Miliband under fire over austerity plans

Reports in today's Times that Ed Miliband is coming under pressure from Labour politicians over his stance on austerity following the Leaders' debate shows why a strong team of SNP MPs are needed to put backbone into Labour.

Sturgeon: Inquiry needed into false claims

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has today (Sat) said she will be writing to the head of the UK Civil Service, Sir Jeremy Heywood, following the publication of details of a UK Government memo on her recent meeting with the French Ambassador

The First Minister said:

Warning on patient charging

Warnings over the prospect of patient charging being introduced for NHS services have underlined the need for a strong team of SNP MPs who will protect Scotland’s Health Service.

Poll analysis shows Sturgeon won with key groups

Further analysis of last night’s post-Leaders’ Debate polling has shown that Nicola Sturgeon was judged to have performed particularly well among key groups of voters.

Polling average confirms Nicola Sturgeon win

An average of three polls released immediately after the ITV Leaders’ Debate has found that SNP Leader Nicola Sturgeon was judged to have won.

With the results of polls carried out by ComRes, ICM and YouGov combined, Nicola Sturgeon was judged to have performed best by 21.7 per cent of respondents – more than any other leader.

Commenting, SNP Depute Leader Stewart Hosie said:

Debate: "Excellent" performance by Nicola Sturgeon

Commenting after the ITV News Leaders' Debate, Scottish National Party General Election Campaign Director Angus Robertson said:

"This was an excellent performance by Nicola Sturgeon - setting out the persuasive case that a team of SNP MPs elected in May will provide a strong voice for Scotland, and help to deliver progressive politics right across the UK.

Leaders debate shows the real alternative

Tonight, the choice in this election will be laid bare on our television screens.

Nicola Sturgeon is in Manchester to outline the SNP's new ideas and fresh thinking - something different, better and more progressive.

The Westminster parties will be there to offer the same old politics - more cuts and more misguided priorities.

Brown blasts Labour as Balls threatens HS2

Labour’s Jim Murphy has been challenged to set out his stance on HS2 after Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls reportedly threatened to drop current plans in favour of a high speed line from the North East to the North West of England.

FM backs MSP calls for autism friendly nation


Mark McDonald has today welcomed support from First Minister Nicola Sturgeon on his call to make Scotland the first Autism Friendly Nation in the world.

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