A Scottish MP said Rishi Sunak will be “just as bad” for the Scottish people after Boris Johnson withdrew from the race to become the next prime minister.
Comments from Westminster SNP leader Ian Blackford come as the former chancellor was dubbed the favorite for being at the top of the MPs vote following Johnson’s dramatic withdrawal from the offer Sunday night.
Election candidates to replace Liz Truss will now potentially be exclusively between Mr. Sunak and Penny Mordaunt, the House leader.
Commenting, the Westminster leader of the SNP said: “No Conservative Prime Minister can or will make deliveries for Scotland, and with his record of insensitive austerity from his time as Chancellor, we know Rishi Sunak will be as bad as Johnson for the Scottish people.
“After destroying the economy, in a period of government that has seen mortgage rates rise, pensions fall and inflation rise that has driven household bills, the last thing the country needs is another unelected Tory in Downing Street.
“If conservative MPs have any respect for democracy, they will pressure the new prime minister to call a general election immediately.
“The whole saga has shown exactly why Scotland needs independence so we can escape the chaos and calamity of the undemocratic Tory government once and for all.”
He added: “The fact that the Conservatives can give us a third prime minister in just three years without an election, in the midst of a cost of living and an economic crisis they have created, speaks to how unfair and undemocratic this Westminster system is.” .
In a statement announcing his retirement from running for 10 Downing Street, Mr. Johnson insisted that he had secured the 100 nominations needed to get on the ballot – and that if he stood up there would be “a lot of good chances” he would be back in Downing Road by the end of the week.
But the former premier added that “it would simply not be the right thing to do” as “you cannot govern effectively if you do not have a united party in Parliament”.
Earlier, Mr. Blackford wrote to Labor leader Sir Keir Starmer urging him to push for a vote of no confidence in the Tories, vowing he will work with other opposition parties to try to make it happen in an effort to force early general elections.
As the leader of the opposition in the House of Commons, Sir Keir is the only MP who can file a formal no-confidence motion.
Blackford insisted that opposition leaders “cannot stand by as the Conservatives attempt to impose their third prime minister within three months.”