Nicola Sturgeon: TV debate shows demand for change

The First Minister believes people want change across the UK. Picture: PA

The First Minister believes people want change across the UK. Picture: PA

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TONIGHT’S TV election debate shows there is a clear demand for a new style of politics across the UK, according to SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon.

The only televised debate of the General Election campaign to feature seven party leaders is being screened by ITV from 8pm.

The Westminster establishment is being challenged as never before

Nicola Sturgeon

Ms Sturgeon, Scotland’s First Minister, said it marked an opportunity to break out of the traditional two-party politics of Westminster and ensure “real progressive voices” could be heard.

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Speaking in advance of taking part in the showdown, she said: “This election is unprecedented in modern times and is a unique opportunity for voters in all parts of the UK.

“And tonight’s historic debate signals that it is not just Scotland that wants change, but people across the whole of the UK - it shows the mould of two and three-party politics at Westminster has been broken.

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“The Westminster establishment is being challenged as never before - and the likelihood of no single party commanding an overall majority is a great opportunity to bring about the change that people are looking for.

“In tonight’s debate the public will, for the first time, be able to hear all the main options open to them on May 7 instead of being stuck with a dismal contest of Labour and the Tories competing over who can cut public services the most.

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“Tonight’s debate will hear a real progressive alternative to Westminster cuts. The SNP will be a positive and constructive voice, willing and ready to join forces with others in a progressive alliance to end austerity and to protect vital public services like the NHS.”

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