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Sturgeon: SNP will 'engage positively' with Westminster

Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has said the SNP will seek to "engage positively" with the Conservative government "but will exercise the influence that Scotland has given us".

She told ITV News: "The result of the election in Scotland can’t simply be ignored by David Cameron’s government. Scotland spoke overwhelmingly for an end to austerity, for greater investment in public services, and for a more empowered Scottish Parliament".

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Sturgeon: SNP not 'changing its tune' on independence

Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has insisted the SNP is not "changing its tune" on Scottish independence after her predecessor Alex Salmond said their landslide election victory had brought it closer.

Speaking to the BBC's Andrew Marr Show, Ms Sturgeon said her promise during the campaign that the vote was not about independence still stood and said she was determined to unite the country.

Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon Credit: BBC/Andrew Marr Show

"As First Minister, as leader of the SNP, I've got a responsibility to try to unite Scotland and I'm determined that I do that."

Ms Sturgeon also said there are "big issues" to discuss with David Cameron in the wake of the SNP's general election success.

"Scotland voted overwhelming for change and I think that has to be heeded", she added.

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