#VoteSNP rally in St. Andrews
Nicola Sturgeon speaking at the #VoteSNP rally in St. Andrews
The First Minister has been setting out plans to lock the Tories out of power, escape Brexit and put Scotland's future in Scotland's hands.
Nicola Sturgeon and Stephen Gethins have been speaking at a St. Andrews day rally in St. Andrews.
The FM’s speech
"Our thoughts today are very much with those affected by yesterday’s horrific terrorist attack in London."
"We think of all those who sustained injury and, especially, of the families of those who lost their lives. There are no words that can ease the pain that they are feeling."
"We also pay tribute to the bravery of ordinary members of the public who risked their own lives to protect others - demonstrating in the process all that is good and decent in humanity."
"We should also remember that terrorists want to make us scared and undermine the democracy we cherish. So, especially now and even as we grieve, we must resolve to show democracy’s strength and resilience."
"Next year will be the 700th anniversary of the Declaration of Arbroath. Wouldn't it be fitting for modern Scotland to declare our wish to join the independent countries of the world during that 700th anniversary?"
"It's now less than two weeks until the general election on December 12. All elections are important but this one really matters. The future of Scotland is on the line. At stake are the opportunities and life chances of this and future generations."
"We have a Westminster system that leads to Tory governments we in Scotland don’t vote for - imposing policies, like Brexit, that do us harm. A vote for the SNP in this election is a vote to escape Brexit and to put Scotland's future in Scotland's hands."
"The ideals of our NHS are a demonstration of the kind of country we aspire to be – collective care and compassion for one another. A sense of solidarity and a statement that everyone is entitled to health treatment free at the point of use."
"We’ve protected Scotland’s NHS from the creeping privatisation we’ve seen the Tories impose south of the border. But make no mistake, Brexit is the biggest threat to Scotland’s NHS since it was founded just over 70 years ago."
"The NHS will never be safe in Tory hands. In Scotland, the SNP is the challenger to the Tories in all 13 seats they hold. So in Scotland, only a vote for the SNP can lock the Tories out of office and protect our NHS from Boris Johnson."
"In this election we in Scotland can do our bit to defeat the Tories and deny them the majority they crave. But as so often in the past, after December 12 Scotland could once again be facing a dangerous Tory government we did not vote for."
"It will be a Tory government unlike any we have seen before. It won’t just be a threat to the NHS. It will put our economy, jobs and living standards at risk."
"The Westminster chaos will continue, but the difference is that the ultra-Brexiteers will feel free to put into practice their right-wing vision. They look to Donald Trump’s America, not Europe’s social model, as their inspiration."
"On our national patron saint’s day, we owe it to the people of Scotland to set out a different vision for Scotland. It is of a country where everyone can grow up believing in a sense of possibility - that means a more prosperous and a more equal Scotland."
"In an independent Scotland control over Scotland’s migration policy will rest with the Scottish Parliament and not Westminster."
"The Scottish Parliament will also control all of Scotland’s tax policy – so we can continue the work of building a fairer and more prosperous society."
"That means we can stop spending hundreds of millions of pounds mitigating Tory policies that Scotland never voted for and which forces children and others into poverty."
"We’ll make our own decisions on our European future. As a member of the EU, Single Market and Customs Union our businesses will be part of the world’s largest trading block. And as an independent country, we will always get the governments we vote for."
"Never again could we be subjected to a Tory Westminster government with no mandate in Scotland. And of course, Boris Johnson will never be Prime Minister of an independent Scotland."
"Scotland is facing two very different futures. A future in which Westminster is in control of our lives and a Tory government seeks to impose an ever more unequal society. Or a future as an independent country where the people of Scotland are in charge."
"Never have those different futures for Scotland been so stark. And that’s why it is so vital for people in this election to protect their right to decide their own future. The way to protect that right is to #VoteSNP." #GE2019
"We need to take our message of hope to every community in Scotland. Talk to your friends and neighbours and explain what is at stake. Work as if we are in the early days of a better nation."
"This election is Scotland’s opportunity to escape Brexit, to lock the Tories out of government and stop Boris Johnson. An opportunity to put Scotland’s future in Scotland’s hands. For this and for future generations, let’s grasp that opportunity."