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Sunak says ignoring SNP would be dangerously complacent

Published1 hour agoSharecloseShare pageCopy linkAbout sharingImage source, Getty ImagesTory leadership candidate Rishi Sunak has said ignoring the SNP would be "dangerously complacent".Mr Sunak said a UK government with him as prime minister would be the most active in Scotland in decades.He has vowed to send ministers to Scotland more regularly and reform the so-called Union unit within Number 10.It comes after Mr Sunak's opponent Liz Truss said she would "ignore" Nicola Sturgeon and described the first minister as an "attention seeker".The SNP have accused Mr Sunak of not having "the faintest idea" about what people in Scotland are concerned with.The former chancellor said his future reforms would ensure "every single" government department operates UK-wide, despite key policy areas like education and health having been in the control of Holyrood since devolution in 1999.His plan also includes bolstering the Scottish Conservatives, providing a campaign manager in every seat at Holyrood elections, as well as conducting a review of the support from the central party for Douglas Ross's Scottish team.Where do the final Tory candidates stand on indyref2?No hope of election win if inflation stays - Sunak"Nicola Sturgeon and the SNP pose an existential threat to our cherished union," Mr Sunak said."Arguing that we should ignore them is dangerously complacent."We can't just bury our heads in the sand and pretend they aren't there - we need to stop them in their tracks."That's exactly what I would do as prime minister - holding the SNP to account for its failings and personally ensuring that the UK government has a laser focus on delivering for every part of our United Kingdom."Richest MPSNP MP Mhairi Black said Mr Sunak does not have "the faintest idea" what ordinary people are dealing with."Rishi Sunak is the same man who has slashed Universal Credit by over £1,000 for millions, hiked National Insurance payments and has now just admitted he wants to take public money from the areas that need it most and hand it over to the wealthier towns," she said."He has made it crystal clear that he stands for just one thing, making the rich richer and the poor poorer, and people across Scotland know this."As the richest MP in Westminster, he doesn't have the faintest idea what ordinary people in Scotland, and elsewhere, are facing daily during this Tory-made cost-of-living crisis as bills and food prices sky-rocket."Scotland hasn't voted for the Tories for more than 50 years, yet we keep getting saddled with Tory governments and Tory prime ministers who will only ever work to widen the inequalities gap and try to block Scotland's democratic right to choose its own future." More on this storyWhere do the final Tory candidates stand on indyref2?14 hours agoTruss: Best to ignore attention-seeking Sturgeon4 days ago

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Sunak says ignoring SNP would be dangerously complacent

Published1 hour agoSharecloseShare pageCopy linkAbout sharingImage source, Getty ImagesTory leadership candidate Rishi Sunak has said ignoring the SNP would be "dangerously complacent".Mr Sunak said a UK government with him as prime minister would be the most active in Scotland in decades.He has vowed to send ministers to Scotland more regularly and reform the so-called Union unit within Number 10.It comes after Mr Sunak's opponent Liz Truss said she would "ignore" Nicola Sturgeon and described the first minister as an "attention seeker".The SNP have accused Mr Sunak of not having "the faintest idea" about what people in Scotland are concerned with.The former chancellor said his future reforms would ensure "every single" government department operates UK-wide, despite key policy areas like education and health having been in the control of Holyrood since devolution in 1999.His plan also includes bolstering the Scottish Conservatives, providing a campaign manager in every seat at Holyrood elections, as well as conducting a review of the support from the central party for Douglas Ross's Scottish team.Where do the final Tory candidates stand on indyref2?No hope of election win if inflation stays - Sunak"Nicola Sturgeon and the SNP pose an existential threat to our cherished union," Mr Sunak said."Arguing that we should ignore them is dangerously complacent."We can't just bury our heads in the sand and pretend they aren't there - we need to stop them in their tracks."That's exactly what I would do as prime minister - holding the SNP to account for its failings and personally ensuring that the UK government has a laser focus on delivering for every part of our United Kingdom."Richest MPSNP MP Mhairi Black said Mr Sunak does not have "the faintest idea" what ordinary people are dealing with."Rishi Sunak is the same man who has slashed Universal Credit by over £1,000 for millions, hiked National Insurance payments and has now just admitted he wants to take public money from the areas that need it most and hand it over to the wealthier towns," she said."He has made it crystal clear that he stands for just one thing, making the rich richer and the poor poorer, and people across Scotland know this."As the richest MP in Westminster, he doesn't have the faintest idea what ordinary people in Scotland, and elsewhere, are facing daily during this Tory-made cost-of-living crisis as bills and food prices sky-rocket."Scotland hasn't voted for the Tories for more than 50 years, yet we keep getting saddled with Tory governments and Tory prime ministers who will only ever work to widen the inequalities gap and try to block Scotland's democratic right to choose its own future." More on this storyWhere do the final Tory candidates stand on indyref2?14 hours agoTruss: Best to ignore attention-seeking Sturgeon4 days ago

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Chesterfield crash: Five injured as vehicle smashes into building

