'She will be a disaster!' Sturgeon lashes out at Truss as SNP leader braces for huge clash

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The Scottish First Minister promised to give whoever becomes Prime Minister “a chance to prove themselves” before criticising the Tory leadership frontrunner’s policies. She claimed that “if she governs as she has campaigned for the summer, she will be a disaster not just for Scotland, but for all of the UK”.

Ms Sturgeon and Ms Truss already have a strained relationship after the South West Norfolk MP accused the First Minister of being an “attention seeker” who was “best ignored” at a leadership hustings in July.

The Scottish leader hit back claiming the Cabinet minister was more interested in “how to get into Vogue” than discussing policy issues when they last met in person.

However, she claimed she would “do my best” to work with Ms Truss if she takes over in No10 claiming the ball was in her court.

“It is up to her if she wants to work with me,” she added.

“Let’s put personal insult to one side.”

Ms Sturgeon accused Ms Truss of having spent the past two months campaigning on the “niche priorities of 100,000 members of the Conservative Party”.

Speaking to Sky News, the SNP leader said: “The obsessions of a tiny, tiny number of Conservative Party members are not the right priorities for the country.

“So I think it won’t take very long to see whether she is going to govern as a Prime Minister with a focus on the real priorities of the country or not.

“I think that will become very obvious and evident within the first 24 to 48 hours of her premiership so let’s hope that she chooses the responsible course and stops pandering to the margins and the Conservative Party.”

The leadership hopeful has spent the last six weeks pledging to tackle the current cost of living crisis via tax cuts if she becomes Prime Minister.

She has vowed to reverse the National Insurance hike, consider cutting VAT, and cancel a planned rise in Corporation Tax.

The Foreign Secretary is expected to be announced as the next Conservative leader at 12.30pm tomorrow and take over from Boris Johnson 24 hours later.

Polls show she leads her leadership rival Rishi Sunak by a considerable margin.

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