Ruth Davidson is the face of a ‘xenophobic’ and ‘toxic’ Tory Party, Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale said today. Speaking after keynote speeches to the Conservative Party conference from Ms Davidson and Theresa May, Ms Dugdale accused the Tories of ‘morphing into UKIP’. This comes after Home Secretary Amber Rudd said companies will be forced to reveal how many migrant workers they employ.

Kezia Dugdale said:

“This week’s Tory conference will go down as one of the most disgusting spectacles in recent political history.

Just because UKIP has created a leadership vacancy, it does not mean that Theresa May should try to fill it. The Tories appear to be morphing into UKIP. The chilling suggestion that firms should be forced to reveal how many migrant workers they employ shows just how xenophobic and vindictive the modern Tory Party has become.

Scottish Labour is clear – this is not the Britain we want to see.

Ruth Davidson’s speech shows that she was clearly embarrassed by the comments from her colleagues, but was still prepared to be the warm-up act for Theresa May. She is the face of a Conservative Party that is rotten to its core – a xenophobic and toxic party.

This week’s conference has proved that we need a strong Labour Party to fight the Tories’ toxic plans and deliver real change for the people of the Scotland and the UK.”

On Ruth Davidson’s comments about a second independence referendum, Shadow Scottish Secretary Dave Anderson MP said:

“Ruth Davidson’s party has caused as much division as the SNP has. It is the Tories who pushed through English Votes for English Laws (EVEL), ran a General Election campaign that was designed to split the Scots and the English, and completely failed to plan for Brexit.

Labour is firmly opposed to a second independence referendum. While the SNP and the Tories are obsessed with the arguments of the past, it is only Labour that has a plan to face the challenges of the future.”