Scottish political leaders have called for a General Election, following Liz Truss announcing her resignation.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and Scottish Labour leader Anas Sarwar both said the people should now be given the choice of who governs the UK.

There will be an internal Conservative contest to choose the next leader, with the result to be revealed in a week’s time.

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After Boris Johnson resigned, Truss was chosen as Tory leader and Prime Minister by fewer than 200,000 members of the Conservative Party after a six-week leadership contest, in a run-off with Rishi Sunak.

Truss’ time in office, just 44 days, was shorter than the contest to elect her.

Sturgeon said: "There are no words to describe this utter shambles adequately.

“It’s beyond hyperbole and parody. The reality though is that ordinary people are paying the price.

“The interests of the Tory party should concern no one right now. A General Election is now a democratic imperative.”

Sarwar added: “It’s right that Liz Truss has resigned.

“But in truth, this entire Conservative Government must go.

“The next Tory Leader will have no mandate to be Prime Minister. We need a General Election now.”

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Keir Starmer, leader of the UK Labour Party, also said there must be a General Election.

He said: “The Conservative Party has shown it no longer has a mandate to govern.

“After 12 years of Tory failure, the British people deserve so much better than this revolving door of chaos.

"In the last few years, the Tories have set record-high taxation, trashed our institutions and created a cost-of-living crisis.

"Now, they have crashed the economy so badly that people are facing £500 a month extra on their mortgages. The damage they have done will take years to fix."

He added: “We need a General Election - now.”