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Sturgeon urges voters to help keep Tories in check

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon during the launch of the SNP General Election manifesto at Perth Concert Hall. Photo: PA

Nicola Sturgeon has urged Scots to help her keep the Tories 'in check' as she unveiled the SNP's manifesto for next week's General Election.

She told supporters in Perth that the document "sets out a plan to end Tory cuts", freeing up £118 billion of public money across the UK over the term of the next parliament.

She insisted the manifesto had "fairness, opportunity and democracy at its heart".

Ms Sturgeon also said an SNP victory would "further reinforce" the mandate for a second independence referendum.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon speaks during the launch of the SNP General Election manifesto at Perth Concert Hall. Credit: PA

With the UK due to exit the European Union in less than two years, the SNP leader and Scottish First Minster said Scotland "must have a choice about our future" between Brexit and independence.

She warned Theresa May that if the SNP wins the most seats in Scotland on June 8 - that "continued Tory attempts" to block another referendum would be "democratically unsustainable".

Ms Sturgeon said being taken out of the EU and the single market would put 80,000 jobs in Scotland at risk and would pose "a real danger to our farmers and fisherman, our universities, our food and drink businesses, to almost every sector of our economy".

We know that decisions taken at Westminster in the years ahead will shape our country. So, now, more than ever, it is vital to have strong SNP voices standing up for Scotland.

"With Labour in disarray, the Tories saw a chance to tighten their grip on the whole of the UK for many years to come. But with their true colours being exposed in this campaign, we have a real chance to keep them in check."

– Nicola Sturgeon MSP, First Minister