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Sturgeon heads to Hawick on election trail

Nicola Sturgeon arrives in Hawick. Credit: Jane Barlow/PA Wire/PA Images

Scotland is in a "much stronger position than other parts of the UK" to deal with any heightened security threat, Nicola Sturgeon insisted as she said the Prime Minister has "tough questions" to answer over her part in cutting police numbers in England.

Scotland's First Minister insisted she was "not complacent" about the possibility of a terror attack but argued the Scottish Government's record of maintaining police numbers meant there is a stark contrast in the situation north and south of the border.

Ms Sturgeon has been campaigning in Hawick today, ahead of the General Election this Thursday.

She spoke out after terrorists brought carnage to the streets of Britain for the second time in as many weeks, killing seven people in London on Saturday night and leaving 21 fighting for their lives.

Terrorists are responsible for the acts they commit, nobody else, but for a Prime Minister to stand up yesterday and say 'enough is enough' when she has been home secretary for the past number of years, presiding over cuts in frontline policing, presiding over the whole range of justice policies, then she clearly has questions to answer.

In Scotland we clearly work hard with the police and others to tackle extremism at source, we're not complacent about that, we're not immune from these threats, but unlike other parts of the UK we have also maintained police numbers and increased armed policing.

Governments have got a big responsibility to do everything they can to keep populations safe and I think Theresa May's got some tough questions about her own record in government.

– Nicola Sturgeon

Following the London attack, Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick said "we need to look at our resourcing" in response to the emerging terrorism threat.

In response, Theresa May, who served as home secretary before entering Number 10, said government had protected counter-terrorism policing budgets and had funded an uplift in the number of armed police officers.

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