“Folk across the Highlands & Islands have already paid the highest price for reckless Tory leadership” Emma Roddick MSP warns new leader won’t fix the Conservative party’s mess and calls for Scotland’s exit from the union

Emma Roddick, MSP for the Highlands & Islands has warned that Rishi Sunak’s Prime Ministerial appointment is not good news for households across the Highlands & Islands and the rest of Scotland.

The SNP MSP’s calls come following the news that Rishi Sunak has been appointed Conservative party leader and will thus become the new Prime Minister, after Liz Truss’ resignation last Friday.

Commenting on the new appointment, Roddick said:

“The Conservative Party and its shambolic leadership are an utter embarrassment to this country and Scotland is now faced with a 10th Tory Prime Minister that it has not voted for.

“The Tory government are yet to show a glimmer of hope for the people of Scotland. Households across the Highlands & Islands have borne the brunt of its cruel policies for far too long and enough is simply enough.

“A General Election is the most likely solution for the problem’s Scotland faces in the short-term and the public must be given the option to go to the polls, but it is clear that the Union is not working for Scotland.

“The Union is not fit for purpose and hasn’t been for a long time. The system is rigged against Scotland, and against progressive politics. Only with the full powers of Independence will Scotland be able to reach its full potential. We can and must do better.”