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Sturgeon tribute to Murphy: Leadership is not easy

SNP leader and First Minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon has tweeted her support of Jim Murphy after he said he will quit as leader of the Scottish Labour party.

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Sturgeon: Cameron has 'no right' to rule out referendum

Scotland's First Minister has insisted David Cameron has "no right" to rule out a second independence referendum.

Nicola Sturgeon said she was "not planning" to hold another such ballot but refused to rule it out - claiming it was up to the people of Scotland to decide.

Nicola Sturgeon said it was down to the people of Scotland to decide if there is another referendum. Credit: ITV/Loose Women

The SNP leader told ITV's Loose Women: "We had that debate and that vote last year, and Scotland, against my better efforts, opted to stay part of the United Kingdom, to stay part of the Westminster system

She added: "I'm not planning another referendum. Why I stop short of saying I absolutely guarantee it is the same reason I don't think David Cameron has got any right to rule it out.

"Whether there is another referendum or not is really down to what people in Scotland want, there can't be another referendum unless people vote for it.

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Sturgeon: Our job is to stand up for Scotland against Tories

Nicola Sturgeon has said that SNP's job "is to stand up for Scotland against the Conservatives."

The nationalists, who won just six seats in 2010, have soared to 56 seats as Labour's support north of the border suffered a massive collapse.

Our job is to stand up for Scotland against the Conservatives.

I didn't want to see a Conservative Government, Labour were unable to beat the Conservatives in England, I think that makes it even more important that we have a strong team of SNP MPs to fight Scotland's corner and to stand up for Scotland and that's what we plan to do.

– Nicola Sturgeon, SNP leader

Surge in Sturgeon tweets 'largest since leaders' debate'

Nicola Sturgeon has become the most talked about leader on Twitter with a surge in tweets, the social media site has told ITV News.

The surge in tweets about Sturgeon was the largest since the leaders' debate.

The SNP leader is currently the most talked about on Twitter. Credit: Twitter

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Nicola Sturgeon urges 'huge caution' after exit poll

SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon has said an exit poll predicting her party will win 58 seats should be treated with "huge caution".

Nicola Sturgeon: Voters have 48 hours to get Tories out

Nicola Sturgeon has told voters they have "48 hours to get the Tories out" as she accused David Cameron of descending "into desperation".

The SNP leader behind the children's playhouse in Livingston today. Credit: PA Wire

After the prime minister warned of "five long years" of a minority Labour government reliant on "bribes" to the SNP, Ms Sturgeon said David Cameron's campaign "had descended into desperation".

Speaking at an event in Livingston, the SNP leader said: "(There are) 48 hours to get the Tories out, to get an alternative to austerity and to make Scotland's voice heard."

She went on: "The fact of the matter is, if there's an anti-Tory majority on Friday morning, I want to see that anti-Tory majority come together to get the Tories out, but then make sure that it's replaced with something better."

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