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Sturgeon: SNP MPs may vote on English issues

Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has said that SNP MPs in Westminster will end their self-imposed ban on voting on English issues in the next parliament.

In an interview with BBC News, she defended the move saying that issues like privatising parts of the health service could have consequences for the Scottish budget.

Speaking ahead of a meeting with the Prime Minister on devolving powers to Holyrood, she said that the move was primarily to protest Scottish interests:

'Low probability' second patient in Scotland has Ebola

There is a "low probability" that a second patient in Scotland being tested for Ebola has the virus, Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said.

"I should stress that, although this is another returning healthcare worker from West Africa, the patient here, as far as we are aware, has had no direct contact with people infected with Ebola, so it is a case that is being described as low probability," Sturgeon told BBC Scotland.

Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon. Credit: Nick Ansell/PA Wire

"But we are operating, given the seriousness of Ebola, on a highly precautionary basis and that's why this patient over the course of today will be transferred for tests."

It is understood the patient had been staying at a youth hostel in the Highlands and was being transferred to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary, she added.

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There would be 'hard conditions' in SNP-Labour pact

There would be "hard conditions" for Labour if they wanted to woo the SNP into a coalition pact after the next election, Scotland's First Minister has told Good Morning Britain.

SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon said the SNP wanted reassurances that Trident nuclear weapons would not be renewed, more powers for the Scottish parliament and a change to the austerity agenda.

Sturgeon: Smith report does not represent 'real home rule'

The new leader of the SNP Nicola Sturgeon has said she welcomes all new powers but that the Smith report on devolution does not go far enough.

Sturgeon pledges to 'build a progressive coalition'

Scotland's new First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon said her party would team up with others across England and Wales to build an alliance against "austerity economics".

Nicola Sturgeon, addressing delegates at conference in Glasgow today. Credit: Press Association.

Speaking to supporters in Glasgow, Sturgeon said her party would "seek to build alliances with progressive forces across these islands" if there is a hung parliament after next May's general election.

The old Westminster system doesn't work for Scotland, we know that all too well.

But you know what, it doesn't work for many other parties other UK either. So when we send a strong team of SNP MPs to Westminster, we will seek to build alliances with progressive forces across these islands.

– Nicola Sturgeon

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Nicola Sturgeon takes over as SNP leader

Nicola Sturgeon has take over as SNP leader from Alex Salmond. Credit: PA

Nicola Sturgeon has taken over the leadership of the Scottish National Party (SNP) and will become Scotland's new first minister next week.

Sturgeon, currently the Deputy First Minister, was confirmed as the new SNP leader at the start of the party's annual conference in Perth.

She takes over the reins after Alex Salmond announced he was stepping down as both party leader and First Minister in the wake of the referendum defeat.

Dundee MSP Stewart Hosie will replace Sturgeon as the party's new Deputy First Minister.

Sturgeon would prefer 'issue by issue' coalition

Scotland's incoming First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has said she would "tend away" from a formal coalition with the Labour party and would prefer an arrangement that was "issue by issue".

Speaking to Good Morning Britain, she said the SNP would "never ever" put the Tories into government and would seek "the best deal, the greatest influence, the strongest voice for Scotland".

Nicola Sturgeon to declare SNP leadership bid

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Nicola Sturgeon is today expected to formally announce her bid to become leader of the SNP and Scotland's First Minister.

Ms Sturgeon, who has been Deputy First Minister since the nationalists came to power at Holyrood in 2007, has emerged as the overwhelming favourite to take over the post from Alex Salmond.

He announced his intention to step down on Friday after Scotland voted against independence in last week's referendum.

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