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Sturgeon refuses to rule out independence referendum

SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon has refused to rule out another referendum at some point in the future. When asked about a referendum after May 7, Ms Sturgeon said: "Not after this Westminster General Election. That is not what this election is about."

The leaders of the four main political parties in Scotland are going head to head on television tonight ahead of the General Election.

Scotland Debates will feature SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon, Scottish Labour leader Jim Murphy, Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson and Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie.

It will be broadcast live from The Assembly Rooms in Edinburgh on STV and the STV Player.

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Top Lib Dem urges the SNP to 'come clean' on welfare

Scottish Liberal Democrat president Sir Malcolm Bruce has called on Nicola Sturgeon to make clear whether she still supports the reversal of welfare changes made since 2010.

"The SNP need to come clean," Sir Malcolm said. "Are they planning to reverse welfare changes since 2010?"

Scottish Liberal Democrat president Sir Malcolm Bruce. Credit: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire

"This is what they have spent five years telling people. If so, where are they going to find the money that they have said would be £2.5 billion for Scotland alone?" he asked.

"If they are not, people will expect them to admit that they are not going back to 2010. SNP voters will believe they've been led up the garden path.

"Only Liberal Democrats have set out costed and credible plans to balance the books by 2018, building a stronger economy and a fairer society. The SNP are all over the place when it comes to balancing the books."

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