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SNP conference closes

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Scotland's Deputy First Minister says the answer to Tory spending cuts is indepence. Nicola Sturgeon used her speech on the final day of the SNP conference in Perth to launch an attack the UK government's welfare reforms and economic policy. Announcing an extra 9 million for a new social welfare fund, she said Scotland needed to go in a new direction.

Nicola Sturgeon told delegates that the two years before the independence vote would be the toughest of their political lives but she's confident of securing a 'yes' vote.

Over two thousand people attended the party's four day conference in Perth. It came in the same week Alex Salmond signed the 'Edinburgh Agreement' with David Cameron, paving the way for an independence vote in Autumn 2014.

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