Labor says Liz Truss’ plans to cut Whitehall waste ‘a recipe for leveling down’ – UK politics live | Politics

Scotland’s deputy first minister, John Swinney, said comments about Nicola Sturgeon by Liz Truss are “deeply troubling and concerning”.

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People in Scotland, “whatever their politics, will be absolutely horrified by the obnoxious remarks that Liz Truss has made”, Swinney told the BBC.

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Swinney told BBC’s Good Morning Scotland:

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n

Nicola Sturgeon has far more democratic legitimacy than Liz Truss is going to have if she becomes the prime minister, and I think Liz Truss has absolutely no right or foundation to make these remarks.

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Scotland’s health secretary, Humza Yousaf, described Truss’ comments as “petty jibes” but warned she was carrying out an “all-out assault on devolution”.

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Lorna Slater, co-leader of the Scottish Greens, said Truss has shown “total disrespect” to the first minister and “a contempt for everyone that voted for a pro-independence majority of MSPs in last year’s election”.

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Slater added:

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n

She knows that the democratic case for a referendum is unanswerable, so she would rather patronise us and ignore us.

n

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Liz Truss and her allies have received some backlash for comments made against Scotland’s first minister, Nicola Sturgeon, which could further strain the relationship between Westminster and Holyrood if the Tory leadership hopeful becomes the next prime minister.

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At last night’s leadership hustings, Truss labelled Sturgeon an “attention-seeker” who should be ignored as she rejected the idea of another independence referendum.

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Truss said:

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n

What we need to do is show the people of Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales what we’re delivering for them and making sure that all of our Government policies apply right across the United Kingdom.

n

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Truss’s ally and Brexit opportunities minister, Jacob Rees-Mogg, doubled down on the attack this morning and said the Scottish National Party leader is “always moaning”.

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Rees-Mogg said:

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n

When she’s waffling on endlessly about having a referendum and going to the Supreme Court and all of this, we need to be saying ‘Hold on – you’re doing this because you’re failing to deliver for the people of Scotland, and the United Kingdom Government will have to deliver for the people of Scotland as well’.

n

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Good morning. Plans by Liz Truss, the foreign secretary and Tory leadership hopeful, to save billions a year with civil service cuts have been described as “ludicrous” and “a fantasy recipe for levelling down”.

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Truss has vowed to cut civil service salaries and reduce expenditure to recoup £11bn a year in a “war on Whitehall waste” if she becomes prime minister.

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In her announcement on Monday night, Truss revealed plans to move more civil servants out of London and to link their pay to living standards where they work. She also presented plans to slash civil service holiday entitlements.

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Truss also promised to “tackle left-wing groupthink in government” and to scrap diversity and inclusion jobs, saying they “distract from delivering on the British people’s priorities”.

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Truss said:

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n

As prime minister I will run a leaner, more efficient, more focused Whitehall that prioritises the things that really matter to people and is laser-focused on frontline services.

n

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There is “too much bureaucracy and stale groupthink” in Whitehall, she added.

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But her campaign, which received another boost with the backing of Penny Mordaunt on Monday, was forced to redo some of its sums within hours of releasing a series of proposals to reduce the cost of the civil service.

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Labour’s deputy leader, Angela Rayner, said Truss’s plans showed the Conservative government’s “commitment to levelling up is dead”. It would also reduce “the pay of Northerners, worsening the divide which already exists”, she added.

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Rayner said:

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n

Liz Truss is declaring war on herself with her fantasy recipe for levelling down.

n

This wannabe prime minister is stuck in the past, fighting old battles, and promising a race to the bottom on public sector workers’ pay and rights.

n

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Trade unions and policy experts condemned the plans as unworkable and said Truss had dramatically exaggerated the potential savings that she claimed would amount to £11bn a year.

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Alex Thomas, programme director at the Institute for Government, said:

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n

The whole Civil Service pay bill is only about 9 billion. You’re not going to reduce the Civil Service pay bill to 200 million unless you pretty radically reshape the state.

n

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He argued the “complicated and controversial” move would mean nurses and teachers being paid less or receiving slower pay rises than others, adding:

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n

This is not war on Whitehall, it’s more like war on Workington.

n

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Dave Penman, head of the FDA union, which represents senior civil servants, accused Truss of recycling “failed policies and tired rhetoric from the 1980s”.

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He described her plan as out of the “P&O Ferries playbook” which would lead to cuts to “pay, terms and conditions”.

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PCS general secretary Mark Serwotka warned Truss to expect opposition “every step of the way” if she becomes prime minister.

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He said:

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n

Civil servants are not a political tool to be used and abused for one person’s ambition; they are the hard-working people who keep the country running, day in day out, and they deserve respect.

n

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Here is the agenda for the day.

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9.30am: The Insolvency Service releases their quarterly insolvency figures

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11:00am: The National Institute of Economic and Social Research releases their quarterly forecast

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Morning: Liz Truss visits Devon ahead of another round of hustings

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I’ll be covering for Andrew Sparrow today. Do drop me a line if you have any questions or think I’ve missed anything. My email is [email protected] or you can reach me on Twitter.

