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NEW May 27 2017
“With the prospect of a reelected and increasingly hardline government at Westminster, it is more vital than ever that Scotland's voice is heard.” said Nicola Sturgeon speaking about Scottish independence. It’s one of the 733 quotes about Scottish independence you can find on this page. 298 people have said something about this topic. Among them: Ruth Davidson and Theresa May. Browse the quotes by date and by name to find those that are relevant to you.
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All quotes about Scottish independence

Neil Mitchell

When they went to presentations by Goodwin, they weren't just encouraged to put their bonus in, but to put their savings in, even to go and borrow money.feedback

Oli Claydon

The key thing is a lot of the rainfall that's likely to come over the weekend is showers and some may get it and some may not. It is variable but where those showers do occur they could be quite intense. It's an absolutely gorgeous day, there is lots of sunshine around. There is some cloud starting to move into western Northern Ireland but otherwise it is a clear and sunny day for the rest of Great Britain.feedback

Oli Claydon

If you were to draw a line from the Wash (East Anglia) to the Bristol Channel, anywhere south of that is likely to get fairly intense thundery showers. Not everyone will necessarily see them but where you do see them they will be quite intense.feedback

Barack Obama

I want to be respectful of the office and give the President-elect an opportunity to put forward his platform and his arguments without somebody popping off in every instance. I love the law, intellectually. I love nutting out these problems, wrestling with these arguments. I love teaching. I miss the classroom and engaging with students.feedback

Gareth Southgate

The Scotland game is one of football's great fixtures. We're in a place in the group where a win can really put us in a very strong position, and that's what we want to achieve. France is a great challenge for us. Our ambition with our friendly matches is to play the best possible teams – we've done that by playing Spain and Germany already. They're teams we want to test ourselves against and these are great opportunities to learn and improve.feedback

Robert Hildyard

We must have certainty one way or another ... and that must be made clear.feedback

Phil Gormley

What we did in the immediate aftermath [of the attack] was substantially increase the number of armed officers available deployed across Scotland particularly to crowded places. We have plans to be able to maintain that for the foreseeable future.feedback

Nicola Sturgeon

With the prospect of a reelected and increasingly hardline government at Westminster, it is more vital than ever that Scotland's voice is heard.feedback

Nicola Sturgeon

And a vote for the SNP will also strengthen Scotland's right to choose our own future. This election won't decide whether or not Scotland will become independent - but a vote for the SNP will reinforce the right of the Scottish Parliament to decide when the nation should be given a choice on its future, and will make sure that Scotland's future is always in Scotland's hands.feedback

Jonathan Nash

The present position is that the majority of claimants have indicated their willingness to accept the latest offer from the defendant. There now appears to be a good prospect that within the course of today the remaining claimants, or nearly all, will confirm they will also agree in principle so as to bring a practical end to the proceedings. There will come a time when the claimants must simply realise that it is incumbent on them to make up their minds whether to continue with the litigation.feedback

Peter Tatchell

Britain is celebrating the anniversary of the 1967 act, but in fact anti-gay laws were enforced more aggressively by the state after it was passed. The 50th anniversary in July of the Sexual Offences Act 1967 will be marked by celebratory events, from Queer British Art at the Tate to the BBC’s Gay Britannia season. I feel ambivalent about the celebrations: 1967 was progress, but the criminalisation of homosexuality in the UK did not in fact end until 2013. The 1967 act was just a start. It was the first gay law reform since 1533, when anal sex was made a crime during Henry VIII’s reign; all other sexual acts between men were outlawed in the Victorian era, in 1885.feedback

Gordon Strachan

We feel that Toulon will be better for him to get three games in a short period. He can breathe and enjoy himself without too much pressure [in Toulon] whereas when he steps out here there is too much pressure. Oliver is going to be a top top player, all he needs now is games. It is unfair to expect too much from Oliver when his is not getting a game [for Leipzig].feedback

Kezia Dugdale

It is very clear to me that we are 20 years on from that Good Friday Agreement and that transformed Northern Ireland. And we must do everything we can to maintain peace in Northern Ireland and that's a commitment in this manifesto and it's one that wouldn't have happened if we hadn't have a Labour government and it is exactly why we need a Labour government again. If, like me, you want to break the hold that nationalism has on our politics, vote for the only party that can defeat the SNP in most places in Scotland - the Labour Party.feedback

Claire Austin - NHS Lothian

There's thousands and thousands of u filled positions and the reason for that is it's so low paid. It's not a sustainable income. We can't live on it. We've had eight years and no pay rise and we are now having to strike. I would rather leave nursing than have to strike because you have no idea how demoralising it is.feedback

Kezia Dugdale

I want a Labour government – but if the polls are right the Tories will be back and more destructive than ever before. So who do you trust to stand up to the Tories? Labour MPs who understand your life because they have lived it? Or SNP MPs who will use every bit of Tory cruelty to exploit the case for another independence referendum?feedback

Ruth Davidson

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

Nicola Sturgeon

At this election we can send the SNP a message they can't ignore and with your help we can stop them and in so doing we can get back to the issues that really matter. [Ruth Davidson] says I talk about nothing else, the truth is she talks so much about independence that I can't get a word in edgeways about it. Ruth Davidson is using independence as a smokescreen in this campaign because she knows the Tory record and Tory policies are toxic.feedback

Angus Robertson

I just think it is unimaginable, if there is a UK Tory party victory across the rest of the UK but in Scotland the SNP is returned, that they can just continuously turn their backs on the democratically expressed views of the people of this country. Of course there will be a referendum because the people have determined that we should have a choice about our future.feedback

Ruth Davidson

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?feedback

John Bradney

I think it's important that they face the music.feedback

Rupert Younger

It'll be a chance for those people who have lost a lot of money to see who they regard as the perpetrator of this face their day in court.feedback

Angus Robertson

If the people of Scotland determine that they want SNP representatives at Westminster representing our collective interests, we will all have been sent there to stand up for the rights of the Scottish Parliament, the Scottish Government and the mandate that the Scottish people gave in the last Scottish Parliament election. Are we really in a position where the Tories are saying that the people of Scotland will not be able to determine their own future because of what, an opinion poll?feedback

Howard Davies - Royal Bank of Scotland

If we do not reach settlement with the remaining claimants, we will defend ourselves vigorously when the trial starts on 22 May.feedback

Howard Davies - Royal Bank of Scotland

The settlement does not constitute any admission of liability by the bank, but allows us to minimise material litigation expense and management distraction.feedback

Ian Blackford

The question is where will the funding come from? Last year, that cost £158 million in Scotland. We need to make sure, if the Conservatives are saying that winter fuel payments are going to be protected, that the funding for that comes from the Westminster Government in order that we can do that. This will become a devolved competency over the course of the lifetime of this parliament so we need to make sure that people in Scotland are not going to be short-changed by the Conservatives. We have a commitment to keep the triple lock through the lifetime of the next parliament.feedback

Paul Wheelhouse

The Scottish government remains strongly committed to the development of offshore wind energy, as this key low-carbon technology offers a huge economic opportunity for Scotland. Clearly, protecting Scotland's marine environment is of paramount importance and at the heart of the Scottish government's approach to offshore renewable energy applications, and we are keen to work constructively with the RSPB and renewable energy developers to ensure the sector has a bright future in Scotland.feedback

Stuart Housden - The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds

We are hugely disappointed by today's judgment. Whilst we fully support deployment of renewable energy, this must not be at any cost. Combined, these four huge projects threaten to kill thousands of Scotland's internationally protected seabirds every year, including thousands of puffins, gannets and kittiwakes. These could be amongst the most deadly windfarms for birds anywhere in the world.feedback

Kevin McKenna

Children should be encouraged to walk to school to help us tackle the childhood obesity problem. It was surely only a matter of time – that being a commodity Doctor Who possesses in abundance – before he would get to encounter space zombies on his intergalactic travels. Thus in last week’s episode we saw Peter Capaldi putting the boot into a colony of the intergalactic undead and emerge with nary a ruffle of his big hair and long coat.feedback

