ALL Under One Banner (AUOB) has had to call off a planned pro-independence protest in Perth this week.

The Yes group said on Twitter due to unforeseen circumstances it has had to cancel its Cost of Union demonstration which was set to take place outside the Conservative leadership hustings in the Fair City on Tuesday.

AUOB has said it is still encouraging independence supporters to go and protest at the sold-out event. 

With a venue still to be confirmed, Perth will host a debate between Liz Truss and Rishi Sunak in-front of local Tory party members.

There are still six hustings to take place across the UK between now and the end of August, with Perth the only one in Scotland.

The last Conservative Party leadership hustings between Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt in 2019 was also held in the city.

Pro-independence campaigners gathered outside Perth Concert Hall during the 2019 event, waving Saltires and Yes flags. A banner which read “End London Rule” was also draped from one of the city’s bridges.

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Ahead of this week's hustings, Truss launched a fresh attack on the devolved nations accusing them of “playing political games” instead of focusing on “priorities”.

She said that if she succeeds in becoming prime minister, she would take on the role of minister for the Union – a position created and held by Boris Johnson.

The SNP accused Truss – who has also rejected holding indyref2 – of having a “total disregard” for Scotland.

Meanwhile, Sunak has pledged to bring back the Union Unit in a bid to see off talk of an independent Scotland.

As part of a grand plan to beat the SNP, the former chancellor has said he will relaunch the unit with a full team of No 10 staff to ensure every single Government department operates UK-wide.