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We'll use the pound, or not, says Sturgeon

17 May 2017

"Now, in a cynical attempt to win back Leave voters who have deserted the SNP, she now refuses to say whether an independent Scotland would go back in".

Knightley also questioned the SNP's desire to be in the EU, as aside from the UK Scotland's biggest trading partner is the U.S. rather than a nation from the European continent.

"Now it may be that we have a phased approach to that by necessity", she said.

Nicola Sturgeon has hailed the SNP's "decade of delivery" as she marked the 10th anniversary of her party coming to power.

Nicola Sturgeon has blamed Conservative austerity policies for the growth of food banks in Scotland.

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Labour claimed that the SNP's approach to the currency was "a shambles" while the Conservatives said Ms Sturgeon's remarks showed that she was "flimsy and insincere" on the most important of questions.

Ms Sturgeon confirmed the her government will continue to pursue "full European Union membership" - without joining the euro.

However, Scotland could move swiftly to gain Single Market access akin to Norway's, through a membership of the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) and the European Economic Area (EEA).

He is expected to say: "It is appalling to learn that children and young people are still waiting nearly two years for the mental health treatment they need".

The former first minister Alex Salmond has repeatedly said that a general election victory for the SNP would be a renewed mandate for that referendum.

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Heappey's comment will be unhelpful to Ruth Davidson, the leader of the Conservatives in Scotland, who has been leading a revival of the party's fortunes there and whose MPs have become the main threat to Sturgeon's dominant SNP.

I've been very clear that's not good enough but, just to put that into context, we have a survey that measures pupils in the second year of secondary school but measures them against the standards that they are expected to achieve in the third year of secondary school. "Her flirtation with EFTA would leave us with all the obligations, but no voice in decision-making", Carlaw said.

Meanwhile, Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale has described her party's United Kingdom manifesto as "a radical vision for the country".

Nicola Sturgeon said: "Tory MPs will rubber-stamp for whatever Theresa May wants to do".

Ms Sturgeon also defended her Government's record on education following publication of the latest Scottish survey of literacy and numeracy.

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But she also admitted "we are not perfect", adding: "In so many ways we have made so much progress to be proud of". At the same time, there had been a worsening performance gap between the least and most well-off pupils, after 10 years of Scottish National party government.

We'll use the pound, or not, says Sturgeon