Ian Blackford

When you look at what they are doing with the winter fuel allowance, they are all over the place, saying different things to different people in different parts of the UK. The question is where will the funding come from? Last year, that cost £158m in Scotland. We need to make sure, if the Conservatives are saying that winter fuel payments are going to be protected, that the funding for that comes from the Westminster government in order that we can do that.feedback

Ruth Davidson

Today, I want to speak directly to Labour party voters across Scotland ... The truth is, your party has left you, not the other way around. It may well find its way back. But you know, and I know, it won't be at this election. So let me do a job for you. In great swathes of the country, it is only the Scottish Conservatives who are strong enough to take on the SNP. And in many places we can only win, if you join with us.feedback

Ann Fearon

I am angered and frustrated by this. There is no getting away from the fact it's been an extremely difficult day, and having that number of people illegally on your grounds is very annoying and worrying.feedback

Angus Robertson

Theresa May flew into Edinburgh today to deliver one simple message to the people of Scotland - get back in your box. This carbon copy manifesto confirms beyond doubt that Tory MPs from Scotland will simply rubber-stamp Theresa May's plans and endorse the damage she is determined to do to households and our economy. The Tories have done more to divide society, create instability and destroy opportunities for young people than any other government in living memory - now they are asking people to vote for them to fix the problems that they have created.feedback

Tim Farron

The Tories are utter hypocrites. How can they take cash off English pensioners and then give it to Scottish pensioners? It looks like a cheap election bung and it won't wash. It is utterly scandalous that the Conservatives want to axe the triple lock and now do this. Theresa May and her ministers are just taking pensioners and their votes for granted. They don't seem to care about them.feedback

John McDonnell

Yesterday the Conservative party abandoned older people. There was a triple whammy: the tearing up of the triple lock, the attack on the winter fuel allowance and the plans on care costs, so people can lose their homes.feedback

Theresa May

Well, we have devolution in the United Kingdom and as a government we have given the Scottish Government significant powers in relation to welfare, and they make a number of decisions about various welfare benefits in Scotland. The decision we have made about winter fuel payments is that we will continue to ensure that the least well-off pensioners are supported but there is a principle of fairness. You see well-off pensioners getting help with their fuel bill and struggling ordinary families not having that help available.feedback

Ross McEwan - Royal Bank of Scotland

One of the reasons I was keen to get it resolved and put some money on the table was so that the bank could move forward again. The media will be very interested, and it will take the organization back to 2008.feedback

Ruth Davidson

The SNP has failed a generation – and it is time they were held to account.feedback

Angus Robertson

This carbon copy manifesto confirms beyond doubt that Tory MPs from Scotland will simply rubber stamp Theresa May's plans and endorse the damage she is determined to do to households and our economy.feedback

Andrew Gwynne

When the Scottish Tory Leader comes out against her own Party's attack on pensioner incomes I think it's fair to say the policy is starting to unravel. The Tory attack on pensioners' Winter Fuel Allowance is unfair and outrageous, and lays bare the threat they pose to pensioners' security and living standards. The Tories should admit they've got it wrong, apologise and drop it immediately.feedback

Ruth Davidson

We've made a different choice in Scotland, in our Scottish manifesto today. We believe that there shouldn't be means testing for the winter fuel payment. The reason that we've said that is - as many of your viewers will acknowledge - Scotland has a colder climate. We also have a different amount of housing stock. Devolution allows you to make different decisions. I want to use that money in terms of the winter fuel payment. Down South, my colleagues want to put that into the health service.feedback

Alex Salmond

The Scottish Tories are mired in complete and utter confusion on the constitution. There is already a cast-iron democratic mandate for Scotland to have a choice, based on last year's Holyrood election and the subsequent vote of the Scottish Parliament.feedback

Theresa May

As Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, I care just as much about the futures of children from Ayrshire and Angus as I do about the futures of children in Kent or Carlisle. I want everyone in our country to have the chance to live secure and prosperous lives, and reach their full potential. That is because of a simple truth. Across the United Kingdom, we may be four nations, but at heart we are one people. We all have a stake in each other's success.feedback

Ruth Davidson

Within our United Kingdom today, great disparities exist. So a unionist government will take action to close these gaps and bring our nations and people together.feedback

Ruth Davidson

A vote for any other party is a vote to weaken our union, to weaken our negotiating hand in Europe and to put our future prosperity and security at risk. If we fail, the consequences for the United Kingdom and for the economic security of ordinary working people will be dire.feedback

Nicola Sturgeon

Tory MPs from Scotland will be rubber-stamps for whatever Theresa May wants them to do, so if we want to have strong voices of opposition standing up for Scotland given the big challenges that lie ahead, then we need to make sure that there are SNP voices doing that.feedback

Theresa May

Only the Conservative and Unionist Party has the strength and credibility to stand up to the Nationalists and defend our United Kingdom.feedback

Nicola Sturgeon

S no getting away. Every poll that's published in Scotland shows that the SNP is on course to win this election and win it comprehensively. The Tories are doing better, there's no getting away from that. They're doing better largely at the expense of Labour. What we've seen over the past few years in Scotland is a collapse in the Labour vote - much of it has turned to the SNP - we're now seeing Labour lose a lot of its remaining support to the Conservatives.feedback

James Kelly

Ruth Davidson wants people to believe that she's a different kind of Tory, but the reality is that the Scottish Tories are the party of the 'rape clause' and a hard Brexit. The Tories' reckless Brexit gamble has given the Nationalists the excuse they have been looking for to try to force another divisive independence referendum.feedback

David Mundell

The "key commitment. From the Borders to the North Sea, this manifesto delivers for Scotland. It shows that a re-elected Conservative government will continue to ensure that Scotland benefits from its membership of the United Kingdom. All this is underpinned by the key commitment in today's manifesto - and that is to say no to the SNP's reckless plan for a second referendum so Scotland can move on, together.feedback

John McDonnell

This is a savage attack on vulnerable pensioners, particularly those who are just about managing. We will not stand by and allow so many of them to be back in a situation where they have to choose whether they heat or eat.feedback

Theresa May

The more seats we win on June 8 the stronger Scotland's voice will be.feedback

Leanne Wood

You may be too scared to come her tonight for your U-turns to be highlighted... you want this election to only be about Brexit.feedback

Angus Robertson

The Tories have made a rod for their own back, because if they now fail to win the election in Scotland they have no basis whatsoever on which to continue to thwart the will of the Scottish Parliament. Now more than ever we need strong SNP voices to stand up against the Tories in Westminster.feedback

Peter Hahn

It went for the Hail Mary pass. That delayed a lot of the recovery.feedback

Laith Khalaf - Hargreaves Lansdown

If the government sold at a loss it wouldn't make particularly pleasant headlines for the Treasury, but they seem to be coming round to acceptance that they may have to do that.feedback

Callum McCaig

They can no longer call themselves a party that supports public services, given this anti-democratic pact with a right-wing Tory party obsessed with austerity and cuts. People across Aberdeen and the rest of Scotland now know where Labour's priorities lie – they put jumping into bed with the Tories ahead of any principle. The SNP won this local election in Aberdeen decisively, yet we face being locked out of office by a Labour party that is now committed to cutting public services rather than engaging with our progressive programme to improve people's lives across Aberdeen.feedback

Michael Stemmle - Royal Bank of Scotland

This funding will finance our international expansion and help strengthen our management team. It will also fuel our production of cutting edge cloud computing-based Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) products that can ensure our clients are ahead of the curve. It really is crunch time for the sector and this funding allows us to be at our best when our clients need us most.feedback

James Kelly

Rather than break down the barriers that hold the poorest in our country from getting a fair chance in life, the SNP government has simply broken promise after promise. Whether it was scrapping the council tax, cutting classroom sizes or abolishing student debt the SNP's promises have not been worth the paper their manifestos have been printed on. The biggest SNP broken promise of all is that an independence referendum would a once in a lifetime event. Instead Nicola Sturgeon is gearing up to divide Scotland once again.feedback

