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Nicola Sturgeon’s conference speech in Aberdeen

Nicola Sturgeon said she would push for independence “as long as I am First Minister” during her conference speech today, adding she will “never give up on Scottish democracy”.

Pamela Nash, chief executive of Scotland in Union, said:

“Nicola Sturgeon said she won’t give up on Scottish democracy – but she did exactly that in 2014 and has been doing so ever since.

“Had the SNP respected the result of the decisive referendum vote, Scotland could have moved on and focused on the things that really matter.

“Instead, the First Minister has spent a huge chunk of her keynote conference speech agitating again for the break-up of the United Kingdom, dragging us back into a toxic and divisive debate.

“It’s time for the SNP to listen to Scotland.

“Scotland is the UK, and our positive future is very much together.

“If this SNP conference has taught us anything, it’s that from the very top the nationalists’ campaign for separation is as aggressive and incoherent as ever.”

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