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Sturgeon goes on the offensive against Tories

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There is huge pressure on Sturgeon and the SNP to over-perform at the general election

The leader of the Scottish National Party (SNP), Nicola Sturgeon, has launched a blistering attack on the Tories, as her party launched its election manifesto.

Sturgeon, who is also Scotland’s First Minister, claimed Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, is “dangerous and unfit for office”.

Addressing SNP members and supporters at the manifesto launch, Sturgeon claimed that a vote for SNP at the general election was a vote to “escape Brexit and put Scotland’s future in Scotland’s hands”.

Sturgeon’s tough speech is entirely in keeping with her recent combative posture on a range of issues, including a Scottish independence referendum, the Trident nuclear weapons system and qualified support for a minority Labour government.

On Sunday, Sturgeon told Sky News that her party would only consider working with a minority Labour government if Jeremy Corbyn committed to scrapping the Trident nuclear weapons system.

There is enormous pressure on Sturgeon and the SNP in the forthcoming general election. Although the SNP dominates the Scottish political landscape, it has to perform exceptionally well in the election in order to keep up the momentum in favour of Scottish independence.

Sturgeon’s plan to hold a Scottish independence referendum in the second half of 2020 is opposed by Johnson and the ruling Tories.

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