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Truss and I need to put aside our differences and work together

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Nicola Sturgeon has called on new Prime Minister Liz Truss to put aside their political differences as she admits she is ‘encouraged’ by some of the touted cost-of-living plans.

The Scottish First Minister said there was currently no date on the agenda for a face-to-face meeting with the new Prime Minister – but said Ms Truss was welcome at Bute House ‘when she does. wish” for a discussion.

Speaking on ITV’s Lorraine programme, Ms Sturgeon said: ‘We need to discuss important and very important issues. We have deep political differences. I think we can take that as read.

“But we have a responsibility and a duty to the people we serve to work together to find ways to get through the cost of living crisis.

“I am ready to work constructively with Liz Truss, despite the differences we have.”

New Prime Minister Liz Truss is expected to announce cost-of-living assistance in the House of Commons on Thursday (Stefan Rousseau/PA)

The relationship between the two leaders has become a key point in the Tory leadership debate as Ms Truss called the Prime Minister an ‘attention seeker’ who should be ‘ignored’.

But Ms Sturgeon has now said she is ready to take the Prime Minister ‘as I find her’ as she hints she will leave her troubles in the past.

She said: ‘We are both in great positions of responsibility at the time of the most serious crisis that most of us, certainly one of us, can remember, so we have to try to work together.

The Prime Minister added: ‘We need to put that aside to make sure we do everything we can in our different spheres of responsibility to help people in times of real crisis and real need.

The new Prime Minister has said a series of measures to help tackle the cost crisis and soaring energy bills will be announced in the Commons on Thursday.

And Ms Sturgeon said she was “encouraged” by “some speculation” about the measures, which include a possible freeze on energy bills.

However, his comments come as the Prime Minister questioned Ms Truss’ judgment over some of his ministerial appointments.

She told reporters in Edinburgh: “It looks like only the Prime Minister’s own supporters are in Cabinet. There does not appear to be any attempt to reach out to his party.

“It’s more up to his party to think about it, but if it’s an all-talented Cabinet, that’s a big question.”

She added: “Any Prime Minister who puts Jacob Rees-Mogg in charge of energy and therefore by definition in charge of some of the big decisions that will guide the UK’s response to the climate emergency must have a big question mark over his judgement.”