Thursday, 24 May, 2018

Sturgeon: SNP 'vital' to protect Scotland from dangers of Tory government

Ruth Davidson GETTYRuth Davidson claimed the SNP had fuelled division in the election campaign
Kenny Thornton | 17 May, 2017, 10:56

The 105-page document, which included a foreword from Ms Sturgeon, warned that members are obliged to pay the EU if they want access to the single market and follow a "substantial amount" of European law over which they have no say.

Independence is a major plank of Ms Sturgeon's Scottish National Party (SNP) campaign for the June 8 election, and anything that reinforces Scottish resentment over perceived English arrogance could play into the SNP's hands.

She said: "My message in this election on Brexit is, whether you vote Leave or whether you were Yes or No in 2014, if you vote SNP you're strengthening my hand to make sure that Scotland's voice is heard in these negotiations, that we don't sacrifice jobs and the economy, and that we can press the case for Scotland's place in the single market".

She has also delayed setting out how she will press on with preparing for that referendum until after the election.

The deputy leader of the Scottish Conservative party leader, Jackson Carlaw, said that the Sturgeon was "flirting with EFTA".

"I know we are not ideal, we haven't got everything right and there is so much more work still to do".

Ms Davidson, who was campaigning in Dumfries ahead of the 8 June general election, said the country's school were "going backwards" and its economy was "one quarter away from recession, whilst the rest of the United Kingdom is growing".

"In the NHS, young people still have to wait up to 600 days to get the mental health treatment they need".

Polish Left supports Labour in upcoming United Kingdom election
Mr Corbyn added that Labour would no longer "outsource our country's security and prosperity to the whims of the Trump White House".

"More security within the United Kingdom means they stand a better chance of building a future here in Scotland, without having to go elsewhere to do so".

Ms Sturgeon, who will be campaigning in Hamilton with Lanark and Hamilton East candidate Angela Crawley, will visit the town centre.

And the SNP said it had already introduced numerous policies Labour was proposing. They have spent three whole days trying to stop us.

However, not everyone was happy with the change in direction by the first minister.

Speaking to activists in South Queensferry, outside Edinburgh, Ms Sturgeon said: "I know we are not flawless". The SNP know we are the challengers.

Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie said people were "getting exhausted of the SNP and all their promises".

I've been very clear that's not good enough but, just to put that into context, we have a survey that measures pupils in the second year of secondary school but measures them against the standards that they are expected to achieve in the third year of secondary school. "We will oppose a hard Brexit and offer a competent, fairer voice for the country". "And we can stand up for investment in education and mental health".

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