Donald J. Trump

I'll meet scores of leaders. We've taken the lighthouse, which is a very, very important building in Florida – I mean, in Scotland – and we've taken that building and made it something really special. It has incredible suites. Golfers will stop and they'll have something to eat.feedback

Donald J. Trump

This is one of the big votes in the history of Europe and Scotland and everywhere.feedback

Paul Bowen

The fact that the election court has found you guilty doesn't have to mean you're found guilty in the criminal court.feedback

Ian Gordon

That was one of RBS's biggest mistakes, spending two billion pounds on an abandoned standalone project, it defies belief both before and after the event that they took that route.feedback

James Kelly

This is a pathetic attack from the Scottish Tories, who are desperate to cover up the deep splits within their own party over Brexit.feedback

Nicola Sturgeon

Over the past 10 years we have worked every day to make Scotland a better country. And we have made real progress to be proud of. The SNP has only reached the milestone of 10 years in government because we have worked hard - each and every day - to repay the trust of the people of Scotland and deliver on their priorities. I know we are not perfect. We haven't got everything right and there is much more work still to do. Work to grow our economy, get more people into employment and drive up standards in our schools even further.feedback

Nicola Sturgeon

I know we're not perfect, we haven't got everything right, and there is so much more work still to do. Work to grow our economy, get more people into employment and drive up standards in our schools even further. But we can be proud in Scotland that when it comes to progressive policies, we are leading the UK. Scotland has come a long way over the last ten years – but the next few years will be hugely important in determining the kind of country we become.feedback

Ken Marsh

It is disappointing because we will never cease to try and get the perpetrator who killed Yvonne Fletcher. We still cling on to hope we will get who did it.feedback

Kezia Dugdale

This manifesto is a radical vision for a country that works for the many, not just a privileged few. A Labour government will redistribute wealth and power across the UK. Labour's manifesto gives voters a real choice: a fairer Scotland for the many, not the few; or a Scotland caught between the two extremes of Tory and SNP nationalism.feedback

Adam Tomkins

A vote for Labour would be a vote for chaos as the party tears itself apart and descends deeper into division. Even for people who have been sympathetic to Labour in the past, that is a disastrous prospect. We know Jeremy Corbyn is 'absolutely fine' with a second independence referendum and would strike a deal with the SNP in an instant if that's what he had to do to form a government. More than half of Scottish Labour's candidates are ardent Corbynistas who would happily go along with anything he says.feedback

Rory MacPherson

Saw a wild otter today. I am not sure I like otters anymore! He's biting my feet. Oh you would not want a bite off of him, b****y hell. What are you doing pal? I'm getting chased by an otter. Where did it go?feedback

Stephen Gethins

Clearly, the 2013 advice was written long before Brexit and made clear that full EU membership was the best option for Scotland – that is still our position, and it is only fair that Scotland has a choice on its future once the terms of leaving the EU are clear. But with the prospect of a hard Brexit looming, the immediate priority should be our continued place in the single market, and the protection it affords in terms of jobs and investment.feedback

Ruth Davidson

My hope is that, in Scotland, our decades-long obsession with the constitution may soon be coming to an end - and we can start using the enormous powers of our Parliament to improve the actual fabric of our country.feedback

Deirdre Brock

This is a lesson in double-think from Ruth Davidson, whose own political message could not be more 'tribal' - it is Orwellian to lecture others on nationalism when she's the one who drapes herself in a flag and drives around in a tank.feedback

Nicola Sturgeon

For me, this is a question of, at the end of the Brexit process, does Scotland get a choice about our future. At the end of the Brexit process, I believe people in Scotland should have a choice over our future.feedback

Murdo Fraser

The SNP knows its chaotic approach on issues like currency helped Scots reach the conclusion we are better off part of the UK. Yet still Nicola Sturgeon doesn't seem to have any coherent position on this. To simply say a separate Scotland would blithely use the pound until something better came along is flimsy, insincere and further damages the SNP's reputation on the economy.feedback

Nicola Sturgeon

So I was simply saying that there may be the prospect of a phased return for Scotland to the EU where we would be in Efta, the EEA, on an interim basis. We have argued and continue to argue either for it to be scrapped or for fundamental reform of the Common Fisheries Policy.feedback

Nicola Sturgeon

What I am saying in this election is that we have an opportunity, by how we vote, to give those proposals democratic legitimacy. And, by voting for the SNP, to give me the ability to strengthen Scotland's hands in those [Brexit] negotiations, get a seat at the negotiating table and argue for Scotland's place in the single market. Because we as the Scottish government, the SNP, are not in charge of the Brexit process right now we don't know exactly what that is going to be like, how that is going to unfold.feedback

Jackson Carlaw

She says she wants to decide how Brexit is designed for the whole of the UK - even though SNP Ministers want that deal to fail. At the same time, she also wants to impose an independence referendum campaign on Scotland to try and split the UK in two. It is a ridiculous position to take.feedback

Charles Powell

It is going to be a pretty rotten start to the week for some, particularly western and northwestern regions, western Scotland and perhaps parts of Wales and the southwest. We are expecting heavy rain and some strong winds as a low pressure system barrels in from the Atlantic. This will bring a couple of inches of rain to some parts and winds will reach gale force.feedback

Darien Huss - Proofpoint

I highly suspect that, with the amount of coverage that this incident is getting, there are probably already people that are working to incorporate the exploit that was used for spreading.feedback

James Heappey

Why don't you f*** off back to Scotland? I made a comment - intended only as a joke - but it was inappropriate and I am deeply sorry for any offence caused. I wrote to [the pupil] soon after the school brought her concerns to my attention and apologised unreservedly.feedback

Nicola Sturgeon

I've been very open that this is not good enough. They've made certain recommendations to us about how we improve the teaching of literacy and numeracy. Right now we've got a new national improvement framework, we have an attainment challenge, we have an attainment fund putting significant extra resources into education. But we have had some advice that we need to have more of a focus in our curriculum on literacy and numeracy and that's exactly what we're doing right now, so we've introduced new benchmarks for the teaching of literacy and numeracy.feedback

Nicola Sturgeon

If Scotland is independent, our position always has been, as long as I've been in the SNP and continues to be, that we want Scotland to be a full member of the European Union. We don't want to go into the Euro and no member of the EU can be forced into the Euro and Sweden is one of the examples of that. Now we have to set out, if we're in an independence referendum - and we're not in that right now - the process for regaining or retaining, depending on where we are in the Brexit process, EU membership. Now it may be that we have a phased approach to that by necessity.feedback

Nicola Sturgeon

I've been very open that this is not good enough. We have had some advice that we need to have more of a focus in our curriculum on literacy and numeracy and that's exactly what we're doing right now. On literacy and numeracy we have a particular challenge, but on many other measures of Scottish education that is just not true.feedback

Jackson Carlaw

Now, in a cynical attempt to win back Leave voters who have deserted the SNP, she now refuses to say whether an independent Scotland would go back in. And her flirtation with Efta would leave us with all the obligations but no voice in decision-making. Nobody is going to be fooled by these political games. Everybody knows the only principle the SNP has is not to get the best deal on Brexit, but how to use Brexit to bolster their case for separation.feedback

Robert Snodgrass

It's massive. I don't think you'll get a bigger game in a Scotland jersey than this one. It's huge.feedback

Robert Snodgrass

It's been good for a lot of reasons. The football side for me – in terms of scoring and creating goals – hasn't really been at the level I've had in the past but other teams have played me in right midfield, which has allowed me to cut inside or in behind the striker. Playing left midfield a lot at West Ham has been tough but the manager has put me there and I've got every faith in what he's doing. The management staff and the fans have been tremendous.feedback

