Scottish Tory leader Douglas Ross urged to do 'apology tour' over support for Boris Johnson and Liz Truss

Scottish Conservative leader Douglas Ross
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Douglas Ross has been urged to apologise for the economic harm wreaked by Boris Johnson and Liz Truss.

The Scottish Tory leader was called on to say sorry by Labour counterpart Anas Sarwar after he launched his general election campaign.

Ross’ party won six seats at the 2019 election and hopes SNP troubles will land him a few more on July 4th.

However, his stance on previous Tory Prime Ministers is being used as an election issue.

He was widely mocked for calling on Boris Johnson to quit over party-gate, then u-turning, before again demanding he resign as PM.

He was also accused of pulling his punches on the chaotic 45-day premiership of Truss, whose mini budget nearly crashed the UK economy.

Sarwar, speaking to the Record, said of Ross on the day he launched the Tory campaign in Perth:

“He should be doing an apology tour around Scotland.”

Ross is also facing flak from the SNP over his support for Sunak’s widely panned policy of reintroducing national service for teenagers.

MP Richard Thomson, the SNP candidate for Gordon and Buchan, said:

"Not content with destroying the hopes and aspirations of a generation of young people, the Tories now want to take them back to the 1950s with their National Service plans.

"Scotland wants no part in a Sunak service, which the Tories have even admitted will slash tens of millions of pounds of 'shared prosperity' funding to Scotland.

"With the SNP the main challenger in every Tory-held seat, we are asking Scottish voters to raise your pens, vote SNP, and do your Scottish National Service to Boot the Tories Out.

“Douglas Ross may think this a great opportunity for our young people, but the greatest opportunity they have is on 4th July when they can boot out Tory MPs by voting SNP.”

A Scottish Conservative spokesperson said: “If Anas Sarwar wants to talk about past decisions, why didn’t he dare to oppose Nicola Sturgeon in a vote of no confidence? Why did he back the SNP’s gender reforms and their Hate Crime Bill? He’s got no backbone when it matters.”

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