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Whitehall departments a policy “of devolving and forgetting”, and not considering how public money can be spent across the UK, Scottish Conservative leader Douglas Ross has said.

Mr Ross – who raised his concerns in a speech on Saturday – told Sky News’ Sophy Ridge he wanted “to make people look in the mirror and have a long, hard look at themselves to see if they are doing enough to strengthen the Union”.

The comments will be seen as a thinly veiled rebuke to Boris Johnson, who took the title of Minister for the Union when he became PM.

Mr Ross told Sophy Ridge on Sky News: “It’s an attitude, it’s a feeling that the pattern of funding, significant funding through this Covid pandemic, £6.5 billion from the UK government to the Scottish government and then we forget.

“We need to do more to remember that Scotland has two governments and the UK government and the Scottish government should work together more to benefit communities right across the country.”

Mr Ross – who raised his concerns in a speech on Saturday – said he wanted “to make people look in the mirror and have a long, hard look at themselves to see if they are doing enough to strengthen the Union”.

“I include the London media and the commentariat, who also seem to be writing this up as if Scotland somehow will become independent soon but they don’t look at the SNPs record – 13 years in power here in Scotland and our education system and standards are going backwards.”

On Mr Johnson’s commitment to the Union, he said: “I think the Prime Minister would also accept that his government and successive governments have not done enough to strengthen the case for the Union.”

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