How might the general election play out in Scotland?

Ruth Davidson believes a vote for the Tories is a vote for the Union

BBC GETTYRuth Davidson believes a vote for the Tories is a vote for the Union

The Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale, whose party is defending just one Westminster seat in Scotland, in Edinburgh South, said her party relished the opportunity presented by the general election and would campaign tirelessly for Corbyn to be prime minister.

Nicola Sturgeon's reaction to the Prime Minister's snap election made it clear that her plans for another independence referendum will be right at the heart of the coming campaign.

"That means that this will be - more than ever - an election about standing up for Scotland in the face of a right-wing, austerity obsessed Tory government with no mandate in Scotland but which now thinks it can do whatever it wants and get away with it".

On June 8, the SNP will emerge as the largest party north of the border, but maintaining its current level of dominance will be extremely hard.

"At this election, the choice again will be clear: 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".

"We call on broadcast media to reflect that political reality in the next weeks of the election campaign". The solution is for the Tories to scrap the rape clause and the two child policy - not just in Scotland but across the whole of the UK.

Business for Scotland CEO Gordon MacIntyre-Kemp said: "Theresa May doesn't have a mandate for the hard Brexit her government is pursuing, so she is now seemingly asking for one".

Scottish first minister Nicola Sturgeon has described Theresa May's call for an early election as a huge political miscalculation.

"If you vote for the Tories, you are voting for them to be in power - to take control of your council services", Scotland's Labour leader is expected to say, "not to be in opposition or to protest against independence".

It turns out that while I am bored to tears and mildly irritated by the idea of a Scottish indyref2* (hence the feeling of fatigue), I'm pretty pleased by the idea of a snap general election.

"It is our view that there are no circumstances under which it is acceptable to require a women to disclose she has been raped in order to access social security", she said.

But she will obviously use this election to make the case that Scotland should be allowed to choose its own future as the United Kingdom prepares to leave the EU.

"We will avoid a disastrous hard Brexit and keep Britain united". Liberal Democrats are only party that can stop a Conservative majority across the UK.

A Scottish Government spokeswoman said: "The Scottish Government is committed to ensuring Scotland is a country that businesses and people want to locate, live, and work in, both through preserving a competitive, progressive tax environment but also providing good quality public services". Improving on that performance in the election in June would be hard, but it could well do better than the 50% share of the vote it achieved at the last general election in 2015 - particularly as it has used the fact that Scotland voted against Brexit as its main argument for calling for another independence referendum.

"It will be a very different election from previous ones".

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