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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.

Cameron: There will not be another Scotland referendum

Prime Minister David Cameron has insisted there will not be another referendum on Scottish independence - and said the SNP was not pushing for one.

David Cameron has said there will not be another referendum on Scottish independence Credit: PA

In an interview with Channel 4 News, he said he was "very confident" he would not be the last UK Prime Minister.

We had a referendum. Respect and trust should be at the heart of our system and that's what we did and Scotland voted emphatically to stay in the United Kingdom which I think was an affirmation of what a great country this is.

There isn't going to be another referendum. We had the referendum and the SNP aren't pushing for another referendum actually, Nicola Sturgeon said that vote in the general election was not about another referendum.

Now what we need to do is bring the United Kingdom together. We are going to do that by delivering the devolution settlement in Wales, delivering the devolution settlement in Scotland, keeping all the pledges that were made.

– David Cameron

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SNP runs riot - and decapitates Scottish Labour

Nicola Sturgeon's SNP exceeded even their own private expectations with last night's result.

The won 56 of the 59 seats in Scotland with almost exactly 50% of the vote - meaning half the country doesn't support them. Can they unite a divided country?

ITV News Correspondent Martin Geissler reports from Edinburgh:

Sturgeon: SNP are not responsible for Tory victory

SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon has said her party bears no responsibility for the Conservatives being returned to power as a majority government.

Nicola Sturgeon has said she will speak to Prime Minister David Cameron about Scotland's comprehensive vote for the SNP after flying down from Edinburgh Airport. Credit: Danny Lawson/PA Wire

Arriving in London for the VE Day 70th anniversary events, Ms Sturgeon said results south of the border had determined the election outcome.

The SNP fought a campaign in Scotland and the people of Scotland have put their trust in us. It was Labour's job to beat the Conservatives in England and Labour hasn't come close to doing that.

Even if Labour had won all of the seats that they held in Scotland they still wouldn't have beaten the Conservatives. We had the shadow chancellor losing his seat (and) Labour failing to take the seats that they had to do.

– Nicola Sturgeon

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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