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04th Aug 2022

Truss trades more ‘playground insults’ as she dubs Mark Drakeford a ‘low energy Jeremy Corbyn’

Jack Peat

She took aim at the Welsh First Minister during a hustings in Cardiff 

Liz Truss shook off criticism over comments she made towards Nicola Sturgeon as she took aim at another First Minister – this time in Wales.

The Tory leadership contender blasted Mark Drakeford during a hustings in Cardiff, describing him as a “low energy Jeremy Corbyn”.

It comes after she said Scottish First Minister Ms Sturgeon was an “attention seeker” who is “best ignored” at a hustings event in Exeter on Monday.

During the event in Wales, Ms Truss said: “The fact is there are too many people in this country who are ashamed of our history, who talk our country down, who say the best days are behind us. They are completely wrong. I’m afraid one of them is Mark Drakeford.”

Referring to his decision in 2019 to scrap the M4 relief road, she added: “Whether it’s stopping the M4 relief road, whether it’s whacking a tax on our tourist industry, I will crack down on his negativity about Wales and about the United Kingdom.

“With delivering for people on the ground, with making a real difference to people’s lives, we will be able to take on the plastic patriot Sir Keir Starmer and we’ll be able to take on the low energy version of Jeremy Corbyn that is Mark Drakeford.”

Asked during the hustings if she would ignore Mr Drakeford like Ms Sturgeon, Ms Truss said: “I think it’s a very different situation in Scotland and Wales.

“Because what’s happening in Scotland is the entire resources of the Scottish Government are being used to run essentially an independence campaign, and I think that is grossly irresponsible.

“The Scottish Government are not delivering for the people of Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon is spending her time agitating for independence.”

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