Boris Johnson faces pressure to recall Parliament over the deepening cost of living crisis.
The Prime Minister and the Chancellor were criticised last week for being “missing in action” as the Bank of England warned of skyrocketing inflation and a recession.
Ian Blackford today demands Mr Johnson recalls Parliament “immediately” so MPs can debate how best to support people through this cost-of-living crisis.
The SNP Westminster leader accused the outgoing PM of neglecting his duties as he is “on his way out”.
Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng said he expects an emergency budget from the next PM to contain measures to help people.
But this is not expected for at least another month.
Mr Blackford said: “Every day people are waking up to warnings that the Tory-made cost-of-living crisis is spiralling out of control – with each report more worrying than the last. Yet the UK Prime Minister is missing in action.
“Boris Johnson might be on his way out – and rightly so – but for now he is still the Prime Minister, with duties to protect the people who live here. He must come out of hiding and recall Parliament immediately so MPs can get around the table to figure out how best to support people through this cost-of-living crisis.
“If Boris Johnson will not do the right thing by recalling Parliament and bringing in further targeted support for those being hit the hardest by this crisis, then he must immediately devolve the powers to Holyrood so we can help people in Scotland.”
Tory minister Mr Kwarteng said “I don’t know where Boris is”, but claimed people would not begrudge the outgoing Prime Minister having a honeymoon, adding that he is in “regular contact” with Mr Johnson.
Interest rates were increased from 1.25% to 1.75%, the biggest increase for 27 years, while the Bank also forecast that inflation could peak at 13.3%.
The House of Commons will sit from September 5 until September 22 before stopping for a month, meaning the new administration will have to work quickly to pull together an emergency budget before the party conference recess.
CBI director-general Tony Danker said last week: “I have no problem with people having short holidays.
“My fear is much more profound, which is that there will be a vacuum from now until September 5.
“We need the current Prime Minister and the current Chancellor to fill that vacuum. We need them to make decisions.
“We need them to make plans. We need them to reassure firms, markets and households that we are gripping this.
“We cannot wait until September 5 for action. We cannot wait until September 5 for plans and we cannot wait until September 5 for reassurance.”