SNP candidate for North Ayrshire, Patricia Gibson has described Theresa May as ‘weak and wobbly’ following the Prime Minister’s recent u-turn on social care costs.

Mrs Gibson said: “This is an utter humiliation for Theresa May, and the U-turn betrays the reality of the Tory leadership – that of a weak and wobbling Prime Minister.

“Just four days after launching their manifesto, Mrs May has crumbled under criticism and announced this embarrassing volte-face.

“This u-turn follows the climb down over National Insurance policy in the last Budget. So the question now is what else is set to be ditched from an unravelling manifesto, by a Tory party which is clearly in panic?

“The manifesto policy on care costs has clearly bombed with voters on the doorsteps. And older people are right to be horrified by the Tories’ attacks on pensioner incomes – while cutting taxes for the rich, the Conservatives want to slash winter fuel payments and are refusing to guarantee fair state pension increases by abandoning the Triple lock.

“The more this campaign continues, the more the Tory mask slips and the more we see the cruel consequences of their policies. No wonder the Prime Minister is afraid to face the voters.

“On 8th June, the people of Scotland have a chance to elect strong SNP voices who will continue to stand up for Scotland’s pensioners – protecting free personal care for the elderly, supporting the triple-lock on pensions and protecting winter fuel payments.

“Now more than ever, it is vital that we have strong SNP voices standing up for Scotland at Westminster.”

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