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Johnson ‘panicking’ over referendum help as Westminster bolsters union-boosting employees – NewsEverything Scotland

BORIS Johnson is “panicking” about the specter of Scottish independence by beefing up union-promoting employees at Westminster, the SNP has claimed.

A number of new jobs are being marketed within the Cupboard Workplace’s Union Directorate at a value of no less than £280,000, whereas the price range for the Scotland Workplace has soared by 73 per cent since 2014. 

The elevated spending has prompted claims by the SNP that the Prime Minister is in a state of panic in regards to the rising help for leaving the union, regardless of repeatedly stating he wouldn’t grant permission for one more referendum. 

He additionally stated that he thought independence was not a precedence for almost all of Scots throughout a go to north of the border earlier this yr. 

READ MORE: Gove’s ‘union unit’ seeks new employees however information of Scotland not important

Freedom of Data (FOI) requests have revealed that the No.10 Union Unit is staffed by a crew of 4 folks, with salaries of greater than £200,000 in complete. 

Final week the previous Tory MP Luke Graham was ousted from his job on the head of the unit, and has now been changed by an apprentice of Dominic Cummings, Oliver Lewis. 

HeraldScotland: Luke Graham, Conservative candidate

Mr Graham had labored within the unit since he misplaced his seat in 2019, however is alleged to have turn out to be more and more pissed off with Mr Johnson’s insurance policies and plans for the union. 

Mr Lewis was concerned within the Vote Go away Brexit marketing campaign alongside the Prime Minister’s former chief adviser, and is alleged to have needed a “clear slate” by becoming a member of the union unit crew.

He will probably be paid between £110,000 and £114,999 per yr, whereas his particular adviser Jack Sellers is on between £57,000 and £80,000 for his position which is cut up between the Unit and the Wales Workplace. The unit additionally employs two different folks as coverage advisers. 

A separate FOI request additionally revealed that the Scotland Workplace’s communications employees have tripled in quantity between 2011 and 2019, going from 6 to 17, whereas the division’s total employees numbers have risen by 43%, from 58 to 83, in the identical interval. 

READ MORE: ‘Union unit’ to counter SNP’s Scottish independence narrative

It comes after it emerged that candidates to certainly one of 4 roles within the Cupboard workplace union directorate, answerable for sustaining the integrity of the union, didn’t need to have information of Scottish, Northern Irish or Welsh insurance policies to work there. 

Information of such areas was solely listed as “fascinating” on the adverts, prompting harsh criticism and mock from the SNP.

HeraldScotland: Deputy Leader of the SNP Stewart Hosie

The celebration’s Shadow Cupboard Workplace Minister Stewart Hosie MP stated the hovering prices on “anti-independence campaigning” have been proof that the Prime Minister was nervous about the opportunity of Scotland breaking away from the UK. 

He stated: “Boris Johnson is clearly in a panic about rising help for independence – if he’s spending thousands and thousands of kilos of taxpayers’ cash on political campaigning.

“Regardless of what they declare in public, the Tories know there will probably be an independence referendum if the folks of Scotland vote for one in Might – that is democracy.

“However the Tories are utterly clueless in the event that they arrogantly suppose a No marketing campaign run by Vote Go away Brexiteers in Westminster, with no understanding of Scotland, will persuade anybody.

“Individuals in Scotland have the appropriate to determine their very own future. The problem on the election in Might will probably be this: who has the appropriate to determine what kind of nation we must be after the pandemic – the folks of Scotland or Boris Johnson?

“Scotland’s future must be in Scotland’s fingers – not Boris Johnson’s.”

READ MORE: Disunity in No 10’s Union Unit as its head departs Downing St, say Whitehall sources

Requested why the Authorities was recruiting employees for the Union Unit, the PM’s spokesman stated: “It’s a key focus of Authorities to make sure we ship for folks throughout the UK and within the devolved administrations; that features tackling the pandemic, getting vaccines out and supporting lives and livelihoods. That’s our precedence and it’ll proceed to be so.”

Requested if the transfer to get extra employees was an indication the Authorities was panicking about the way forward for the Union, he replied: “No. As I say it stays our focus to make sure we ship for folks throughout the UK and that’s what the Union Directorate or the Union Unit will permit us to do.”

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