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You looked down the camera and you looked at the audience and you promised people that if there was no change in support for independence, there wouldn't be another independence referendum. Everyone remembers you standing there before the election saying 'oh, don't worry, it's safe to vote SNP. If there's no change in support for independence, there will be no referendum.feedback
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Ruth Davidson has most recently been quoted in an article called Ruth Davidson branded Theresa May's puppet in Scottish election debate. Ruth Davidson said, “Nicola Sturgeon says she wants a seat at the Brexit table but she wants Scotland to be out of the UK and into the eurozone. I ask myself, which side of the table does she want to be sat on?”. Ruth Davidson has been quoted a grand total of 71 times in 43 articles.
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Nicola Sturgeon is treating Scotland's fishing communities with utter contempt. The SNP cannot have it both ways. Scotland's fishing communities will not be fooled by them. Fishermen see great opportunities after Brexit so the most important thing for their industry is to secure the best deal for Scotland and the whole of the UK when we leave the EU.feedback

The SNP's scaremongering has been exposed for the trash it is. Scotland's fishing leaders have directly contradicted her to make it clear they are satisfied with the UK government's approach. If Nicola Sturgeon has even a shred of decency, she will retract her absurd claims.feedback

We're in the mix or ahead of the game in the Borders, Dumfries and Galloway, bits of Ayrshire, Renfrewshire, Edinburgh, Perthshire, Stirlingshire, Angus, right the way up to Banffshire, Aberdeenshire and across to Moray. But we are the underdogs in this. We're taking nothing for granted. We know we've got to work really, really hard to take first-past-the-post seats at the next election. They stopped English people buying things in shops on a Sunday and then they talked about English people hunting foxes. What else have they done in legislative terms to bring back as a success for Scotland?feedback

I'm not sure what Scotland has gotten out of 54 SNP MPs for the last two years. What policy triumphs have they got to talk about?feedback

We go into this election with one seat. They go into with 54 – and most of them with large majorities. Even to challenge the Nationalists in some of these seats is going to take a Herculean effort. Make no mistake – we are the underdogs going into this campaign. But we also know this. The SNP is not Scotland. And people across this country don't take kindly to Nicola Sturgeon pretending the opposite is true.feedback

It's to bring the SNP down to size; to show they can't take Scotland for granted; to show that we, the Scottish Conservatives, can lead Scotland's fightback against the SNP.feedback

Only the Scottish Conservatives have the strength to fight back against the SNP. We will stand up for everyone who doesn't want a second referendum on independence.feedback

I think should Angus Robertson's seat fall, I think that's a real Ed Balls moment for Scotland.feedback

It's a very pro-Union part of the country, and it was the most pro-Brexit area of Scotland. I also think for those people, the 50.1 per cent of people in Moray who voted Remain, similar to thousands of people across Scotland who voted Remain that are also pro-Union, they are really angry. I don't think anybody has cottoned on to how angry pro-UK Remainers are that Nicola Sturgeon, Angus Robertson and others have hijacked their Remain vote to be a proxy vote for independence. People are furious about it.feedback

Nicola Sturgeon is treating the electorate like fools. She thinks she can face both ways on fishing, the EU and independence, promising all things to all people.feedback

The First Minister risks turning herself into a laughing stock here. For the last few months, everyone in Scotland has seen her do nothing else but campaign for an unwanted second independence referendum.feedback

If the first minister does not like the two-child tax policy, she can change it. But the truth is that the first minister is always happier complaining about the UK government than she is doing anything herself. The way that the SNP is readying itself to pour negativity on this country at this election is shameful.feedback

We know the SNP will use this campaign to try and manufacture a case for separation. And with Jeremy Corbyn having already said he is 'absolutely fine' with an immediate referendum, we also know that Labour can't be relied to stand up to them. By contrast, the Scottish Conservatives have the strength right across Scotland to stand up for people who oppose the SNP's plans.feedback

Make no mistake – the SNP is still the dominant force in Scotland, and it will be a massive challenge for my party to take the fight to them ahead of June 8. But this is a much more vulnerable party than it was in 2015. And it is now a rejuvenated Scottish Conservative party which is prepared to lead the charge.feedback

It matters not the question; the answer is always independence.feedback

Five times in six months the will of the Scottish parliament has been clear and five times in six months this SNP government has chosen to ignore it. Will the SNP explain [to the public] why votes on crucial issues such as health and education funding and enterprise and energy should be wilfully ignored by the SNP government, but when it comes to independence and only when it comes to independence, Holyrood is sacrosanct?feedback

