'A waste of time' Sky News host slaps down Ian Blackford for Tory leadership demand

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SNP Westminster leader Ian Blackford called on the Government to implement immediate cost of living measures suggesting Tories should not be “hiding behind the contest” excuse. In light of the remarks, Sky News host Anna Jones slammed Mr Blackford as she questioned whether it would be “a waste of time” to put in new cost of living policies that “are only going to be revered” by the new Tory leader in “just over a week time”. Following the remarks, Mr Blackford shut down the comments from the host and said SNP should be the ones sitting in the Parliament. 

Ms Jones told Mr Blackford: “The Government should say it is equally important to have a proper process of scrutinising the next Prime Minister and choosing properly who that leader should be and if they were to put policy in now it is only going to be reversed by that person that walks through the doors of Number 10 in just over a week time that would be a waste of time.

“Don’t you have sympathy with that argument?”

The comments came as Mr Blackford earlier argued: “Tories cannot hide behind the contest.

“The Government needs to act and we should be in Parliament.

“I am grateful we are having these discussions with you this morning but Parliament should be sitting to discuss what is the national emergency.”

Following the remarks, Mr Blackford slammed the comments from the Sky News presenter and said: “No, not at all because it is not a presidential-style government.

“We have this collective responsibility in the Cabinet.

“We should be sitting, we shouldn’t be discussing this.

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“And then of course we go into a conference recess for another week, we should be back in Parliament, doing our job, protecting citizens and making sure that people are not facing the anxious choices that they are going to [make] over the course of the next few weeks.”

The comments came as energy regulator Ofgem announced on Friday a significant rise in the price cap, taking the average electricity bill to over £3,549 a year. 

Despite not providing exact projecting for the price cap in January due to a “too volatile” market, Ofgem warned that price “could get significantly worse through 2023”. 

Following the announcement, chief executive of Ofgem Jonathan Brearley said: “We know the massive impact this price cap increase will have on households across Britain and the difficult decisions consumers will now have to make.”

Referring to the government and the next prime minister, he added: “The government support package is delivering help right now but it’s clear the new prime minister will need to act further to tackle the impact of the price rises that are coming in October and next year.

“We are working with ministers, consumer groups and industry on a set of options for the incoming prime minister that will require urgent action. 

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