Robert Snodgrass

There are lots of pictures of the West Ham guys who have done so well with England around the new stadium. It's funny because the players' liaison guy at West Ham, Tim De'ath, is now also the players' liaison guy for England as well. We've been having banter already about the game. It's been good craic because he's such a good guy. He's been massive for me along the way helping me settle in. It's important that a club has someone like him, guys who know the people, know the city and understand what you're looking for.feedback

Robert Snodgrass

We've had a couple of chats. We've spoken about my position but then the lads have done really well so I've had to bide my time.feedback

Robert Snodgrass

The other staff have been great in helping me to settle, too. I feel like I've been there for five years so it's been great in that respect. I've settled really well with the boys. It's one of the best squads I've been in, but on the football side it's taken a bit longer to get going. It's one we've all been looking forward to. Wembley is out of the way – and that horrible taste in the mouth. If we'd taken our chances we'd have probably won that game. To now have them in our own back yard with a packed house will be huge.feedback

Robert Snodgrass

He won't be getting any thanks off me on June 10. If we beat them I'll be absolutely abusing him afterwards.feedback

Robert Snodgrass

They just get it. Tim is exactly that. He's such a down to earth lad. He's right up my street. I've already thanked him a lot of times for all the help he's given me, but I've also told him I want to beat his team on June 10. I think all of them will be cheering for England but it'll be massive for us if we get that result.feedback

Gordon Rintoul

The Galloway hoard is of outstanding international significance and we are absolutely delighted that QLTR has decided to allocate it to NMS. We now have six months to raise £1.98 million to acquire this unique treasure for the nation and ensure it can be enjoyed by future generations both at home and abroad.feedback

Sharon McKee

We are honoured and feel privileged to have saved this internationally significant treasure and we look forward to the many exciting discoveries that will be further revealed. We cannot wait for its eventual display in Scotland's National Museum.feedback

Stewart Hosie

Brexit is a constitutional issue. It's only fair that Scotland gets a choice on its future once the terms of Brexit are clear - and that should be a decision for Scotland, not Westminster Tories.feedback

David Bartholomew

We were searching elsewhere when Derek initially thought he'd discovered a Viking gaming piece. A short time later he ran over to us waving a silver arm-ring and shouting 'Viking.feedback

David Bartholomew

It was tremendously exciting, especially when we noticed the silver cross lying face-downwards. It was poking out from under the pile of silver ingots and decorated arm-rings, with a finely wound silver chain still attached to it. It was a heart-stopping moment.feedback

David Harvie

This Viking hoard is one of the most important finds ever discovered in Scotland and is of international significance. I am pleased to announce that I am minded to accept the recommendation of the Scottish Archaeological Finds Allocation Panel (SAFAP) that these wonderful items be allocated to National Museums Scotland, subject to it meeting the ex gratia award which would then be payable to the finder.feedback

Evelyn Silber

The panel is grateful to the finder for reporting these stunning artefacts which include decorative glass beads, silver bracelets and brooches, a gold ring a bird-shaped gold pin and a highly-decorated gilt vessel recognised as being one of only three known examples. These will now be preserved and put on display for the people of Scotland, and the world, to enjoy. The mysterious circumstances of their deposition and unique quality will attract researchers and enthusiasts alike.feedback

Martin Johnson

I came from a bit of a broken background. Dad was in the military, then mum and dad got divorced and we were quite poor. The Chinese half of my mum's family were running a restaurant in Coventry, so we ended up there. I think you learn more about yourself when things aren't going well. You learn more about your character, resolve and will.feedback

Paul Drechsler

Everybody knows that business abhors uncertainty. And it doesn't matter how keen Scottish businesses are to thrive, at the moment there's more than enough uncertainty to go round. That's why we at the CBI think that the current priority should be clarity on what a future UK-EU deal could look like, and ensuring the needs of Scotland are included. Rather than constitutional issues. And all the while taking Scotland, and the other devolved nations, with them. These three quick wins could get negotiations off to a cracking start…and help give business the certainty it needs to hire and invest.feedback

Paul Drechsler

Government tax receipts from the offshore oil and gas industry fell from £11billion net in 2013 to £35million last year, that's a fall of over 99 per cent. And as for the sector itself, it's been decimated. The North Sea oil industry haemorrhaged 150 jobs per day in 2015/16. Bibby's own operation cut around 30 per cent of its onshore headcount.feedback

Stewart Hosie

Brexit is a constitutional issue, and the Tories have ignored the calls of Scottish businesses and the CBI to guarantee the rights of EU nationals and scrap the damaging net migration target because the Tory priority is winning Ukip votes whatever the cost to the Scottish economy.feedback

Kezia Dugdale

But for this price, we stop any cuts to their kids libraries, we can make sure teachers have the resources that they need, to ensure that their parents can live in their own homes for as long as possible.feedback

Kezia Dugdale

I support what John McDonnell is doing around using progressive tax powers. I'm very proud of what we did last year and I intend to stand by it because I want to be able to credibly demonstrate to people that we can make different choices from the Tories. I'm sticking to that because I think it is incredibly important for the long term progress of the Scottish Labour party that I can credibly point to an alternative to austerity. That's a very deliberate policy that raises enough money that stops the cuts.feedback

Kezia Dugdale

Retaining Edinburgh South and making progress in other seats. I use those words carefully because where Labour is polling at a very strong second to the SNP in many urban areas, SNP MPs are defending massive majorities. So progress in many places can look like whacking a big slice off of that. I would like to win more seats; we're setting out to win more seats. That's what progress looks like to me.feedback

Kezia Dugdale

This desperate attempt to win back voters who are deserting the SNP for its record of failure in office won't fool anyone. In 2015 Nicola Sturgeon supported a 50p top rate of income tax, then joined forces with the Tories to vote down such a proposal in the Scottish Parliament. She says one thing before an election in an attempt to sound Left-wing, but acts Right when she actually has to make decisions in government.feedback

Murdo Fraser

The SNP has already made Scotland the highest-taxed part of the UK. This damaging move would take that to a new level. There is absolutely no reason why Scots should have to pay more tax than other workers across the UK. Increasing taxes will punish workers, harm the economy and raise less money, and the SNP would be making a huge mistake if it adopted this policy.feedback

Penny Anderson

With the renting market in such dire need of reform, tenants are increasingly finding our voice. This election is our chance to demand basic fairness. A renter’s life is not a happy one. Crushing, life-limiting insecurity and no control over our living conditions figure on a list of iniquitous abuses and petty limitations. We never know how long, if at all, we can remain in our homes. Worse still, rents continue to rise; across England by 2.1% annually. And we can’t paint the walls and we can’t stay put for long.feedback

Hilary Nicoll

This pineapple was nothing more than a prank. The pineapple is playful, which is in the spirit of the festival. It shows Scottish cheekiness. There are better metaphors for a decadent Britain than a pineapple. And there are no cultural connections between Scotland and pineapples that I am aware of – we grow potatoes or turnips.feedback

James Kelly

The Greens have capitulated in this election in a desperate attempt to help their SNP masters. Patrick Harvie has sacrificed all his principles on the altar of Scottish independence. After his party helped inflict a £170m cut on local services across Scotland this year, it is no surprise he doesn't want to select candidates who would be told on the doorsteps how the Green/SNP cuts are hurting local communities.feedback

Nicola Sturgeon

These projects have great potential to help us tackle climate change, and remain at the forefront of low carbon and renewable innovation. They will also bring economic benefits – in terms of savings and jobs – to local areas across the country.feedback

Sam Gardner - World Wide Fund for Nature

We're delighted to hear the First Minister reaffirm her Government's commitment to meeting half of Scotland's energy needs from renewable sources by 2030.feedback

Jamie Joseph

Fortunately we'll play Ireland in June and that will give us a good start in understanding their team, because Japan haven't beaten Ireland or Scotland to date. There's still a long time to go, it's still a couple of years away and I guess all the teams have some young teams coming through, they're blooding them through. So it's going to be really exciting.feedback

Eilidh Whiteford

The cat is now out of the bag – while Ruth Davidson is heading to the North-east to pretend the Tories are the fishermen's friends, her Westminster bosses are plotting a gigantic sell-out.feedback

