Nicola Sturgeon back on campaign trail after TV debate

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FIRST MINISTER Nicola Sturgeon will be out campaigning in Scotland just hours after taking part in the televised leaders’ debate.

The SNP leader will be in Edinburgh to tell voters how her party’s “anti-austerity plan” will boost Scotland’s NHS.

Picture: ITV

Picture: ITV

She is to visit a pharmacy in the west of the city while on the campaign trail with local General Election candidate Michelle Thomson.

It comes after a snap YouGov poll following the ITV clash with six other UK leaders declared Ms Sturgeon the winner of the debate, being rated the best of the party chiefs by 28% of the 1,117 adults polled.

The SNP also said more than 1,200 people joined the party during the two hour long debate.

Meanwhile, key figures in Scotland’s main parties will be out on the streets of Scotland, making their pitch for votes.

Campaigning in Musselburgh on the day of the town’s Good Friday race meeting, Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson will claim that the General Election can only be a two horse race.

All the other parties are lagging behind the Tories and Labour in the race to Number 10, she is expected to claim.

READ MORE: Election 2015 debate: Nicola Sturgeon judged winner

Scottish Labour leader Jim Murphy and Glasgow Central candidate Anas Sarwar will be in Glasgow to launch the party’s pledge to ban “exploitative” zero hours contracts.

They will claim the use of such contracts has exploded in Scotland, with an increase of at least 14,000 Scots on zero hours deals last year.

Also campaigning in Glasgow city centre will be Scottish Green co-convener Patrick Harvie.

Candidates and campaigners are set to highlight the Greens’ manifesto pledge to bring the railways back into public ownership.

The Borders will get a visit from the Lib Dems’ Alistair Carmichael, who will be joined by Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk candidate Michael Moore.

Mr Carmichael is to set out the Lib Dems’ action on income tax cuts and tell voters how his party plans a further £400 cut in the next parliament.

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