SNP election campaign pledges NHS protection and new independence vote
The SNP, which has run Scotland's government since 2007, promised a bill to stop the NHS being a "bargaining chip" in post-Brexit trade talks.…
The Scottish National Party leader and first minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon has launched her party's election campaign in Edinburgh putting Brexit and Scottish independence at the centre of the SNP's election strategy. She said she'd be willing to cooperate with a Labour government led by Jeremy Corbyn. She ruled out a formal coalition but said she could support Labour on a vote-by-vote basis as long as the Scottish Parliament was granted the right to hold a second independence referendum and given more powers.
Huw Edwards presents tonight's BBC News at Ten with the BBC's political editor Laura Kuenssberg interviewing First Minister Nicola Sturgeon. Contributions also from Scotland editor Sarah Smith, Ireland correspondent Chris Page and political correspondent Alex Forsyth. Nicola Sturgeon, First Minister of Scotland, says country's vote to remain in EU in the 2016 Brexit referendum has been ignored by U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson and promises to hold new independence referendum. The House of Commons has elected Sir Lindsay Hoyle as its new Speaker, succeeding John Bercow, a few days before the official election campaign gets under way on Wednesday. Sir Lindsay - originally a Labour MP - was formerly deputy Speaker and he secured a significant majority in the final round of voting. The Speaker's role has been crucial in recent years -- as the UK Parliament has struggled to deal with the Brexit crisis.
Meanwhile, doctors and health service leaders in England have warned party leaders against using the NHS as a 'political weapon' during the general election campaign and we tell you more on how political parties have stepped up their campaigns on social media in recent days.
Huw Edwards presents the BBC News at Ten and unravels the day's events with the BBC's chief political correspondent Vicki Young, health editor Hugh Pym, Scotland editor Sarah Smith and media editor Amol Rajan. Two prominent Eurosceptics have announced plans for May's EU Parliamentary elections. France's Marine Le Pen and UK's Nigel Farage made announcements over the weekend related to EU elections. …