Karmenu Vella

It has to be underlined however that an opt out from an exclusive competence area as the Common Fisheries Policy goes beyond a mere adjustment to the Treaties that may be justified by the admission of a new Member State.feedback

Ruth Davidson

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

Yvonne McLellan

Theresa May knows she can rely on self-interested wealthy donors and campaigners who're allowed to break the spending rules without fear of prosecution. Greens don't work that way, and we're not in the pockets of the super-rich. That's why we are targeting our resources to build on our strong support in Glasgow North and in Edinburgh North and Leith, and also build support for the case against fracking in Falkirk. Greens across Scotland will support efforts in these constituencies, offering a bold alternative to the other parties.feedback

Jamie Joseph

I think we're fortunate in that we play Ireland in June so that will give the players a good understanding about that team because Japan haven't beaten Ireland or Scotland to date so we know that the challenge is going to be big.feedback

Rob Livesey

If you look at beef that comes into our supermarkets from Ireland, farmers there are part of the EU and are heavily supported. So we either need to restrict the amount of imports that come in (to Britain) or we need to be able to give the support to our own producers to allow them to compete. But none of that is being said. It's really concerning.feedback

James MacKessack-Leitch

At any normal election we would be proud to field candidates and run a positive campaign, however, this is no normal election. This General Election has been called for naked party political purposes as the Tories attempt to crush Labour in England and Wales. This immature behaviour has no relevance in the Highlands and Islands, let alone Scotland or Northern Ireland, but will only serve to increase voter apathy and anger at the way politics is conducted in this country, at a time when there are far bigger issues at stake.feedback

Calum Kerr

We have to get people past the constitutional noise and see that who they choose will be the one fighting for them at (Britain's national parliament) Westminster.feedback

Calum Kerr

This election is not about independence at all. It's about getting the voice of the Borders heard and it is all about Brexit, which is amplified in the rural context.feedback

Ruth Davidson

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

Ruth Davidson

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

Malcolm MacGregor

For the participating clans, it will be a dream come true to march onto the esplanade of Edinburgh Castle, a location that has, over the centuries, been central to the clan story. Tartan will be to the fore with the clans kitted out in the 'Garb of Old Gaul'. The great cloth, that has been worn by the clans and Scottish regiments since the Jacobite period of the 1700s, will be on full display and worn with great pride.feedback

David Allfrey

Edinburgh Castle has been at the centre of so many extraordinary events over the years and it is tremendous that we will see another story playing out this summer. I wonder what the forebears of the clan chiefs and the leaders of the families would be thinking if they could witness so many of their descendants being entertained in the Great Hall.feedback

David Allfrey

As well as looking to our history and heritage, I hope the Tattoo's 'Splash of Tartan' will serve to stimulate anyone with a little Scottish blood in their veins to visit and enjoy our hospitality and everything that is remarkable about modern Scotland.feedback

Ruth Davidson

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

Ruth Davidson

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

Alex Salmond

Also in the north-east of Scotland it's not the greatest thing to boast you're going to win beforehand, the folk here tend to bring them back down to earth with a bump. And that I think will happen to the Tories. Boasting before an election is an extremely foolish thing to do. The people have their say at the ballot box and I think the north-east of Scotland has a way of bringing people who make vainglorious boasts down to earth with a sharp bump.feedback

Nicola Sturgeon

It is interesting if you look at the Tory and Labour support, they are mirror images of each other. The Labour vote has collapsed and gone to the Tories. So it is not the SNP losing ground to the Tories, it's Labour. So, you know, I take nothing for granted going into this election, but I think the day after my party has won by a considerable margin more votes, more seats and more councils than any other party.feedback

Chris Packham

This was a fantastic opportunity for that. It's been taken away from us and we're justifiably upset. I can't imagine how the RSPB feel, their investigations team and RSPB Scotland. They must be gutted, to say the least, absolutely gutted. I really feel for them. They put in a tremendous amount of time and effort to try and catch these people, and when they catch them red-handed, their evidence is not admissible.feedback

Nicola Sturgeon

Yes, by their standards, the Tories did well – and I take nothing away from them – but they did well entirely at the expense of the Labour party. As we go into the general election, the people of Scotland have a clear choice. It is pretty clear that Theresa May, on the strength of support in England, is going to win the general election. So for people in Scotland, if they want strong voices standing up for Scotland's interests and holding the Tories to account in Westminster, that can only come from the SNP.feedback

Jeremy Corbyn

We will not be a government that presides over food bank Britain or asks teachers to go on the school gates and collect funds to pay the teachers' wages.feedback

Nicola Sturgeon

If you compare north and south of the border, the Tories polled less in Scotland than Jeremy Corbyn did in England, and yet Jeremy Corbyn has been written off as a disaster. The day after my party has won by a considerable margin more votes, more seats and more councils than any other party and improved our position on the last council election, I think I'm reasonably entitled to feel quite optimistic as we go into the next contest.feedback

Paul Nuttall

It is very easy for [Theresa May] to talk the talk and act tough, but when she's asked to walk the walk, I think there's going to be problems.feedback

Nicola Sturgeon

The Tories put an independence referendum at the heart of their campaign. It was the only thing they spoke about. And yet they lost the election yesterday. It was the Tories who tried to make it a referendum on an independence referendum and they came quite a distant second. If there's a message at all on that issue, it's a message for the Conservatives.feedback

Paul Nuttall

It was expected. We dust ourselves down and go on. Ukip does have a great future. It just has to stay on the pitch, hold its ground and people will come back to us. She will buckle. She will start to barter things away. Fisheries will go, there will be movement on immigration, on freedom of movement – she will buckle on that. When people are angry and feel they did not get the Brexit they voted for, they will come back to us. Ukip could be bigger than it ever was before.feedback

Donald J. Trump

We must have universal health care. Just imagine the improved quality of life for our society as a whole. The Canadian-style, single-payer system in which all payments for medical care are made to a single agency (as opposed to the large number of HMOs and insurance companies with their diverse rules, claim forms and deductibles) . . . helps Canadians live longer and healthier than Americans.feedback

Donald J. Trump

Everybody's got to be covered. This is an un-Republican thing for me to say. I am going to take care of everybody. I don't care if it costs me votes or not. Everybody's going to be taken care of much better than they're taken care of now.feedback

Donald J. Trump

No, but it's certainly something that in certain countries works. It actually works incredibly well in Scotland. Some people think it really works in Canada. But not here, I don't think it would work as well here.feedback

Donald J. Trump

As far as single-payer, it works in Canada. It works incredibly well in Scotland. It could have worked in a different age, which is the age you're talking about here.feedback

Larissa Brunner - Oxford Analytica

There is a danger that voters will consider the outcome a foregone conclusion and turnout (next month) could be low, maybe around 65 percent.feedback

Brendan Rodgers

What you have in Scotland is an unpredictability with surfaces – and I've already said you don't get good games on artificial turf – and that can affect performances and results. You also have more varied systems. And no matter how much or how little they're being paid, the players up here always give their all and there is a physical aspect to that. We've all seen over the years that big teams can go to lesser teams and find it very tough and that's what you get here every week. I've been impressed by how my players have coped with that.feedback

F.H. Buckley

Leave behind all the people who hated you, who curse when you succeed. Reach out to the people who voted for you. Challenge the Democrats by offering them what they've always said they wanted.feedback

Donald J. Trump

We have a failing health care – I shouldn't say this to our great gentleman and my friend from Australia. A friend of mine was in Scotland recently. He got very, very sick. They took him by ambulance and he was there for four days. He was really in trouble, and they released him and he said, Where do I pay?' And they said, There's no charge'. Not only that, he said it was like great doctors, great care. I mean, we could have a great system in this country. I don't want single-payer. What I do want is to be able to take care of people.feedback