Published1 hour agoSharecloseShare pageCopy linkAbout sharingFive people have been injured when a vehicle crashed into a food hall in Derbyshire.Emergency services were called to the Batch House food hall in Sheffield Road, in Chesterfield, just before 20:30 BST on Friday.A spokesperson for the venue said a number of customers were "seriously injured" in the incident.Derbyshire Police said that "following early enquiries officers do not believe it was a deliberate act".The Batch House - a venue for a number of food and drink sellers - put out a statement saying it would be closed on Saturday.It added: "Last night, a car left the road collided into the rear of our building. "This was a major incident with several of our customers seriously injured. Today our main priority are these customers."Emergency services, including the air ambulance, were at the scene opposite the Technique Stadium overnight and the road has been closed.Police said those hurt included the vehicle driver and one person had been taken to hospital.Officers have appealed for witnesses, especially anyone with dashcam footage to come forward.Follow BBC East Midlands on Facebook, on Twitter, or on Instagram. Send your story ideas to [email protected] Internet LinksDerbyshire ConstabularyThe BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites.

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Chesterfield crash: Five injured as vehicle smashes into building

Published1 hour agoSharecloseShare pageCopy linkAbout sharingFive people have been injured when a vehicle crashed into a food hall in Derbyshire.Emergency services were called to the Batch House food hall in Sheffield Road, in Chesterfield, just before 20:30 BST on Friday.A spokesperson for the venue said a number of customers were "seriously injured" in the incident.Derbyshire Police said that "following early enquiries officers do not believe it was a deliberate act".The Batch House - a venue for a number of food and drink sellers - put out a statement saying it would be closed on Saturday.It added: "Last night, a car left the road collided into the rear of our building. "This was a major incident with several of our customers seriously injured. Today our main priority are these customers."Emergency services, including the air ambulance, were at the scene opposite the Technique Stadium overnight and the road has been closed.Police said those hurt included the vehicle driver and one person had been taken to hospital.Officers have appealed for witnesses, especially anyone with dashcam footage to come forward.Follow BBC East Midlands on Facebook, on Twitter, or on Instagram. Send your story ideas to [email protected] Internet LinksDerbyshire ConstabularyThe BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites.

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Commonwealth Games: Handsworth’s multi-cultural celebrations

Published13 minutes agoSharecloseShare pageCopy linkAbout sharingSince 1888 Handsworth Park has provided residents in one of Birmingham's most multi-cultural communities with a place to meet, relax and exercise.This weekend, the park - just three miles from the Commonwealth Games athletics venue at Alexander Stadium in Perry Barr - was home to a Birmingham 2022 Neighbourhood Festival on Friday and Saturday.The park is one of seven sites across the city where events have been held for residents while the sporting action takes place in front of a giant global TV audience.At the entrance to the park, a vibrant mural has been created to celebrate an important part of the neighbourhood's cultural history."We wanted to look at how artwork can have a positive impact on the rest of our community in Handsworth and Birmingham and beyond," said Canaan Brown, of Black Heritage Walks."This was an example of one of those works, focusing on what we've called reggae royalty, looking at Birmingham's history of reggae - the successful artists that have come through Birmingham and its cultural scene."Born in Jamaica in 1951, celebrated photographer Vanley Burke moved to Birmingham in 1965 armed with a camera given to him by his grandmother for his 10th birthday. He started photographing daily life in the community around him in 1967 and has continued to the present day."We were looking at home, and what home means to people," Mr Burke said."This is a continuation of that. What does back home mean for an individual? For some it's overseas, for others West Brom or Dudley."I'm very pleased with the presentation of the work. I like the intimacy of it and I like the way it's been framed."Mr Burke described Handsworth Park as the "garden and front room of the community".Aside from art and cultural events at the park, visitors were also invited to take part in sport, with local hockey club Barford Tigers, which was established in 1966 and runs seven teams, looking to inspire a new generation of players.Vice chairman Inderjit Sathi said: "We've had a lot of interest. Some of the kids here have been playing for an hour or so."Hockey at the Commonwealth Games has been based at the University of Birmingham, but Mr Sathi said he would have liked to have seen more focus on the sport in other areas of Birmingham this summer.Captain Charn Gill said: "Today's great. We've had hundreds of children come through who pretty much all have never tried the sport before."They've seen it on the TV and said 'oh hockey, I want to give it a go'. We've taught them a couple of basic skills and then let them get into a game."They seem to be loving it and want to know more."The Handsworth Park festival also offered performers the opportunity to showcase their work in public."We didn't want to miss this opportunity and we're feeling really privileged to be here," said Rupa Nathwani-Patel, from Mansha Dance School."We're all mums so it's been quite tough balancing everything as you can imagine, but with lots of support from friends and family, we really wanted to come together and perform as a group for the first time."The final neighbourhood festival takes place in Ward End Park on Sunday and Monday.Follow BBC West Midlands on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Send your story ideas to: [email protected] on this storyPedal power wows Wolverhampton cycling fans1 day ago'We've never seen such a big event here'2 days agoPhotographs put mixed heritage residents in focus3 days agoCommonwealth Games celebrations at water's edge4 days agoThe spa town banking on a Commonwealth Games boost5 days agoWelsh fans turn Birmingham red on marathon day6 days agoGames bull still centre stage but future uncertain29 JulyVibrant colours transform city centre landmarks27 July

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