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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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French ambassador: Sturgeon did not discuss PM 'preference'

A spokesman for the French Ambassador has told ITV News that the SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon did not ''touch on her personal political preferences with regards to the future Prime Minister'' during a meeting in February.

French ambassador: Nicola Sturgeon 'did not touch on her personal political preference for PM'. Credit: PA

While the ambassador and First Minister, some time ago, discussed the political situation, Ms Sturgeon did not touch on her personal political preferences with regards to the future Prime Minister.

– Spokesman for the French Ambassador

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