Nicola Sturgeon branded ‘attention-seeking political actor’ over Tory-hating comments | Politics | News

Nicola Sturgeon has been accused of being a “bad faith, attention-seeking political actor” as she continues to come under attack for her outburst against Conservative Party. On the eve of her keynote address 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 are already threatening to boil over.

She said on the Laura Kuenssberg program on Sunday: “If the question is for me, I would prefer a Labor government to a Tory government – I loathe the Tories and everything they stand for – so it’s not difficult to answer that questions.”

But her comments have sparked a furious backlash, with GB News presenter and political commentator Darren Grimes launching a vicious attack on the SNP leader.

He tweeted: “Nicola Sturgeon says she doesn’t regret saying she ‘disgusts'[s] the Tories’, a major political party in Scotland, and then wonder why Liz Truss hasn’t picked up their phone to waste her time on this malicious, attention-seeking political actor?”

The Scottish Conservatives also took to the social media platform Ms Sturgeon has “offended 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, Sturgeon received the firm backing of her Deputy First Minister, who said he associated himself with the comments she had made about the Conservatives.

When asked on the BBC’s Breakfast program about the First Minister’s comments, John Swinney replied: “The First Minister said she detested Conservative policies and the values ​​of the Conservative Party and I agree with those comments.

“Because I think it’s clear that the Conservatives are taking Britain in a direction that is deeply damaging to many people in our society.”

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But Labor leader Sir Keir Starmer said he “wouldn’t use (that) language” after being asked by reporters about Sturgeon’s remarks.

He said: “I disagree with the Tories, I think there’s a fundamental disagreement at the moment: they think we’re going to make the economy grow by making the rich richer and somehow that trickles down down to working people.

“I think we build the economy on working people, who are the ones who go out to work every day and actually build our economy. I fundamentally disagree with the conservatives, but I wouldn’t use (the) language to detest 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, Sturgeon vowed to “never give up” on Scottish independence as she vowed to continue serving as Scottish First Minister “for a while longer”.

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The SNP leader told party members in Aberdeen that she would do “everything in my power to build the better Scotland we all want to see”.

She added: “Scotland has what it takes to be a successful independent country, it has it in abundance. Don’t ever let anyone tell us otherwise.”

In recent months, speculation has swirled around Holyrood that 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 will hear the Scottish Government’s argument on why it can hold another independence referendum without Westminster’s consent.

Speaking at the SNP conference, Sturgeon insisted: “As long as I am First Minister – and the conference, by the way, I intend for it to be for a while yet – my job, our job, is not done.

“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 are asking – and this is not an illegitimate question – why propose a referendum in the middle of a cost of living crisis?

“Conference, the answer is in the question. The answer is the cost of living crisis. That’s the Tory response to that, that’s the financial chaos and that’s the damage of Brexit.

“All of this exposes, every single day, the damage that is being done to the people of Scotland because we are not independent.”

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