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Sturgeon 'sad beyond words' at Charles Kennedy death

Nicola Sturgeon said she is "sad beyond words" following the death of former Liberal Democrat leader Charles Kennedy.

Scotland's First Minister described Mr Kennedy as "one of the most talented politicians of his time".

And she recalled when the pair went on a political study trip to Australia about 20 years ago.

"One of my fondest memories is of the two of us skiving off to see Trainspotting in a Melbourne cinema.

"And I think we were the only two Scots in the audience at the time and we got a lot of strange looks as we were laughing uproariously at jokes nobody else was getting. That's a nice memory that I will always treasure."

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.


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.

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
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