The Prime Minister will tomorrow visit Scotland after telling his cabinet they should visit the country more amid concerns they are lacking representation. The visit will be his first to Scotland since the general election in December and there are no plans to visit Nicola Sturgeon.
During his visit tomorrow, he will meet with businesses hit by the pandemic, those working in green energy, and military personnel to thank them for their efforts in the response to coronavirus.
Mr Johnson will also pledge £50 million for Orkney, Shetland and the Western Isles to develop the economy of the islands as part of a growth deal.
Ahead of the visit, the Prime Minister said: “When I stood on the steps of Downing Street one year ago, I pledged to be a Prime Minister for every corner of the United Kingdom.
“Whether you are from East Kilbride or Dumfries, Motherwell or Paisley, I promised to level up across Britain and close the opportunity gap.
“The last six months have shown exactly why the historic and heartfelt bond that ties the four nations of our country together is so important and the sheer might of our Union has been proven once again.”
Whitehall sources told Express.co.uk the government was “closely watching” the increased support for Scottish independence with the latest survey showing that 54 percent of respondents would like to see Scotland split from the UK.
Express.co.uk has also learnt that Lord McInnes of Kilwinning, the Scottish Tories director, also presented polling results which revealed the SNP were on course to achieve a majority government in next year’s Holyrood election which the cabinet were “concerned by”.
Mr Johnson, added: “The UK Treasury stepped in to save the jobs of a third of Scotland’s entire workforce and kept the wolves at bay for tens of thousands of Scottish businesses.
“Just like his notorious Brexit referendum pledge for £350m a week for the NHS, Boris Johnson has shown that his promises are not worth the paper they are written on.
“It’s never been clearer that decisions about Scotland should be taken by the people who live here – not an out of touch Tory Westminster government.”
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, who turned 50 on Sunday, also joked about the visit saying on Twitter on Sunday: “Nice of Boris to send me a birthday pressie.”
At the same time Westminster announced funding for the Scottish Islands, Holyrood also came out and offered £50 million.
Transport Secretary Michael Matheson said the funding will help the islands to recover from the pandemic and improve economic growth, including in the creation of tourist destinations and low-carbon energy.
He added: “This significant investment will support islanders’ ambitions to create world-class visitor destinations, lead the way to a low-carbon future, support growth and future industries and help the communities thrive by attracting and retaining young talent, driving inclusive and sustainable economic growth and delivering long-lasting benefits for people living across the three island authority areas.”
It comes after the Tories established the Conservative Union Research Group (CURG), a new lobby group for the Union as part of new efforts to ensure that the Union is kept at the centre of Parliament and Government policy.
The group was established by Aberconwy MP Robin Millar and is supported by 30 MPs from Wales, Scotland or north of England, and aims to ensure the Union is at the heart of government.
Published at Wed, 22 Jul 2020 22:30:00 +0000