Tory audience erupts as Sunak issues swipe at Truss: ‘I won’t just ignore Nicola Sturgeon’

Tory leadership contender Rishi Sunak took a massive swipe at Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon in the hustings, destroying all hopes of a second independence referendum in Scotland. Amid applause from Conservative members, he said: “I won’t just ignore Nicola Sturgeon. I want to take her on and beat her.”

Conservative members clapped enthusiastically after hearing Rishi Sunak slapping down all hopes of Nicola Sturgeon’s IndyRef2.

The former Chancellor had already criticised the First Minister’s plan in a column for the Scottish Daily Mail, saying IndyRef2 is “the wrong priority at the worst possible moment.

“Working together and uniting is what made us such a formidable force on the world stage,” he wrote.

Nicola Sturgeon has thrown her weight behind a second independence referendum but has so far failed to find a legal avenue to hold one.