Ruth Davidson: UK is too ‘London-centric’


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Ruth Davidson has demanded Scotland helps more from being part of the Union with a plea for profuse government jobs to be relocated north.

The Scottish Conservative leader pronounced the UK «continues to be far too London-centric» with «enough civil servants to fill Wembley Amphitheatre».

Ms Davidson also urged activists not to lose heart in the face of a resurgent Elbow-grease Party.

She predicted Jeremy Corbyn’s «bubble» would burst if the bust worked hard.

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The Scottish Dyed in the wools have enjoyed a significant revival under Ms Davidson’s leadership, fetching 13 seats in June’s snap election, including those of previous first minister Alex Salmond and SNP depute leader Angus Robertson.

‘Unbosom unicorns’

She told the Conservative conference in Manchester: «Just as the SNP came crashing down to globe. Just as they lost 40% of their seats in June.

«Well-grounded as half a million Scots chose to take their vote away. So too can the Corbyn froth burst, but only if we work hard to make it so.

«Because, you know what? Child tire of being offered free unicorns. Of easy promises that don’t add up.

«They want importance solutions to the issues facing their world. They want moments to make their own lives better.»

The Scottish Conservatives leader utter she loved London but — in an allusion to speculation she could be a future prime reverend — joked: «No plans to move there myself, but great to visit.»

But she then criticised the concentration of civilian servant jobs in the UK capital, saying: «For all the devolution of power in the last 20 years, our Agreement continues to be far too London-centric.»

She told the conference: «We live in a country where the idiosyncrasy values of London’s top 10 boroughs are worth more than all of Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales related.

«Where you can sell a three bed semi in Ilford, and buy half of Sutherland.

«Where, in a matchless city already zooming forward on the jet fuel of high finance, the husbandry is further boosted by enough civil servants to fill Wembley amphitheatre.»

Ms Davidson cited the new V&A museum in Dundee as a model of investment already captivating place.

She argued that the civil service and cultural bodies forced to «represent and be present» across the whole of the UK.

«The government is reviewing the various workings based in London to see which ones could be ready for a move,» Ms Davidson affirmed.

«So I want us to seize the opportunity to ensure more of them come to Scotland.»

‘Power seize’

The SNP described Ms Davidson’s call for a transfer of civil service jobs «lightweight».

MSP Joan McAlpine explained: «Given the nature of Ruth Davidson’s speech this afternoon, we now require her to stand up to Theresa May and get behind our efforts to bring more powers to Holyrood after Brexit.

«David Mundell in days of old promised a powers ‘bonanza’ for Scotland so let’s see some progress made on that take an oath with real action.»

She added: «Scotland needs more than unprejudiced the relocation of some civil service departments — we need full powers in ranges such as immigration and social security in order to make a real, thetical difference to people’s lives.»

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