Re-elected Sturgeon vows to stage indyref2 ‘when time is right’

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Published on 8 May 2021, 12:22
SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon has said she wants to hold a referendum on Scottish independence "when the time is right", as she retained her Glasgow seat.

Giving an acceptance speech in Glasgow after she defeated Scottish Labour leader Anas Sarwar by 19,735 votes to 10,279, the First Minister said her party is set for a fourth term in power.

Earlier, she had played down the likelihood of an overall SNP majority at Holyrood, saying it has "always been a very, very long shot".

After being re-elected to her seat, Ms Sturgeon said: "If that is indeed the outcome of this election, I pledge today to get back to work immediately to continue to steer the country through the crisis of Covid, to continue to lead this country into recovery from Covid.

"And then, when the time is right, to offer this country the choice of a better future."