UK election will determine future direction of Scotland

Kezia Dugdale Leader of the Scottish Labour Party

The SNP leader warned: "In terms of Scotland, this move is a huge political miscalculation by the Prime Minister".

While polls continue to show the SNP well ahead of all other political parties in Scotland, the nationalists will struggle to replicate the success of the 2015 referendum when they won all but three of the Scottish seats at Westminster.

The SNP MP said he looks forward to a "passionately fought and vigorous campaign in East Dunbartonshire".

She added "let's stand up for Scotland".

The prospect of a general election undoubtedly presents opportunities for the SNP to advance its cause - but there are also a number of pitfalls.

The SNP is still polling very well in Scotland and can be confident of another sweeping win in June, but the Conservatives pose more of a threat than they did in 2015. Our aim is to gain support all over the country.

SNP depute leader Angus Robertson said the shock poll would be a "straight choice in Scotland" between the SNP and the Tories.

"Let's be clear, the answer to Tory cuts can not simply be for the Scottish Government to get out the sticking plasters and patch up the Tories' mess - using money intended for public services, while the UK Government pocket the savings from their cuts".

The SNP will need to see whether McGarry will stand for reelection as an independent in Glasgow East and whether to select a new candidate for Edinburgh West.

"We will work tirelessly to elect Jeremy Corbyn Prime Minister and deliver a Labour government".

The Tories see a chance to move the United Kingdom to the right, force through a hard Brexit and impose deeper cuts.

Many pro-independence supporters are against Scotland rejoining the European Union, so if the SNP says it is committed to getting back into the bloc it risks alienating some of its natural supporters. We stand with the majority opinion in this country.

Nicola Sturgeon used her column in the Daily Record newspaper yesterday to heavily criticise the Scottish Conservative party leader's defence of the tax credits measure.

"If people want a Britain that is open, tolerant and united, this is the chance".

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