Scotland will be independent by 2025, Nicola Sturgeon believes

The Scottish First Minister and SNP leader said another five years of Conservative government was “not palatable” – and insisted the only way Scots could stop this was by voting for her party.

The SNP leader endured a hard half-hour on the programme, where she was routinely criticised for her agenda in pursuing a second independence referendum and forced to confront questions about approval ratings.

“We simply can’t go on with more of the same but that is exactly what the Tories are planning to do – and this snap election has presented a golden opportunity for voters across Scotland to say enough is enough”.

“I would say that my approval ratings compare pretty favourably to any other leader in Scotland and the UK.”
She added: “The SNP is going into this election – and I take nothing for granted about the poll on Thursday – but we’re going into this election significantly ahead in the polls of our nearest rivals”.

The ex-Labour leader has reunited with chancellor Alistair Darling, with both men penning letters to nearly 100,000 Scots in seats where the party believes it has a chance of ousting the SNP on June 8.

Terrorists are afraid of strong women, Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson said as she paid tribute to those killed in the Manchester attack.

On Saturday, the first minister’s helicopter was due to make stops in eight constituencies – from Cumbernauld in North Lanarkshire to Clydesdale and Tweeddale.

“Indeed, some polls now indicate Scotland could be pivotal in deciding this election, with the issue of how big a Tory majority is – or whether they have one at all – decided here”.

In the last election, the SNP won 56 of the 59 seats that were up for grabs in Scotland, with Labour, the Liberal Democrats and the Tories each winning just one seat. “Electing strong SNP voices is the only way to keep the Tories in check”.

However, Mr Darling dismissed the idea.

“If you look at things like health and education the nationalists’ record in Scotland is atrocious”.

Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale was campaigning in East Lothian, while former chancellor and Better Together chief Alistair Darling met voters in East Renfrewshire.

Mr Robertson said the election campaign had “completely exposed” Conservative Party plans to hit family incomes and the incomes of older people. Her answer raises fears she is pursuing a “neverendum” strategy, demanding new independence votes until she gets the result she wants.

SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon has said she believes Scotland will be independent by 2025.

“The point of principle for me is the end of the process”, Sturgeon said.

Mr Rennie made the claim as he joined supporters in a Chariots of Fire-style run along the West Sands in St Andrews. In those seats we are the people that can change the direction of this country. “Do they want an MP who will do nothing more than advance the cause for another divisive independence referendum, or do they want an MP that will stand up for the local community?”

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