister and ‘contempt for everyone who voted for a pro-independence MSP majority in the elections. elections last year”.

“She knows the Democratic case for a referendum is unanswerable, so she prefers to patronize us and ignore us,” Lorna Slater said.

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Truss comments on Sturgeon “deeply disturbing”

The Scottish Deputy First Minister said the comments about Nicola Sturgeon by Tory leadership hopeful Liz Truss are “deeply disturbing and concerning”.

John Swinney said Scots would be ‘really worried and in many cases insulted’ after Ms Truss suggested the Prime Minister was an ‘attention seeker’ who should be ignored.

He told the BBC Hello Scotland tha program: “Nicola Sturgeon has far more democratic legitimacy than Liz Truss will have if she becomes prime minister, and I think Liz Truss has absolutely no right or basis to make those remarks.”

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How does the public sector fit into Truss’ plan?

Our political editor Andre Bécasse explains that the controversial plan to reduce civil service salaries could be extended to the entire public sector.

“Ms Truss initially promised to save up to £8.8billion a year by ‘adjusting’ civil servants’ salaries to match the cost of living in the areas where they work.

But aides were forced to change the demand after experts from the Institute for Government pointed out that the Foreign Secretary’s target was almost equal to the total annual civil service payroll of around £9 billion. pound sterling.

They clarified that regional pay would initially only be introduced for new entrants to the civil service, delivering only a tiny fraction of the sums claimed. If successful, it would be rolled out over several years to cover all public sector workers, with the £8.8bn target only being met in the long term.

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Rees-Mogg defends controversial Truss plan

Jacob Rees-Mogg also defended Liz Truss’ plans to shake up public service pay:

He said the discussion at the moment was “only around civil servants” when pressed on the broader public sector:

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Rees-Mogg joins attacks on Sturgeon

The Minister for Brexit Opportunities has added to attacks on Nicola Sturgeon after Liz Truss, who he backs for the next Tory leader, said people should ignore the Scottish First Minister.

He told Sky News: ‘When she keeps talking about having a referendum and going to the Supreme Court and all that, we have to say, wait, you’re doing this because you’re failing to deliver for the people of Scotland and the government of the United Kingdom will also have to take account of the Scottish people. »

The Minister for Brexit Opportunities added: “I think she gets it wrong very often, she always moans and we need to focus on how the Union benefits people.”

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“It’s not war on Whitehall, it’s more war on Workington”

Conservative leadership hopeful Liz Truss’ proposal to save billions with civil service cuts would lead to pay cuts for nurses and teachers, an expert says.

The Institute for Government’s program director, Alex Thomas, said the proposed £8.8 billion in savings from regional wage negotiations would not come from Whitehall.

“The whole civil service wage bill is only around £9billion,” he told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme.

“You are not going to reduce the civil service wage bill to £200million unless you reshape the state quite drastically.

“I know she wants to be radical but maybe not that much, so it’s going to come from the wider public sector, it’s going to come from nurses, teachers and local authorities.”

He argued the ‘complicated and controversial’ decision would mean nurses and teachers would be paid less or receive slower pay rises than others, adding: ‘This is not war on Whitehall, it’s is rather the war against Workington.”

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Andy Burnham criticizes Truss’ plan

Liz Truss’ idea is also criticized by Andy Burnham, the mayor of Manchester:

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Liz Truss runs with the ‘recipe for leveling down’, says Rayner

Share The IndependentOn the front page, Angela Rayner said Liz Truss’ public sector pay cut plans were a “dumbing down recipe”:

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Sturgeon is an “attention seeker”, says Truss

Liz Truss has claimed that ‘attention seeker’ Nicola Sturgeon is best ignored.

The Conservative Party leadership candidate slammed the Scottish First Minister before ruling out a second independence referendum.

Ms Truss, speaking at a husting event in Exeter, referenced her childhood in Paisley before saying: ‘I feel like a child of the union, I really believe we are one family and that we’re better off together and I think the best thing to do with Nicola Sturgeon is to ignore her.

Tory members cheered and applauded the comment, with the Foreign Secretary adding: ‘She’s an attention seeker, that’s what she is.

“What we need to do is show the people of Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales what we offer them and make sure that all of our government policies apply across the UK. “

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