Liz Truss says Mark Drakeford is a 'low-energy Jeremy Corbyn'

Liz Truss brands Welsh Labour First Minister Mark Drakeford a ‘low-energy version of Jeremy Corbyn’ days after picking a fight with ‘attention-seeking’ Scottish leader Nicola Sturgeon during campaign to become UK prime minister

  • Made the jibe at as she appeared at a Tory leadership hustings in Cardiff
  • He leads a Labour administration in Cardiff which has clashed with the Tories 
  • Earlier this week Ms Truss branded his Scottish counterpart an ‘attention seeker’
  • Sparked fury with the SNP who said they and the Scottish people were ‘insulted’ 

Liz Truss tonight mocked Welsh First Minister Mark Drakeford as a ‘low-energy version of Jeremy Corbyn’ tonight, days after picking a fight with Scottish leader Nicola Sturgeon.

She made the jibe at the softly-spoken premier as she appeared at a Tory leadership hustings in Cardiff.

Mr Drakeford leads a Labour administration in Cardiff which has clashed with the Tories in Westminster over issues including the Covid lockdowns and economic recovery. 

She criticised him for blocking an M4 relief road and his tax plans. 

Earlier this week Ms Truss branded his Scottish counterpart an ‘attention seeker’ – sparking fury with the SNP who said they and the Scottish people were ‘insulted’ and ‘absolutely horrified’. 

At an Exeter hustings she described herself as ‘a child of the Union’, adding: ‘We’re better together and I think the best thing to do with Nicola Sturgeon is to ignore her.

‘I’m sorry, she’s an attention seeker, that’s all she is. What we need to do is show the people of Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales what we are delivering for them and make sure our policies are delivering for them right across the United Kingdom.’  

Mr Drakeford leads a Labour administration in Cardiff which has clashed with the Tories in Westminster over issues including the Covid lockdowns and economic recovery.

She made the jibe at the softly-spoken premier as she appeared at a Tory leadership hustings in Cardiff.

She branded the First Minister an ‘attention seeker’ and said the best thing to do was ‘ignore her’ – sparking fury with the SNP

Ms Truss, who grew up in Paisley, added: ‘Nicola Sturgeon can carry on talking about an independence referendum – we had the referendum in 2014 it was agreed it was once in a generation – so we’ve got to call her out on that but, at the same time, really delivering for Scotland. So some of the policies I’m talking about – the investment zones, the free ports – we need to make sure they’re delivered in Scotland too.’

Lorna Slater, co-leader of the Scottish Greens, said Liz Truss has shown ‘total disrespect’ to First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and ‘a contempt for everyone that voted for a pro-independence majority of MSPs in last year’s election’.

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

‘Neither Truss nor (Rishi) Sunak would offer the fresh start that we need. They have both backed every single disastrous policy that (Boris) Johnson has implemented.

‘They supported his failed Brexit deal and the Universal Credit cuts that plunged thousands of people into poverty.

‘They are both happy to let the oil and gas companies rake in record profits while millions of people are suffering.’

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