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Sturgeon puts independence top of election agenda

Nicola Sturgeon FM at SCDI

Nicola Sturgeon: ‘we must not take our eye off the ball’ (pic: Terry Murden)

Nicola Sturgeon today tore into the record of the Conservative government in Westminster in the clearest indication yet that the Scottish election campaign will focus on independence.

The SNP leader urged the country to re-elect her as First Minister as she reminded Scots that they did not vote for a Tory government and launched a series of attacks on Boris Johnson’s policies.

After stating the need to focus on combating Covid, she said the country “must not take our eye off the ball.”

In a campaign speech she said: “This campaign is also an opportunity to think about, and debate, the kind of country we want to build after the pandemic.

“In Scotland, despite the political sound and fury that so often dominates our discourse – I suspect there is quite substantial agreement about the kind of nation we want to be.

“A fairer country, founded on the values of compassion and love, with an economy that is strong and works for everyone, and an equal partnership with our friends in the rest of the UK and across Europe.

“But what is unusual is that despite people across Scotland wanting, and indeed voting for, measures to bring about that kind of country – another government, the Westminster government, controlled by a Tory party Scotland hasn’t voted for in 60 years, so often pulls us in a different direction.

“We have seen and continue to see the effects of that. People in Scotland rejected austerity cuts. But they were imposed on us anyway.

“We voted to stay in the European Union. But we were forced out.

“We want a fair society. But Westminster is taking money away from those who can least afford it.

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