Brendan Rodgers

Coming to Scotland means I'm a better manager now than when I left Liverpool. There are two reasons for that. The first is that my players have made me better and the second is the quality of the other coaches, who have all posed different problems for me. I've been impressed by a lot of the guys up here. They might not have the facilities and they don't have the money the clubs down south do but they manage to find a way to make it work.feedback

Ruth Davidson

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

Nicola Sturgeon

This is a fantastic election victory for the SNP, coming off our election victory last year and the one in the general election the year before that. It gives us a great launchpad for the general election in a few weeks' time.feedback

Kezia Dugdale

This is obviously a disappointing election for Labour, but thousands of people in communities across Scotland have placed their trust in us and we will continue to play a major role in local government.feedback

Jack McConnell

I think with the current drift at the top of the Labour party, it is not impossible that the decline that happened in Scotland over the last eight years could also happen in parts of England and Wales.feedback

Anas Sarwar

If they don't get that, I think that's a bitter blow for them.feedback

Thomas Kerr

When you stand as a candidate for the Conservatives in the east end of Glasgow you don't expect something like this to happen, but I think people recognised I'm a local voice and will stand up for local issues. They wanted to send a message to Nicola Sturgeon that they don't want a second referendum.feedback

Ross Thomson

This has been a damning 24 hours of silence from Nicola Sturgeon. She needs to come out of hiding and explain the actions of her government. On her watch, ministers have been announcing government funding and promoting government investment in communities where her party is campaigning in vital local and UK-wide elections.feedback

Josh Lesnik

There's already great golf in Wisconsin. But soon golfers will look to Wisconsin as a place like Scotland or western Ireland, where they can go for a week and, within a short drive, play someplace special every day.feedback

Susan Woodward

If people are saying 'I will vote Labour in locals but not in general' – and we've had a sprinkling of those – the leadership have to listen and redouble their efforts.feedback

Susan Woodward

I'm hoping that having good, strong community leaders overrides any national swings – that is what I'm hoping for me and my Labour colleagues. They need to show they are focusing on Labour voters' priorities rather than their own priorities.feedback

Anthony Wells

Don't just assume that the projected overall shares of the vote at this week's votes are going to be repeated in next month's election – people vote differently for different reasons at different sorts of election.feedback

Rosie Brady

I think the SNP care about people and they listen to the people. I think they will improve the city as a whole. I just think they're the people for the job; they're the way to go. They will stand up for Scotland.feedback

Gina Miller

We will be making the argument that the correct constitutional process of parliamentary scrutiny and approval - as well as consultation with the devolved administration in Scotland and Northern Ireland and the Welsh Assembly - needs to be followed. Otherwise the notice to withdraw from the European Union would be unlawful and subject to legal challenge.feedback

Ruth Davidson

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

Ruth Davidson

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

Leigh Docherty

Nothing is hidden on it, even the struts, nothing is covered up. It's stunning.feedback

Nicola Sturgeon

That stands in stark contrast to the Conservatives who are taking child tax credits and working tax credits away from many working families, making their lives harder. We know Theresa May wants a free hand to do whatever she wants. We've got to make sure that there's a check on the Tories, that there's strong opposition and strong voices for Scotland standing up for progressive policies like this one, and that in Scotland can only come from the SNP.feedback

Willie Rennie

Sadly while she has been focused on independence, Scotland's position in the international education rankings has plummeted and children have been waiting more than a year for mental health treatment.feedback

Nicola Sturgeon

The issue at the heart of this election is, whether you support independence or oppose independence, surely that decision should be taken by people in Scotland, by the Scottish people and the Scottish Parliament, and not by a Tory government at Westminster. We're here at a nursery highlighting the SNP's policy to almost double state-funded childcare provision, helping young people get the best start in life and helping working families.feedback

Nicola Sturgeon

It's time for the Nationalists to focus on the job of governing, such as dealing with the crisis in our schools and tackling the problems in the NHS after a decade of SNP mismanagement.feedback

Willie Rennie

Despite her protestations that she wants to talk about other things, today's admission from the First Minister will surprise no one. Independence was her key issue at the last election, it was her key issue the day after the EU referendum vote last year and it is still her key issue today. For the First Minister it has never been about education, the health service or even Brexit; these are all just convenient vehicles.feedback

Kezia Dugdale

And Labour delivered peace in Northern Ireland, ending one of the world's longest-running and most fractious conflicts. This is what Labour does in government and what it can do if you vote Labour on June 8.feedback

Lauren Marks

The smallest of activities would enthrall me. Dressing myself, I was awed by the orbital distance between cloth and flesh. Brushing my teeth, I was enchanted by the stiffness of the bristles and the sponginess of my gums.feedback

Kezia Dugdale

The historic achievements of the last Labour government are still having a massive impact on the lives of people today. Labour choices in government mean workers are now getting a fair wage, despite Tory opposition. Labour choices in government took 600,000 children out of poverty across the UK – 120,000 of them in Scotland – despite Tory claims it was impossible.feedback

Angus Robertson

This is a Prime Minister who is ducking and dodging scrutiny every step of the way. She also has a funny way of trying to win votes in Scotland. By referring to extremists and so-called separatists in the same breath, she risks insulting almost half of the Scottish electorate. Language is important and the Prime Minister needs to clean up her act. Now her carefully stage-managed flying visit to Scotland has failed to shed any light on some of the key questions she is running away from.feedback

Alex Salmond

The general election is to reinforce the right of the Scottish parliament to decide when the time is right for another independence referendum, and if you get that sort of overwhelming vote for the SNP, then the PM's opposition will crumble.feedback

Gerry McCann

I think we've seen the worst and the best of human nature. And our personal experience, rather than on the internet, has been overwhelmingly seeing the better side of human nature.feedback

Gerry McCann

We are still looking forward, I think that's the most important thing – we still hope.feedback

Kate McCann

My hope for Madeleine being out there is no less than it was almost 10 years ago. I guess the one thing – because you always do feel guilty as the parent of a missing child – is that other families haven't had the publicity and the money. The positive is that it has brought the whole issue of missing children to the forefront and I think people have benefited in different ways.feedback

Kevin McKenna

Years of bad management and lack of vision have left the SNP and Tories poised to expunge the left from north of the border. No other city in the UK has embodied the success and aspirations of the Labour movement more than Glasgow. And now, as Labour faces up to the reality of spending a generation in the political wilderness, no city has come to epitomise the party’s decline more than this one. At Westminster, Jeremy Corbyn is facing a reckoning; in Glasgow, the party he leads is contemplating an apocalypse.feedback

Theresa May

At this election, people will have a clear choice between five years of strong and stable leadership with me and my team or a coalition of chaos led by Jeremy Corbyn. That's what's on offer of course, if you look at the other parties, they're lining up to prop up Jeremy Corbyn. We see it from the Liberal Democrats and we see it from Nicola Sturgeon's Scottish Nationalists.feedback

James Kelly

This is yet another poll that shows people in Scotland do not want another divisive referendum and they don't want to leave the UK. When people go to the polls for the council elections on May 4 and the General Election on June 8, they can vote Labour to elect a local champion; or they can vote SNP to elect a candidate who will only focus on another divisive referendum.feedback

Ross McEwan - Royal Bank of Scotland

These results reflect very much what we talked about at full year. Firstly, a strong and improving core bank and secondly, fewer remaining legacy issues. Core income is up on last year, adjusted costs are down, and we're making better use of capital. This bank has a very strong core with great potential, and we believe that by going further on cost reduction and faster on digital transformation – we will deliver a simpler, safer and even more customer-focused bank, with a compelling investment case.feedback

Theresa May

My message to the people of Scotland today is clear: if you vote for me, it will strengthen my hand in the Brexit negotiations. It will strengthen the Union, strengthen the economy and together the UK and Scotland will flourish. Because when Scotland is flourishing, the rest of the United Kingdom is flourishing too.feedback

Willie Rennie

Does the First Minister really think we are all buttoned up at the back? If they fail to win this election, they have no basis whatsoever to continue their opposition to this government's policy, endorsed by this parliament, of having an independence referendum.feedback

