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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

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.

Sturgeon: Salmond's achievements as FM 'second to none'

Nicola Sturgeon has paid tribute to her "friend, mentor and colleague" Alex Salmond calling his achievements as First Minister "second to none".

Alex Salmond's achievements as SNP leader and Scotland's First Minister are second to none. He led the SNP into government and has given our country a renewed self confidence.

Through policies such as the council tax freeze, free prescriptions and the scrapping of tuition fees, he has made a real difference for hundreds of thousands of Scots. And yesterday he inspired 1.6 million of our fellow citizens to vote Yes to independence.

The personal debt of gratitude I owe Alex is immeasurable. He has been my friend, mentor and colleague for more than 20 years. Quite simply, I would not have been able to do what I have in politics without his constant advice, guidance and support through all these years.

– Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon

Sturgeon: 'No greater privilege' than to lead SNP

Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said she "can think of no greater privilege than to seek to lead" the SNP after Alex Salmond's resignation.

Alex' announcement today inevitably raises the question of whether I will be a candidate to succeed him as SNP leader. I can think of no greater privilege than to seek to lead the Party I joined when I was just 16.

However, that decision is not for today. My priority this weekend, after a long and hard campaign, is to get some rest and spend time with my family.

I also want the focus over the next few days to be on the outstanding record and achievements of the finest First Minister Scotland has had.

– Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon
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