Before the overnight events in Manchester Ms Sturgeon had intended to use today’s launch of her manifesto to put the incident behind her and move the agenda back on to independence and the Tories’ policies on Brexit and austerity.
Speaking yesterday, Ms Sturgeon said the SNP “will step up its opposition to Theresa May’s hard Brexit plans and urge voters to send a strong block of MPs to Westminster represent Scotland’s interests.”
Ms Sturgeon argues that the SNP has stood up to the Conservative government on a range of issues including changes to women’s pensions and cuts to services.
“With the prospect of a re-elected and increasingly hard-line Tory government at Westminster, it is more vital than ever that Scotland’s voice is heard,” she said.
“In the last few years, the strong block of SNP MPs has shaken up the Westminster establishment and provided the only effective opposition to the Tory government.
“On issues as diverse as tax credit cuts and the appalling rape clause, cuts to women’s pensions and Tory austerity, the SNP have led the way in standing up for a fairer society.
“A vote for the SNP in this election will strengthen Scotland’s hand against further Tory cuts and ensure that progressive polices, like those pursued by the SNP government in Scotland, are firmly on the agenda at Westminster. “
At the heart of the SNP’s plans is a fiscal plan aiming to end austerity and free up resources to invest in public services, protect family budgets and call a halt to cuts in social security support for working families and the disabled.
“A vote for the SNP will also strengthen Scotland’s hand against an extreme Brexit that will put tens of thousands of Scottish jobs at risk,” said Ms Sturgeon.
“Labour can’t win this election in Scotland and a vote for them will risk letting Tory MPs in the back door – while the Lib Dems, with their history of propping up the Tories, simply cannot be trusted.
“Now, more than ever, it is vital to have strong SNP voices standing up for Scotland and preventing the dangers of an unopposed Tory government at Westminster.”