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Nicola Sturgeon: 'Difficult' Theresa May will struggle in Brexit talks

Nicola Sturgeon: 'Difficult' Theresa May will struggle in Brexit talks

The seat had been a key target for the Conservatives in Scotland, with the Tories desperate to defeat the SNP's Westminster leader.

"People are starting to listen to the Conservative party, to engage with what we have to offer, and our position over whether Scotland should stay in the union has meant people are starting to listen who hadn't for generations", says Nathan Wilson, a Tory councilor for Ravenscraig, once the site of a massive steelworks that was closed under a Conservative government.

"If the Conservatives make significant gains in Scotland they may well feel quite empowered or bolstered in their resistance to a second independence referendum".

Ms Sturgeon replied: "She said that she thought Brexit changed everything and she didn't think Labour could any longer go on opposing a second independence referendum".

But Conservatives hope that by securing the support of more pro-Union voters they can win huge swathes of SNP-held seats.

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.

Since emerging onto the national stage during the 2015 election campaign, Sturgeon has earned a reputation as a combative street fighter, frequently clashing with Prime Minister Theresa May over Brexit and Scotland's role in the negotiations.

"Well, I bet that she's regretting that now".




First Minister and SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon warned Tory MPs would end up being a "rubber stamp" for Theresa May's proposals, including an "extreme Brexit". "I think in all honesty none of us actually know at the moment", Sturgeon said.

But the Nationalists have already lost 20 seats - leaving them far from the dominance they enjoyed in 2015.

She also told people that a vote for her party would signal their "opposition to a second independence referendum".

Pete Wishart, who was the chair of the Scottish Affairs Committee in the last parliament, held on to his Perth and North Perthshire seat by just 21 votes, with Tory MEP Ian Duncan coming close to ousting him.

"I am absolutely convinced that we can do that because I believe in Britain and I believe in the British people".

After his chat with the First Minister, Jim, who runs a dementia café in the town's 111 Masonic Lodge in Commercial Road on the third Thursday of every month, told us: "She seemed quite honest".

Speaking to Scottish voters, Robertson said that the message emerging from the country was that the SNP's drive for a second independence referendum has driven voters away from them. We're focused today on getting out the vote. This is the opportunity to show Nicola Sturgeon you don't want that. The Tories would have seven seats, gaining six, Labour three, gaining two, and the Lib Dems also three, up two.

A Scottish Labour spokesman said: "It was a mobile phone conversation".


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