Starmer rebuff Sturgeon call for Scottish independence referendum

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Keir Starmer has dismissed Nicola Sturgeon’s call for the next general election to be turned into a referendum on independence, a news report has stated. The First Minister and Liz Truss have been at loggerheads over UK Government’s refusal to agree to indyref2.

Mr Starmer said that the general election would be choice between his party and the “disastrous” record of the Conservatives rather than indyref2.

Writing exclusively for the Record, Starmer said: “The next election is not going to be about independence.

“It’s going to be a choice between the disastrous record of the Tories over the last 12 years and change.

“In Aberdeen, Manchester, Liverpool, Dundee, London, Glasgow – in every town and city across these islands there is a majority for change.”

Ms Sturgeon had said she wants a referendum on Scottish independence to take place on 19 October 2023.

The UK Supreme Court is now going to decide if she has the legal powers to press ahead with the vote – with a key case to be heard in October

If the Supreme Court rules that Holyrood cannot organise a referendum unilaterally, the First Minister has said the next Westminster election will be a “de facto” vote on independence.

Mr Starmer said there were “so many people” whose families previously voted Labour but switched to the SNP.

He said: “They felt frustration with the Tories, but didn’t believe that Labour could beat them.

“When I became leader of the UK Labour Party, I knew that it would take a power of work to rebuild the trust we had lost.

“Under the leadership of Anas Sarwar and I, we are starting to see real progress.

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“Because while the SNP use this woeful Tory government as cover for their own failures, we want to get rid of them now.

“But it’s not enough for the Tories and the SNP to deserve to lose, Labour must deserve to win.”

A recent poll has suggested that Labour party has extended its lead over Prime Minister Liz Truss’s Conservative Party to 19 points.

The opinion polls conducted by market research company Opinium were revealed last weekend on the eve of the Conservatives annual conference.

The Opinium poll, based on a survey of 2,000 British adults between September 28 and 30, showed support for Labour had risen to 46 percent, up by 7 percentage points since the last poll on August 31-September 2, while Conservative support dropped by the same amount to 27 percent.

Around 55 percent of those surveyed disapproved of the job Truss was doing, versus 18 percent who approved, a negative net approval rating of -37.

The results were in line with the recent survey by YouGov that gave a 33-point lead to Labour party over the Conservatives.

The YouGov poll of voting intention conducted over Wednesday and Thursday showed 54 percent support for Labour and 21 percent for the Conservatives.

It was a survey of more than 1,700 British adults.

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