Sturgeon: May election move 'huge miscalculation'

Sturgeon: May election move 'huge miscalculation'

Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson welcomed the prime minister's announcement, saying her party is "ready for a campaign, we are organised, and we are optimistic about the prospect of increasing our number of seats".

She said the SNP would "use this campaign to try and manufacture a case for separation", and claimed that "Labour can't be relied to stand up to them."

Ms Davidson added: "By contrast, the Scottish Conservatives have the strength right across Scotland to stand up for people who oppose the SNP's plans."

Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale said the UK faced a "significant and historic choice" between a "Tory party intent on a hard and damaging Brexit, or a Labour party that will oppose a second independence referendum and fight for a better future for everybody".

She said: "The Labour Party is ready and has been preparing for a general election. We will start the process of selecting our candidates this afternoon.

"We will work tirelessly to elect Jeremy Corbyn prime minister and deliver a Labour government."

Scottish Green co-convener Patrick Harvie said the election was an "opportunistic attempt by the Tory party to seize on the weakness of the Labour party at UK level", adding that the UK government would "still be faced with a question" over Scotland's future after the vote.

And Scottish Lib Dem leader Willie Rennie said his party was "relishing the prospect" of a vote as "a chance to change the direction of the whole of the UK".

He said: "At this election we will stand proud for a United Kingdom within the European single market."



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