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Nicola Sturgeon

Mrs May added: "Don't forget those negotiations start 11 days after polling day, and the fact is, the reality is, if we lose just six seats, the Government loses its majority".

Ms Sturgeon said overnight that she could join with Labour and other left-wing parties, in an alliance to keep out the Tories.

Despite widespread opposition to the United Kingdom leaving Europe, voters Thursday appeared to make clear that they didn't go along with the manifesto promise to hold another independence referendum sometime between Autumn 2018 and Spring 2019.

'When Nicola Sturgeon was barking on the whole time about independence people felt that she was being opportunist, which angered a lot of Scots, ' said the planner.

The Conservatives would be the largest party in the Times/YouGov model, taking 42 per cent of the vote to Labour's 38 per cent.

And in the Ettrick, Roxburgh and Berwickshire seat at Holyrood seat, being contested at a by-election, Alex Salmond's sister Gail Hendry faces the daunting task of trying to overturn the 7,736-vote majority Mr Lamont secured for the Tories over the SNP past year.

"That is what gave me the ability to talk about that", the First Minister said.

During the campaign, Scottish Tory leader Ruth Davidson had declared it would be an "Ed Balls moment" if her party could eject the SNP's depute leader - referring to Labour's former shadow chancellor losing his seat in 2015. "I think in all honesty none of us actually know at the moment", Sturgeon said.

Labour is likely to unseat some SNP MPs in the General Election, analysis of a new poll suggests.

He says local opposition to a second referendum on Scottish independence - which SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon called for in the wake of the Brexit vote - could help his party to win a Westminster seat in Moray for the first time since 1987.

Scotland's voice "could be decisive" in the result she told activists at the The Shore in Leith. "I understand your loyalty to your party and I understand you do no agree with the SNP on anything".

The Scottish parliament backed Sturgeon's proposal last March to ask for a second vote on independence.

However, under current law, anyone over 65 is no longer entitled to carer's allowance benefits, and he said Scottish Borders Council is halving his two-week respite allowance to one week.

The First Minister has argued winning more than half of Scotland's 59 seats would create a "triple lock" on delivering another ballot.

The Scottish Green Party criticised the channel's decision not to include them in the debate and an STV spokeswoman said the decision was made as, under the Ofcom code, the broadcaster is required to consider historical election performance.

Labour and the Liberal Democrats adopted the same message as the Conservatives by concentrating on opposing secession, and all did well on Thursday night. "Now we learn she's been having private chats with Nicola Sturgeon about her support for it".

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