Rishi Sunak refuses to apologise to Scots over summer holiday general election disruption

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak
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Rishi Sunak has refused to apologise for disrupting the school holidays of Scots with his panicked decision to call a general election.

The gaffe-prone Tory Prime Minister said it is the “right” time election, even though Scots will be on on their summer breaks .

He also denied he is running scared of voters after limiting his trip to Scotland to a security-heavy free port north of Inverness.

It came as a new poll showed Labour holding a massive 27 point lead over the Tories.

Sunak has been accused of calling the election on July 4th to stem internal Tory sniping.

But he has annoyed football fans across the UK by ensuring the Euros will be overshadowed by a political campaign.

He also angered Scots who have booked holidays for early July to coincide with the school holidays.

During a visit to the Port of Nigg, the Record asked if he would apologise to Scots for the disruption.

He said: “No, I think this is the right moment to have this election because we have restored economic stability after a difficult few years.

“Inflation is back to normal and wages have now been rising faster than prices for 10 months.

"The economy this year has grown at a healthy rate and energy bills are falling, so this is the moment to think about the future.”

He then tried to change the subject by claiming the “main” issue is the SNP’s poor record on education.

Sunak was also accused of a “stage managed” trip to Scotland and asked if he is scared of normal Scots

He said: "I think I've been here multiple times in the last few months alone. We were just remarking actually that I've been back and forth quite a lot over the last few weeks.

"And I've been out and about across the UK today, I started in the East Midlands, then I was in Wales, now I'm in Scotland, I'll be elsewhere tomorrow and I'll be doing that every day for the next six weeks.”

Sunak, who is staring defeat in the face, said he would welcome TV debates with Labour leader Keir Starmer.

“This election is about the future of our country. I'm very clear that we live in uncertain times and, given that, I want to make sure I can offer the country, not just bold actions, but a clear plan that will deliver a secure future for everybody.

“That's what I want to talk about over the next few weeks and I am happy to debate Keir Starmer head to head as many times as possible over the next few weeks.

The timing of the election means no Rwanda flights will take place before July 4th and his tobacco ban is also at risk.

He was asked if he had “no legacy” to take into the election:

“Look the country's undeniably been through a difficult few years. But what the last few weeks shows is the economy has turned a corner and I have delivered the economic stability that I said I would.

“Now is the moment to consider the future and we live in an uncertain time and that's why we need leadership that has not just a clear plan but is prepared to take bold action to deliver a secure future for everyone across the country. And that's what I'll be talking about over the next few weeks.”

He said of the SNP: “On the union, I’ve always worked collaboratively and constructively with the SNP government where there are areas where we can deliver jointly for the people of Scotland.

"I believe in being a prime minister for every part of the United Kingdom, and that’s what we’ve done. This freeport is an example of that, attracting jobs and investment to this area.”

His day started poorly when he made an embarrassing gaffe chatting about football in a brewery in Wales.

He tried to make small talk with workers and asked them if they were looking forward to "all the football" later this summer as a potential source of revenue.

But one worker pointed out that Wales had not qualified for the Euro 2024 tournament.

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