Ross McEwan - Royal Bank of Scotland

We have been very clear that putting our legacy issues behind us is a priority so that we can focus on building the best bank for our customers, shareholders and employees. We are pleased to have reached this agreement. We will continue to explore the possibility of settlement with the remaining claimants but if we cannot settle on agreeable terms we will defend the claims at trial.feedback

Ruth Davidson

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. But Scotland's fishing communities can see straight through this approach, and won't forgive the SNP for trying to ignore the EU referendum and force them back into the hated CFP.feedback

John Curtice

It will be very, very surprising if Labour retains control of any council in Scotland.feedback

Eilidh Whiteford

It's absolutely critically important the fishing industry is not sold out on the way out of the EU as it was on the way in. If we leave the single market as well as the EU, then we create some real challenges for those parts of the industry that export to EU countries and to other parts of the world via EU trade agreements.feedback

Miles Briggs

Mr Salmond has let the cat out of the bag. The SNP's objective in this election is to manufacture a case for independence - just as they have tried to do with Brexit. Nobody takes Nicola Sturgeon's claim otherwise seriously - not even Alex Salmond.feedback

Alex Salmond

No, she is looking to get another election victory, which will indicate and support the right of the (Scottish) parliament to decide these things. They will know they are voting to support the right of the parliament to decide on the holding of a Scottish referendum.feedback

James Kelly

At every election, Nicola Sturgeon tries to pretend it isn't a vote about the SNP's plans for a divisive second independence referendum. But she can't stop Alex Salmond blundering in, and here he is admitting the SNP wants to use this election to pursue another referendum the country does not want or need. How can it be right that people should vote on June 8 without a clue what the First Minister plans to say on the single biggest issue facing Scotland come June 9?feedback

Ross Thomson

The Greens have to put up or shut up. They can't pretend to be a proper party while sitting this election out and begging its voters to back someone else. It's also very telling that the SNP has taken this step. It shows the party is rattled and running scared, and its MPs right across Scotland are terrified of losing their seats.feedback

James Kelly

This is yet another poll that shows people in Scotland do not want another divisive independence referendum. It's time for the Nationalists to focus on the job of governing - like dealing with the crisis in our schools and tackling the problems in the NHS after a decade of SNP mismanagement. Voters can send a message to Nicola Sturgeon that Scotland is divided enough, we don't need any more division.feedback

Grahame Madge

It's possibly created a bit of a surprise for people because we've had such a mild March. I think it was the 5th mildest March in the record going back to 1910. So, I think the fact we've got cold weather in combination with a warm March is probably a bit of a shock for people. This is a sudden, brief interlude but it's not unusual.feedback

Grahame Madge

The more at risk areas for seeing snow are obviously the northern hills and we could possibly see some settling as far south as places like the higher tops on the North Yorks Moors. But, generally, what we'll see in those very showery conditions is that when it starts to rain, it'll drop the temperature maybe enough to trigger the development of sleet or even the odd snow shower for a time. By day, the temperatures won't be too bad. Really, it's the night time temperatures that are going to be quite cold. We will see widespread frosts, possibly anywhere, particularly in inland areas.feedback

Nicola Sturgeon

People who want to make sure that Scotland has strong voices against the Conservatives in this election need to vote for the SNP because that's what this election above all else is about. The election won't decide whether or not Scotland becomes independent, we got a mandate for the referendum in the election last year. So this is about whether Scotland's voice is heard and Scotland's interests are protected. And there is a clear choice. A vote for the Tories is not some pain-free tactical vote.feedback

Miles Briggs

There is one cast-iron rule about the SNP – whenever it says something has got nothing to do with independence, it's a sure fire way of knowing it has everything to do with independence. Just like she did in the after-the-Brexit vote last year, Nicola Sturgeon wants to try to use this election to boost her flagging case for a referendum. Everybody knows that.feedback

Mark Rowley

As an investigation team we are only too aware of the significance of dates and anniversaries. Whatever the inquiry, we want to get answers for everyone involved. The disappearance of Madeleine McCann is no different in that respect but of course the circumstances and the huge public interest, make this a unique case for us as police officers to deal with.feedback

Mark Rowley

In a missing child inquiry every day is agony and an anniversary brings this into sharp focus. Our thoughts are with Madeleine's family at this time - as it is with any family in a missing person's inquiry - and that drives our commitment to do everything we can for her.feedback

Mark Rowley

Our mission here is to do everything reasonable to provide an answer for Kate and Gerry McCann. I'd love to guarantee that we will get to an answer, sadly investigations can never be 100 percent successful, but we will do everything we can do reasonably to find an answer to what has happened to Madeleine. We solve more than 90 per cent of serious cases here at Scotland Yard. I so wish I could say we will definitely solve it, but a small number of cases sadly don't get solved.feedback

David Mundell

If the SNP loses seats, loses votes and loses vote share, that's not an endorsement for her position on independence. That's what she will be judged by. What I would hope is that Nicola Sturgeon would take a step back and actually listen to the people of Scotland, remove the threat of a divisive referendum and throw her lot in with the Prime Minister to work to get the best possible deal on Brexit. She needs to wake up and smell the coffee.feedback

Drew Hendry

This election is about standing up for Scotland and providing a strong opposition to an arrogant Tory party which now thinks it can do anything it wants to Scotland and get away with it – and only the SNP can provide that opposition. There is only going to be one winner in this election in Scotland – the SNP or the Tories.feedback

Willie Rennie

Nicola Sturgeon has lost the plot. For months she has been having a tantrum – demanding that Scots have another independence referendum so we could stay in Europe…This is a party in disarray.feedback

Annie Wells

We will also be reaffirming our view that exemptions to these limits should apply for women who have been through the most difficult circumstances and had a child due to rape. This debate is an opportunity for the SNP government to set out whether or not it wants to use its welfare powers to scrap the limits to child tax credits in Scotland. We will also be using the debate to repeat our calls for the SNP to provide more support services for women who have suffered sexual violence.feedback

Ruth Davidson

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. Yet now there's an election on, she suddenly tells people independence isn't the issue for her and orders her troops - don't mention the 'i' word. After the last few months of talking about nothing else, who does she think she's kidding?feedback

Tom Costley

It is interesting to speculate on why there appears to be this weakening in the 'Yes' vote, despite Scotland voting clearly in favour of remaining within the EU, which is the stated position of the SNP-led Scottish government. The forthcoming local authority elections in Scotland may well provide some pointers as to the extent to which the media criticism of the Scottish government's performance in areas such as health and education may be having an impact with voters.feedback

Frank Field

The evidence presented in this report is staggering. It shows us that not only are there children in this country who are exposed to hunger when they are not at school, but also that this exposure risks damaging their prospects of gaining a good education and living a healthy life. People of goodwill in a number of communities are showing how holiday hunger can be overcome. They are transforming children's and parents' lives for the better.feedback

Tom Costley

One group of particular interest is those who voted Yes in the 2014 independence referendum and then voted Leave in the EU referendum - one in three (30 per cent) of this group do not want a referendum at all, possibly suggesting that leaving the EU was their primary goal and at the time Scottish independence seemed the best way to achieve this. It is a cautionary reminder that the positive feeling towards the EU expressed in the EU referendum doesn't necessarily translate into full support for independence for Scotland.feedback

Tom Costley

The changing economic outlook in Scotland, particularly in relation to the oil industry, may also have led to voters reassessing independence. Moreover, with (British Prime Minister) Theresa May calling a General Election for 8th June, there is the potential for election fatigue with the prospect of an extended referendum campaign too much for the Scottish electorate.feedback

Nicola Sturgeon

Where does it stop? What if they just abolish welfare, pocketed the money and say 'over to the Scottish Parliament'? If this Tory government wants to say that the Scottish Parliament is better placed to make these decisions, then give us the full power over benefits and the budget that goes with it. It is a ridiculous argument to say that the Tories can make cuts and keep the money and expect the Scottish Parliament to fill the gap.feedback

