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Sturgeon hits back over leaked 'PM preference' memo row

SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon has hit back at Scottish Secretary Alistair Carmichael over the leaked memo row, saying he should "question his whole approach to politics" if he thinks dirty tricks are a normal part of election campaigns.

Cabinet Secretary Sir Jeremy Heywood has ordered an inquiry into how the note - which claims Sturgeon told French ambassador Sylvie Bermann that she would prefer to see Conservatives remain in power after the election - got into the public domain.

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Ed Miliband: Sturgeon PM claims are 'damning'

Labour leader Ed Miliband has said that claims SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon said she would prefer David Cameron as prime minister over himself are "damning revelations".

"What is shows is that while in public the SNP are saying they don't want to see a Conservative government, in private they're actually saying they do want a Conservative government.

"It shows that the answer at this general election is that if you want the Conservatives out the only answer is to vote Labour."

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