We are ‘one peo­ple’, May in­sists in plea to scots

Prime Min­is­ter urges vot­ers to ‘come with me as I lead Bri­tain’

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Prime Min­is­ter Theresa May has said Bri­tons are “one peo­ple” at heart, as she urged Scots to back the Con­ser­va­tives in the gen­eral elec­tion.

She pledged to de­liver for the whole of the United King­dom if voted into power on June 8.

With re­cent elec­tions show­ing Scots com­ing back to the Con­ser­va­tives, she told vot­ers: “Come with me as I lead Bri­tain.

“Strengthen my hand as I fight to strengthen our union.”

The PM was speak­ing af­ter her party’s Scot­tish leader, Ruth David­son, made a di­rect pitch to Labour vot­ers dis­il­lu­sioned un­der the lead­er­ship of Jeremy Cor­byn.

“Let me do a job for you,” said Ms David­son.

Mrs May told Scots it is time to leave be­hind the “old tribal politics”.

She urged peo­ple not to think about who they voted for in the past, call­ing on them to in­stead con­sider “who you want to lead our coun­try in the fu­ture, who will get the best deal for the whole of the UK from Brexit”.

She added: “It is time to come to­gether in the na­tional in­ter­est, united in our de­sire to make a suc­cess of Brexit.”

Scots voted by a mar­gin of 62% to 38% to re­main in the Euro­pean Union last June – a re­sult which led Scot­land’s First Min­is­ter Ni­cola Stur­geon to call for a sec­ond vote on in­de­pen­dence.

Mrs May said: “I have been clear that now is not the time for another in­de­pen­dence ref­er­en­dum.

“This is a time to pull to­gether, not apart.

“A vote for any other party is a vote to weaken our union, to weaken our ne­go­ti­at­ing hand in Europe and to put our fu­ture pros­per­ity and se­cu­rity at risk.”

She claimed that Mr Cor­byn’s state­ment that a sec­ond in­de­pen­dence ref­er­en­dum would be “ab­so­lutely fine” showed he is “too weak” to stand up for the United King­dom.

Speak­ing to ac­tivists in Ed­in­burgh, Mrs May also warned that de­pend­ing on the re­sults of the gen­eral elec­tion, the Labour leader could be “propped up by the Scot­tish na­tion­al­ists”.

The Prime Min­is­ter told vot­ers north of the bor­der: “A vote for me and my team is a vote for strong and sta­ble lead­er­ship.

“Ev­ery vote for me and my team will strengthen my hand in the ne­go­ti­a­tions to come.

“Ev­ery vote will help me get a bet­ter deal for the whole United King­dom.

“And ev­ery vote from Scot­land will strengthen my hand when I stand up for our United King­dom here at home.”

She in­sisted “only the Con­ser­va­tive and Union­ist Party has the strength and cred­i­bil­ity to stand up to the na­tion­al­ists and de­fend our United King­dom”.

Mrs May was speak­ing at the launch of the Scot­tish Con­ser­va­tives’ man­i­festo, which came a day af­ter she un­veiled the party’s gen­eral elec­tion blue­print for the UK as a whole.

That in­cluded a pledge to de­liver a “strong and sta­ble Union, with no di­vi­sive Scot­tish ref­er­en­dum at this time”.

The Tories in Scot­land are see­ing their pop­u­lar­ity grow, with the party now ahead of Labour north of the bor­der.

Pic­ture: PA.

Prime Min­is­ter Theresa May, right, was speak­ing yes­ter­day af­ter her party’s Scot­tish leader, Ruth David­son, made a di­rect pitch to Labour vot­ers.

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