SNP to launch General Election manifesto

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A vote for the SNP will "strengthen Scotland's hand" against a Conservativegovernment at Westminster, Nicola Sturgeon has said ahead of the launch of the party's General Election manifesto in Perth today.

The document makes promises including raising the minimum wage, retaining the triple lock on pensions and an "anti-austerity plan" for additional investment in public services.

The publication of the document was delayed from last week due to the Manchester terror attacks.

Speaking ahead of the launch, Ms Sturgeon emphasised the likelihood of a Tory victory, despite a narrowing of the polls with Labour.

The SNP leader is hoping to build on her party's 2015 success of winning arecord 56 out of 59 Scottish Westminster seats, and has sought to frame the election campaign as a two-horse race against Theresa May's party.