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Sturgeon: Collapse in Labour support is 'staggering'

Nicola Sturgeon's Glasgow Southside seat went to the vote on Thursday Credit: PA

The collapse in Labour support across Scotland is "quite staggering", according to Nicola Sturgeon.

Speaking on Friday morning, the Scottish First Minister said elections across the country on Thursday were a "huge vote of confidence in the SNP's record in government".

Ms Sturgeon, whose Glasgow Southside seat went to the vote on Thursday, added that the pattern of voting was an indicator of the people's "trust in our ability to lead the country".

"What we're seeing tonight, not just across Glasgow but the central belt of Scotland, is the SNP replacing Labour - the collapse in Labour support is quite staggering", she said.

Sturgeon: Scotland should have new referendum if Brexit

A new Scottish independence vote should be held if the UK votes to leave the EU, Nicola Sturgeon said. Credit: PA

Scotland's First Minister said that a new independence referendum should be held if the UK is taken out of the EU "against our will".

Nicola Sturgeon, leader of the Scottish National Party (SNP) said her party's manifesto before a local election next month would say there should be a referendum "if there is clear and sustained evidence that independence has become the preferred option of a majority of the Scottish people".

"Or if there is a significant and material change in the circumstances that prevailed in 2014, such as Scotland being taken out of the EU against our will," she added in a statement.

Sturgeon publishes tax return as PM faces more scrutiny

Nicola Sturgeon Credit: PA

Nicola Sturgeon has published her tax return for 2014/15 and has committed to publishing it annually.

The SNP leader's decision to publish her tax return comes after David Cameron faced a fresh row over a £200,000 gift from his mother that could potentially avoid inheritance tax.

Scrutiny over Mr Cameron's finances have come after he admitted in an ITV News interview he held shares in his father's offshore trust before selling them in 2010.

Nicola Sturgeon's tax return reveals the First Minister of Scotland's £104,818 income is the salary she receives as an MSP and First Minister.

It also shows she pays tax on her full salary entitlement but only draws her salary at its 2008/09 level since the start of the voluntary pay freeze on 1 April 2009.

Nicola Sturgeon's tax return

Sturgeon: PM has 'big questions to answer' on tax

Nicola Sturgeon has said the prime minister has "big questions to answer" over his tax affairs, after he admitted to owning shares in his father's offshore trust.

Nicola Sturgeon says the prime minister has 'big questions to answer' on his tax affairs Credit: STV

Scotland's first minister said it "appears the information has had to be dragged out of" David Cameron, who has been accused of "hypocrisy" over the issue.

I think he needs to be open, transparent, give full information; but perhaps even more importantly there has to be a root and branch overhaul of the UK rules around tax avoidance.

– Nicola Sturgeon, First Minister of Scotland


Sturgeon: Scrapping Human Rights Act is irresponsible

Nicola Sturgeon believes scrapping the Human Rights Act will harm people in the UK. Credit: PA

Scrapping the Human Rights Act in the UK would diminish its reputation, Nicola Sturgeon will warn on Wednesday.

In a speech in Glasgow, Scotland's First Minister will say "no responsible government should even be considering such a step".

She believes the plan, an election pledge by the Conservatives, creates a "completely unnecessary dilemma" and "addresses no obvious problem".

"There is instead a clear risk that it will create legal confusion; harm people in the UK who need support and protection; and give comfort to illiberal governments around the world," Ms Sturgeon is expected to say.

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