Nicola Sturgeon says Jeremy Corbyn is not a 'credible alternative Prime Minister'

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The MSP for Edinburgh Central said she spent a five figure sum on saving her dog - meaning she had to postpone her forthcoming October nuptials.

"But our enjoyment of Britain's diversity must not prevent us from confronting the menace of extremism, even if that is sometimes embarrassing or hard to do".

Only by ending austerity can we reverse heartless Tory benefit cuts that have already contributed to a 2,500 per cent increase in the number of children using foodbanks in Scotland.

"We need to be stronger and more resolute in standing up to these people".

On Monday May was forced to backtrack on one of her Conservative Party's most high-profile election pledges to force elderly people to pay more for their social care after her opinion poll lead halved.

Ms Sturgeon claims there is a "cast iron" mandate for another referendum after her manifesto in 2016 made clear another vote could take place if there was a "material change in circumstances" from 2014, such as Scotland being removed from the European Union against its wishes.

"I am opposed to independence and a second independence referendum, as indeed is the Labour Party in both the United Kingdom and Scottish manifestos".

The Labour leader argues these commitments would return staffing levels closer to those when Labour left office in 2010.

"These agencies are charged with a duty to identify those individuals vulnerable to violent extremism but under the current government they have been held back and barely been able to provide their own core services".

"Only Labour is serious about properly resourcing our security and frontline services", he added. "And given Jeremy Corbyn has said he's "absolutely fine" with a referendum, we know he'd be willing to roll over".

"It's the height of cynicism they are now pretending to back them".

Polls show the SNP is set to easily win in Scotland in June, though May's Conservatives are expected to take some seats from them as the issue of keeping the United Kingdom together takes center stage. As Adam Boulton points out today, the Tories haven't tried to revisit that image, but Nicola Sturgeon might have helped them along.

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