The Tory leadership hustings event in Perth yesterday was met with a reported 1,000-strong crowd of angry protesters last night. Some members of the crowd were spotted carrying banners that read “Scottish Not British”, and “It’s time for independence”. According to Tory MP Andrew Bowie, who attended the event, said there were “eggs being thrown” and “spitting at pensioners”.
He tweeted: “Good to see Nicola Sturgeon’s civic and joyous nationalism in action in Perth tonight.”
SNP MP David Linden replied: “These morons don’t speak for me or my party. We condemn their behaviour utterly and without equivocation.”
Writing for the Telegraph, Tom Harris said the “nationalist bullies” had “embarrassed the country they claim to love”.
The crowd were also heard shouting “Tories out” and calling Conservatives “scum”.
Banners and placards also said “no ifs, no buts, no cruel Tory cuts”, and “British Governments – always robbing the needy to profit the greedy”.
The protest has sparked fury and condemnation from all sides, with Twitter user @kanyou95 saying: “Well SNP, you have hand fed hatred in our country.”
Meanwhile @kennedy_speaks said the protest represented “the ugly real face of nationalism in Scotland that we all come to expect.”
An eyewitness quoted by the Scottish Daily Express said: “The atmosphere and protestors are very lively and constantly shouting Tory scum. Eggs are being thrown at people entering the venue and at several journalists. There is a significant police presence (which is no surprise given how the hustings have been received).”
The crowd was even seen pushing through barriers and shouting at attendees.
Posting on Twitter on Tuesday night, SNP MP for Glasgow East David Linden said: “These morons don’t speak for me or my party.
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Current favourite Liz Truss had previously said she would ignore Nicola Sturgeon, branding the First Minister an “attention seeker”. She said she was committed to getting “Scotland’s economy moving”, and vowed to give Members of the Scottish Parliament (MSPs) special legal protection, allowing them to be more outspoken in Holyrood.
Meanwhile Rishi Sunak promised Scottish civil servants would face greater scrutiny from Westminster, while UK ministers will be required to be more visible north of the border.
But Mr Sunak refused to completely rule out a second Scottish independence referendum – instead saying: “I can’t imagine the circumstances in which I would”.
He added: “We live in a union which is of course there by consent and by democracy and I accept that. But I just don’t think anybody thinks now or anytime in the near future is remotely the time to focus on this.”
Ms Truss was more forceful, being met with huge cheers as she said she would “ignore” calls for a referendum.
She added: “If I am elected as Prime Minister I will not allow another independence referendum.”