Most people in Scotland are sick to death of the SNP's games. They don't want another referendum any time soon, just three years after the last one. It was about a well-rehearsed game to put forward unworkable proposals, wait for Westminster politicians to point that out, then rush to any nearby microphone – angry face attached – to trot out the same old tired complaints. How different things are today.feedback

Most people in Scotland are sick to death of the SNP's games. They don't want another referendum any time soon, just three years after the last one. It was about a well-rehearsed game to put forward unworkable proposals, wait for Westminster politicians to point that out, then rush to any nearby microphone – angry face attached – to trot out the same old tired complaints. This bulldozer approach is completely at odds with the way the 2014 referendum was held.feedback

There are people right across Scotland, many, many thousands of them, that are so thankful for the Prime Minister to say let's take a pause on this.feedback

I spent 10 years as a journalist and I've now spent six years as a politician and I'm not sure I could combine them both. I work a pretty busy week as it is and ... I'm not sure I could do both at the same time, if I'm honest.feedback

And that is because there is no clear political or public consent for this to take place. The country – and our parliament – is divided not over just the question of independence, but over whether we should even hold a referendum or not.feedback

We reject conclusively the timetable for a referendum set out by the Scottish government. For a key reason – because it is unfair to Scottish voters. We have just come through a referendum campaign when a key complaint among many people was that they did not have the necessary information to help them make an informed decision. If we were to keep to the first minister's timetable, this is exactly what would happen in Scotland, too. On the most important political decision a country can make, we would be voting blind.feedback

Is it not true, though, that independent forecasts suggest independence would put Scotland £11bn in the red? So I issue a direct challenge. If next Wednesday, the Scottish parliament votes for a second referendum, will the Tories respect the will of this parliament?feedback

The Scottish Conservatives reject the proposals set out by the first minister on Monday. A referendum cannot happen when the people of Scotland have not been given the opportunity to see how our new relationship with the European Union is working. And it should not take place when there is no clear political or public consent for it to happen. Our country does not want to go back to the divisions and uncertainty of the last few years.feedback

The SNP's plans to impose a referendum on independence in Scotland have unravelled within 24 hours. Nicola Sturgeon is demanding that people are forced to make another choice on their future in as little as 18 months. And yet faced with reasonable questions about what independence means, she and her ministers cannot answer.feedback

These are surreal comments. How can he say the SNP is focussed on negotiations with the UK government when Nicola Sturgeon has just broken off those talks to unilaterally declare another divisive referendum on independence? Everyone knows where the SNP has invested all its attention since the EU referendum – in trying to break up Britain.feedback

The SNP is trying to have it both ways. It is demanding a referendum because of our decision to leave the European Union. But, in order to keep leave voters on board, it won't say whether Scotland would seek to get back in.feedback

Nicola Sturgeon has today chosen the path of further division and uncertainty. We will vote against any request for a section 30 next week.feedback

Nicola Sturgeon has just admitted what everybody already knew - that the SNP is hell bent on taking Scotland back to another divisive independence referendum and will use any excuse to do so. She knows that a referendum would inflict further damage on Scotland's economy. It is therefore deeply irresponsible for the First Minister of Scotland to cast this cloud of uncertainty over our future.feedback

It is time to get rid of the waffle, and the theories that have failed – and restore Scotland's reputation as providing the best education in the world.feedback

We must take this opportunity to bring our United Kingdom closer together because the Union which we all care about is not simply a constitutional artefact. It is a union of people, affections and loyalties…The existence of our Union rests on some simple but powerful principles: solidarity, unity, family.feedback

I would be confident of victory. By the end of the last campaign Yes had already crossed over to be in the lead in the polls and we won by 10 points. At the moment they are polling way below what they were doing then. I think the arguments are weaker and I think the people of Scotland are just as switched on as they were three years ago so I think there's every chance that we would win by a wider margin. Folk aren't daft – they can see through that.feedback

[The] Scottish National Party should have the good grace to accept that many of its own demands – including the protection of workers' rights, and the protection of rights for the EU citizens in Britain and cross-border cooperation on tackling crime – have been recognised by the UK government.feedback

I am childless. I have nieces and nephews. I believe I - like everyone else - have a very real stake in our country.feedback

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