Nicola Sturgeon

But it is policies like this, and other attacks on the most vulnerable in society – including pensioners, the disabled, vulnerable young adults and the bereaved – which would be pursued by a Tory Government with a bigger majority. The Tories now think they can do what they want to Scotland and get away with it.feedback

Frank Field

It [the government] has now had time to take on board the fact that under its stewardship of the fifth richest country in the world, too many children are stalked by hunger.feedback

Jeremy Corbyn

If you want progressive policies that deliver social justice, fairness and equality then you should vote Labour, vote Labours MPs to elect a Labour government. Let me be clear – there will be no deals with the SNP or anybody else. Remember, this is not a referendum, it's a General Election, and only Labour can form another government and offer an alternative that will transform the lives of people all across Scotland and all across Britain. I'm loving every minute of it. We are absolutely up for this fight.feedback

Tony Blair

Labour’s only chance lies in convincing voters that it will hold the government to account on any deal with the EU. There is a unique element to this election as a result of Brexit. The Tories believe this is to their advantage. But it could be turned against them.feedback

Grahame Madge

As we go over the next 36 hours, those wintry showers will become quite frequent. There's a possibility of wintry showers just about anywhere in the UK tomorrow, but more likely is that people anywhere, really, could see hail. In the south, it's possible the people could see sleety rain or hail for some time, but we're not likely to see any accumulation or settling. The more at risk areas for seeing snow are obviously the northern hills and we could possibly see some settling as far south as places like the the higher tops on the North Yorks Moors.feedback

Grahame Madge

But, generally, what we'll see in those very showery conditions is that when it starts to rain, it'll drop the temperature maybe enough to trigger the development of sleet or even the odd snow shower for a time. By day, the temperatures won't be too bad. Really, it's the night-time temperatures that are going to be quite cold. We will see widespread frosts, possibly anywhere, particularly in inland areas. It's possibly created a bit of a surprise for people because we've had such a mild March. I think it was the fifth-mildest March in the record going back to 1910.feedback

James Crouch

The announcement of a snap election has clearly focused the minds of the electorate. We've seen those who previously flirted with UKIP move back to the Conservatives in large numbers, which has done much to improve their poll lead in a matter of days.feedback

Jeremy Corbyn

Does this help to get a political solution? I think the leader of Isis not being around would be helpful, but I would also argue that the bombing campaign has killed a large number of civilians, many of them virtual prisoners of Isis.feedback

Jeremy Corbyn

The issue has to be that we want a secure and peaceful world. You achieve that by promoting peace and also promoting security. Security comes from that process. We haven't completed work on the manifesto ... We are less than 100 hours into this election campaign. We are having this discussion within the Labour party. Nuclear weapons are not the solution to the world's security issues. They are a disaster if ever used.feedback

Jeremy Corbyn

I have made clear there would be no first use of it. I've made clear any use of nuclear weapons would be a disaster for the whole world.feedback

Jim Swire

Shortly before Megrahi died, I met him in Tripoli and reassured him I would still do everything I could to clear his name. I am delighted that this request for an appeal is now being placed before the SCCRC.feedback

Derek Mackay

The SNP will give Scotland a strong voice against austerity, blind pursuit of a rock-hard Brexit and a complete disregard for Scotland's interests. The more Tory MPs there are in Scotland, the heavier the price we will all pay, with pensioners now in the Tories' sights. The Tories think they can do what they want to Scotland and get away with it. We won't let them.feedback

Andrew Hawkins

While no political party could ever object to breaching the 50 per cent barrier for the first time this century, this spectacular headline result masks a real danger for the Tories. The fact that six in ten voters believe Labour cannot win under Corbyn's leadership bring with it the threat of complacency among Tory (Conservative) voters who may be tempted to sit at home on June 8th and let others deliver the result they expect.feedback

Marco Petagna

Temperatures will recover back towards average by the weekend, so it's only a short-lived spell of cold weather. There will be widespread frost and sleet and snow showers in some places.feedback

Marco Petagna

There's a big change on the way. Certainly Tuesday and Wednesday nationwide look to be much colder days next week. Monday will be a transition day and we'll start to see colder air pushing down across the north and then much colder across all areas the following two days. We're going to see a northerly feed of air come across the UK, so the wind is swinging down from the Arctic.feedback

Nicola Sturgeon

I don't want to see the Tories in council chambers. I don't want to Tories with their hands on local services and my message is crystal clear: vote SNP.feedback

Ian Murray

This general election campaign has barely started and the SNP has already resorted to dirty tricks by wilfully misleading the public. Any vote for the Tories simply endorses their drive for a damaging hard Brexit.feedback

Angus Robertson

This is an extraordinary plea for a Tory election pact from Labour's last remaining MP in Scotland, whose priority in this election is saving his own job at the expense of the whole country. Ian Murray is utterly apathetic to the prospect of keeping the Tories out of Downing Street, having made it clear that he doesn't see Jeremy Corbyn as a legitimate candidate for Prime Minister while appealing for people to elect more Tory MPs in an effort to keep the SNP out.feedback

Nicola Sturgeon

This is pretty tired stuff from the Tories. We only have to take one look at the polls to know that Jeremy Corbyn ain't going anywhere near number 10 Downing Street–on his own or with the help of anybody else. We know that the Prime Minister wants to silence opposition, so the question for Scotland is this: if people want a strong opposition to the Tories, if they want MPs who will stand up and be a voice for Scotland, then the only party to support at this election is this one, the SNP.feedback

Daran Hill

Because the central purpose of their party is to achieve independence, it creates a crisis of identity. That could mean the falling away of support and purpose, as we see with UKIP at the present time.feedback

Tom Devine

I sense the mood in Scotland is beginning to change in a way that might make the independence agenda unassailable.feedback

Nicola Sturgeon

And yet we have a Westminster government with one MP in Scotland thinking it's got the right to lay down the law. I suspect history will look back on today and see it as the day the fate of the union was sealed.feedback

Tom Devine

She still gets up people's noses. What's happened, because of the way London has handled the position so abysmally, is a steady unleashing of the economic issue and a movement towards a political issue. There's the sense that, If we don't do something, we're going to be ruined by this right-wing clique.feedback

Angus Robertson

If the Prime Minister is so confident of her hard-Brexit, pro-austerity, anti-immigration case why won't she debate opposition leaders? Most people in the country know that the Prime Minister wants an early general election because the Labour Party is in such an awful state. We look forward to the straight fight between the Tories and the SNP in Scotland, but can the Prime Minister tell people why she is running scared of a televised debate with Nicola Sturgeon?feedback

Nicola Sturgeon

Make no mistake, if the [Scottish National Party] wins this election in Scotland, and the Tories don't, then Theresa May's attempt to block our mandate, to give the people of Scotland a choice, over their own future when the time is right, will crumble to dust.feedback

Keith Brown

These findings ignore the fact that trade is two way. Our own analysis shows exports to Scotland from the rest of the UK support over half a million jobs in the UK. Analysis also shows Scotland is the rest of the UK's second largest export market, behind only the US, with exports worth over £50 billion. It is quite simply nonsense to suggest that the rest of the UK would cease trading with Scottish firms if we were inside the single market but outside the UK.feedback

Murdo Fraser

The SNP wants to destroy this arrangement with its reckless gamble, making life harder for businesses and workers. The Scottish Government cannot afford to ignore stark evidence like this, however inconvenient it is for its separation drive.feedback

Vince Cable - Stansted Airport

The cost of defending Fred Goodwin and his associates is shocking. RBS' legal expenditure is obscene in the extreme. The Government should not be allowing a state-backed bank to spend what is therefore majority taxpayer money on defending one of the architects of the credit crunch and financial crisis.feedback

Theresa May

Now it is not the time for second Scottish independence referendum because it will weaken our hand in negotiations on Brexit. Strength and unity with the Conservatives, division and weakness with the Scottish nationalists.feedback