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Key events

Scotland’s deputy first minister, John Swinney, said comments about Nicola Sturgeon by Liz Truss are “deeply troubling and concerning”.

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People in Scotland, “whatever their politics, will be absolutely horrified by the obnoxious remarks that Liz Truss has made”, Swinney told the BBC.

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Swinney told BBC’s Good Morning Scotland:

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n

Nicola Sturgeon has far more democratic legitimacy than Liz Truss is going to have if she becomes the prime minister, and I think Liz Truss has absolutely no right or foundation to make these remarks.

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Scotland’s health secretary, Humza Yousaf, described Truss’ comments as “petty jibes” but warned she was carrying out an “all-out assault on devolution”.

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Lorna Slater, co-leader of the Scottish Greens, said Truss has shown “total disrespect” to the first minister and “a contempt for everyone that voted for a pro-independence majority of MSPs in last year’s election”.

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Slater added:

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n

She knows that the democratic case for a referendum is unanswerable, so she would rather patronise us and ignore us.

n

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Liz Truss and her allies have received some backlash for comments made against Scotland’s first minister, Nicola Sturgeon, which could further strain the relationship between Westminster and Holyrood if the Tory leadership hopeful becomes the next prime minister.

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At last night’s leadership hustings, Truss labelled Sturgeon an “attention-seeker” who should be ignored as she rejected the idea of another independence referendum.

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Truss said:

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n

What we need to do is show the people of Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales what we’re delivering for them and making sure that all of our Government policies apply right across the United Kingdom.

n

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Truss’s ally and Brexit opportunities minister, Jacob Rees-Mogg, doubled down on the attack this morning and said the Scottish National Party leader is “always moaning”.

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Rees-Mogg said:

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n

When she’s waffling on endlessly about having a referendum and going to the Supreme Court and all of this, we need to be saying ‘Hold on – you’re doing this because you’re failing to deliver for the people of Scotland, and the United Kingdom Government will have to deliver for the people of Scotland as well’.

n

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Good morning. Plans by Liz Truss, the foreign secretary and Tory leadership hopeful, to save billions a year with civil service cuts have been described as “ludicrous” and “a fantasy recipe for levelling down”.

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Truss has vowed to cut civil service salaries and reduce expenditure to recoup £11bn a year in a “war on Whitehall waste” if she becomes prime minister.

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In her announcement on Monday night, Truss revealed plans to move more civil servants out of London and to link their pay to living standards where they work. She also presented plans to slash civil service holiday entitlements.

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Truss also promised to “tackle left-wing groupthink in government” and to scrap diversity and inclusion jobs, saying they “distract from delivering on the British people’s priorities”.

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Truss said:

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n

As prime minister I will run a leaner, more efficient, more focused Whitehall that prioritises the things that really matter to people and is laser-focused on frontline services.

n

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There is “too much bureaucracy and stale groupthink” in Whitehall, she added.

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But her campaign, which received another boost with the backing of Penny Mordaunt on Monday, was forced to redo some of its sums within hours of releasing a series of proposals to reduce the cost of the civil service.

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Labour’s deputy leader, Angela Rayner, said Truss’s plans showed the Conservative government’s “commitment to levelling up is dead”. It would also reduce “the pay of Northerners, worsening the divide which already exists”, she added.

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Rayner said:

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n

Liz Truss is declaring war on herself with her fantasy recipe for levelling down.

n

This wannabe prime minister is stuck in the past, fighting old battles, and promising a race to the bottom on public sector workers’ pay and rights.

n

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Trade unions and policy experts condemned the plans as unworkable and said Truss had dramatically exaggerated the potential savings that she claimed would amount to £11bn a year.

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Alex Thomas, programme director at the Institute for Government, said:

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n

The whole Civil Service pay bill is only about 9 billion. You’re not going to reduce the Civil Service pay bill to 200 million unless you pretty radically reshape the state.

n

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He argued the “complicated and controversial” move would mean nurses and teachers being paid less or receiving slower pay rises than others, adding:

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n

This is not war on Whitehall, it’s more like war on Workington.

n

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Dave Penman, head of the FDA union, which represents senior civil servants, accused Truss of recycling “failed policies and tired rhetoric from the 1980s”.

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He described her plan as out of the “P&O Ferries playbook” which would lead to cuts to “pay, terms and conditions”.

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PCS general secretary Mark Serwotka warned Truss to expect opposition “every step of the way” if she becomes prime minister.

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He said:

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n

Civil servants are not a political tool to be used and abused for one person’s ambition; they are the hard-working people who keep the country running, day in day out, and they deserve respect.

n

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Here is the agenda for the day.

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9.30am: The Insolvency Service releases their quarterly insolvency figures

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11:00am: The National Institute of Economic and Social Research releases their quarterly forecast

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Morning: Liz Truss visits Devon ahead of another round of hustings

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I’ll be covering for Andrew Sparrow today. Do drop me a line if you have any questions or think I’ve missed anything. My email is [email protected] or you can reach me on Twitter.

