May's call for early election a huge political miscalculation - Sturgeon

Nick Mcbride
April 19, 2017

Nicola Sturgeon has called Theresa May's decision to call a snap general election in June "one of the most extraordinary U-turns in recent political history".

Mr. Campbell believes that with the Scottish independence vote in 2014, general election of 2015, and the European Union referendum a year ago - this latest addition could lead to voter fatigue and is the 'last thing they [voters] wanted to happen'.

The Scottish National Party won all but three of Scotland's 59 Westminster seats in 2015, but unionist parties will be hoping to attract voters deterred by the prospect of a second independence referendum.

Ms Sturgeon said the PM "is clearly betting that the Tories can win a bigger majority in England given the utter disarray in the Labour Party".

KEZIA DUGDALE, the Scottish Labour leader, has sworn to defend the party's last remaining seat in Edinburgh South following the news that UK Prime Minister Theresa May intends to hold a UK-wide General Election on 8 June of this year.

The SNP realise it will be hard to replicate their success in the 2015 election when they took almost every seat in Scotland with almost 50% of the vote.

"In terms of Scotland, this move is a huge political miscalculation by the Prime Minister". Our optimistic agenda is pro-UK, pro-EU and progressive.

Health Secretary Shona Robison has written to the UK Government, saying the Scottish Government will not pass on Whitehall guidance on carrying out the policy to NHS Scotland, the Daily Record reported.

The SNP might have been quick off the block with their reaction to Theresa May's "strategic mistake" of calling a General Election, but they were certainly taken by surprise. Scotland does not need a new fossil fuel as we shift towards a low-carbon economy.

She also made the suggestion that the Scottish Parliament should simply step in and pay for these benefits instead.

Already, opinion polls have indicated that the Conservative Party (Tories) will either maintain their majority within the Parliament or grow that number.

A bid to ban fracking in Scotland has been backed by the majority of respondents to a public consultation, according to the Scottish Labour party.

She said: "Look, the polling numbers are challenging but I'm confident we can hold on to that seat, Ian is a great local MP".

"And only a vote for the Scottish Conservatives will send a strong message that we oppose SNP's divisive plan for a second referendum". Since then we have seen the dangers of a Tory government.

"At this election we will stand proud for a United Kingdom within the European single market", said Rennie.

The dual outcome, if polls are to be believed, is a effect of Brexit's dominance of the British political landscape and a testament to its power to divide the country even as May insists it is uniting the public.

Scottish Labour, the Liberal Democrats and Scottish Greens have already published their manifestos, with the SNP due to unveil theirs later this week. We will avoid a disastrous hard Brexit and keep Britain united.

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