Stand up for Scotland, Sturgeon urges voters

So while the SNP will have ambitions to make Scotland a Tory-free zone by unseating the Scottish Secretary Tory David Mundell, the Conservatives believe a snap election can breathe new life into their revival.

Nicola Sturgeon's reaction to the Prime Minister's snap election made it clear that her plans for another independence referendum will be right at the heart of the coming campaign.

Because it is outside the standard five-year cycle of general elections laid down in the 2011 Fixed-term Parliament's Act, Theresa May must get the backing of the two-thirds of Parliament in a vote to be able to call an election.

"It will once again give people the opportunity to reject the (Conservative government's) narrow, divisive agenda, as well as reinforcing the democratic mandate which already exists for giving the people of Scotland a choice on their future".

A substantial amount of information about the UK Brexit deal will be available by the time Nicola Sturgeon wants to hold a second referendum on independence, a think tank has insisted.

He was backed up by former SNP Deputy Leader Jim Sillars, who wanted UDI to be enacted if there was an SNP majority at the 2016 Scottish Elections. The truth is that, far from standing up to her Tory colleagues, Ruth Davidson is defending them regardless of the impact on families across Scotland.

"It's a really freaky state of affairs, as I don't understand why Theresa May wants a mandate".

"At this election, the choice again will be clear: a Tory Party intent on a hard and damaging Brexit; or a Labour Party that will oppose a second independence referendum and fight for a better future for everybody, " she said.

"If you vote for the Tories, you are voting for them to be in power - to take control of your council services", Scotland's Labour leader is expected to say, "not to be in opposition or to protest against independence".

She said: "Before Easter I spent a few days walking in Wales with my husband, thought about this long and hard and came to the decision that to provide that stability and certainty for the future, that this was the way to do it - to have an election".

"But we have always been clear this will be delivered in the most effective, compassionate way, with the right exceptions and safeguards in place".

A future independence referendum would include whether Scotland would have to commit to eventually joining the euro and if it would have to make an European Union budget contribution without the United Kingdom rebate. But they voted to keep their European Union membership last June and Sturgeon says that means Scotland needs a new referendum on secession as it faces a Brexit it did not vote for.

The Tory leader added: "With Jeremy Corbyn having already said he is "absolutely fine" with an immediate referendum, we also know that Labour can't be relied to stand up to them. We will stand up to the politics of hatred and division that is scarring our communities and give people across the country a chance to vote for a better Britain".

At present the Tories, like Labour and the Liberal Democrats, have just one MP north of the border.

However, one victor could be the Liberal Democrats, who lost a large proportion of their seats back in the 2015 election.

  • Annette Adams