CONSERVATIVE MPs in the north-east of Scotland who back the windfall tax extension will be punished at the general election, Humza Yousaf has said.

The First Minister accused the Scottish Tories – including leader Douglas Ross and UK Government energy minister Andrew Bowie – of selling out the region.

Chancellor Jeremy Hunt announced in his Budget earlier this week that the levy on oil and gas profits will be extended by a further 12 months to 2029.

Ross and Bowie have both criticised the decision, with the former – who is the MP for Moray – stating he will vote against the extension in the House of Commons.

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Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has said he retains confidence in his energy minister Bowie, after the West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine MP later clarified his support for the Budget.

Scottish Secretary Alister Jack also told the PA news agency on Thursday he does not think Bowie will vote against the extension, adding: “If you are a Government minister, you vote with the Government.”

Speaking on Friday, Yousaf criticised the comment, adding a vote for the extension will be a “betrayal” of the north east.

He told press: “All of the Scottish Conservatives, Andrew Bowie included, have clearly sold out the north east.

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“Andrew Bowie doing it so he can keep his ministerial car and ministerial salary. He will need to explain that to the electorate come the general election.

“He can bet everything that we will certainly be reminding every single person in the north east about what is frankly a betrayal of the north east from the UK Government.

“We don’t oppose windfall tax. We actually support a windfall tax, one of the first parties to be calling for a windfall tax.

“But we don’t agree with raiding the north east for a tax cut of £1,500, or Labour’s position of raiding the north east so they can spend money on new nuclear power plants in England – simply not acceptable.”

The SNP is against the extension of the levy, but the party is in favour of maintaining the tax at 75%.

On social media platform X on Wednesday, Bowie said Hunt understands “the importance of the issue in the north east”.

He added: “The fact is only the Conservatives support our oil and gas sector. That’s why, for example, we are also retaining the capital gains allowances. So now we need (to) get on and deliver.”

Yousaf said Ross had been “utterly humiliated” by the decision to extend the levy after his pleas for the Chancellor to rethink the move fell on deaf ears.

He added: “Because of the Chancellor’s announcement, Douglas Ross will get a £1,500 tax cut and all for raiding the north east.

“Whether his position is tenable or not, frankly I hope he stays in position because it’s helpful to the nationalist cause.”

The Scottish Conservatives has been asked for comment.