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Truss comments on Sturgeon ‘deeply troubling’ and shows ‘total disrespect’

Scotland’s Deputy First Minister, John Swinneysaid comments about Nicola Sturgeon would Liz Truss are “deeply troubling and concerning”.

People in Scotland, “whatever their politics, will be absolutely horrified by the obnoxious remarks that Liz Truss has made”, Swinney told the BBC.

Swinney told the BBC’s Good Morning Scotland:

Nicola Sturgeon has far more democratic legitimacy than Liz Truss is going to have if she becomes the prime minister, and I think Liz Truss has absolutely no right or foundation to make these remarks.

Scotland’s health secretary, Humza Yousaf, described Truss’ comments as “petty jibes” but warned she was carrying out an “all-out assault on devolution”.

Lorna Slater, co-leader of the Scottish Greens, said Truss has shown “total disrespect” to the first minister and “a contempt for everyone that voted for a pro-independence majority of MSPs in last year’s election”.

Slater added:

She knows that the democratic case for a referendum is unanswerable, so she would rather patronize us and ignore us.

Truss and allies launch attack on ‘always moaning’ Sturgeon

Liz Truss and her allies have received some backlash for comments made against Scotland’s first minister, Nicola Sturgeonwhich could further strain the relationship between Westminster and Holyrood if the Tory leadership hopeful becomes the next prime minister.

At last night’s leadership hustings, Truss labeled Sturgeon an “attention-seeker” who should be ignored as she rejected the idea of ​​another independence referendum.

Truss said:

What we need to do is show the people of Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales what we’re delivering for them and making sure that all of our Government policies apply right across the United Kingdom.

Truss’s ally and Brexit opportunities minister, Jacob Rees-Moggdoubled down on the attack this morning and said the Scottish National Party leader is “always moaning”.

Rees-Mogg said:

When she’s waffling on endlessly about having a referendum and going to the Supreme Court and all of this, we need to be saying ‘Hold on – you’re doing this because you’re failing to deliver for the people of Scotland, and the United Kingdom Government will have to deliver for the people of Scotland as well’.

Labor calls Liz Truss’ £11bn ‘war on Whitehall waste’ a ‘fantasy’

Good morning. Plans would Liz Trussthe foreign secretary and Tory leadership hopeful, to save billions a year with civil service cuts have been described as “ludicrous” and “a fantasy recipe for leveling down”.

Truss has vowed to cut civil service salaries and reduce expenditure to recoup £11bn a year in a “war on Whitehall waste” if she becomes prime minister.

In her announcement on Monday night, Truss revealed plans to move more civil servants out of London and to link their pay to living standards where they work. She also presented plans to slash civil service holiday entitlements.

Truss also promised to “tackle left-wing groupthink in government” and to scrap diversity and inclusion jobs, saying they “distract from delivering on the British people’s priorities”.

Truss said:

As prime minister I will run a leaner, more efficient, more focused Whitehall that prioritizes the things that really matter to people and is laser-focused on frontline services.

There is “too much bureaucracy and stale groupthink” in Whitehall, she added.

But her campaign, which received another boost with the backing of Penny Mordaunt on Monday, was forced to redo some of its sums within hours of releasing a series of proposals to reduce the cost of the civil service.

Labour’s deputy leader, Angela Rayner, said Truss’s plans showed the Conservative government’s “commitment to leveling up is dead”. It would also reduce “the pay of Northerners, worsening the divide which already exists”, she added.

Rayner said:

Liz Truss is declaring war on herself with her fantasy recipe for leveling down.

This wannabe prime minister is stuck in the past, fighting old battles, and promising a race to the bottom on public sector workers’ pay and rights.

Trade unions and political experts condemned the plans as unworkable and said Truss had dramatically exaggerated the potential savings that she claimed would amount to £11bn a year.

Alex Thomas, program director at the Institute for Government, said:

The entire Civil Service pay bill is only about 9 billion. You’re not going to reduce the Civil Service pay bill to 200 million unless you pretty radically reshape the state.

He argued the “complicated and controversial” move would mean nurses and teachers being paid less or receiving slower pay rises than others, adding:

This is not war on Whitehall, it’s more like war on Workington.

Dave Penman, head of the FDA union, which represents senior civil servants, accused Truss of recycling “failed policies and tired rhetoric from the 1980s”.

He described her plan as out of the “P&O Ferries playbook” which would lead to cuts to “pay, terms and conditions”.

PCS general secretary Mark Serwotka warned Truss to expect opposition “every step of the way” if she becomes prime minister.

He said:

Civil servants are not a political tool to be used and abused for one person’s ambition; they are the hard-working people who keep the country running, day in day out, and they deserve respect.

Here is the agenda for the day.

9.30am: The Insolvency Service releases their quarterly insolvency figures

11:00am: The National Institute of Economic and Social Research releases their quarterly forecast

Morning: Liz Truss visits Devon ahead of another round of hustings

I’ll be covering for Andrew Sparrow today. Do drop me a line if you have any questions or think I’ve missed anything. My email is [email protected] or you can reach me on Twitter.

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