SNP would change Westminster politics - Sturgeon

NICOLA Sturgeon said that the election of a large bloc of SNP MPs next week would lead to a shift in power from the “corridors of Westminster to the communities of Scotland” as she used a speech to supporters to pledge that the nationalists would transform the way the UK’s politics is conducted.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon. Picture: PA

The First minister said her party would “end the metaphorical wielding of swords” at Westminster and make it “better” for voters in all parts of the UK.

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Ms Sturgeon held out an olive branch to Labour by stating that the SNP would vote to reverse NHS privatisation which she said the Tories had introduced south of the border and that her party’s MP’s would back Ed Miliband’s flagship plan for a mansion tax on properties worth more than £2 million if Labour is in government.

However, she said that ending austerity and scraping Trident were absolute priorities for the SNP, which she said would be a “breath of fresh air” at Westminster if it wins a large number of MP next week.

She also stated that the SNP was now the “party of social democracy in Scotland” and that it was now more progressive than Labour at both Scottish and UK levels.