The SNP has accused the Prime Minister of “hiding away in the middle of a forest” during a campaign visit to Aberdeenshire.
Theresa May vowed to “take action” against “separatists that want to break up our country” at a short campaign rally held in Crathes Village Hall on the outskirts of Banchory.
Kevin Stewart, MSP for the Aberdeen Central ward at the Scottish Parliament, said the Prime Minister should have faced the people on the street during her rally.
The SNP MSP said: “It is bizarre that the Prime Minister hides away in the middle of a forest surrounded by Tory loyalists rather than going out and meeting real people.
“The Prime Minister talks about being strong and stable but these actions show she is weak and wobbly.”
In her first Scottish appearance of the General Election, Mrs May told the packed village hall of around 200 Conservative activists that she wants to build a “more secure and united nation”.
She added: “That means taking action against extremists that divide us and separatists that want to break up our country.
“There is only one party that is committed to the union.”
The PM was welcomed on to the stage by leader of the Scottish Conservatives, Ruth Davidson, who said it had been 10 years since the SNP had come to power and “prioritised the break up of the UK”. Ms Davidson added the SNP Government had forgotten the North-east and prioritised the Central Belt.
The rally, held at the hall just off the A93 in the West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine constituency, is just one of the target seats the Tories hope to win in June.
During the visit Mrs May took to the streets of Banchory, and also pledged support for Scots fishermen by taking them out of the Common Fisheries Policy and vowed to support the oil and gas sector.
And she warned voters that every vote for the SNP in this election would help Jeremy Corbyn become Prime Minister. The Prime Minister made multiple mentions of her “strong and stable
leadership” while contrasting with what she has called Labour’s “coalition of chaos”. She also ruled out holding a second independence referendum before Britain leaves the EU.