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Scottish pensioners avoid winter fuel allowance cuts because it’s colder  north of the border

May lays out her plan for the Scottish economy
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Scottish pensioners will keep universal winter fuel payments because it is “colder” north of the border, the Conservatives announced today.

David Mundell, the Scottish Secretary, said it made sense to use devolved powers to keep the benefit because of “climatic issues” in Scotland and because more people are “off-grid”.

Critics accused the Tories of “utter hypocrisy” and said the party was trying to bribe Scottish OAPs into voting for them with a benefits “bung”.

Retired people in England and Wales were also told that the money they lose will help to fund free social care for all in Scotland. It means older people on modest incomes south of the border could end up subsidising welfare for millionaire Scots.

Pensioners’ groups said OAPs in England and Wales would be “furious” and might now change their mind about voting Conservative.

It came amid a growing backlash over the Conservatives’ manifesto commitment to means test winter fuel payments and make more people pay for home-based care as a way of closing the social care funding gap - described by opponents as a “dementia tax”.

There is also the beginning of a Tory rebellion over the policy, with Dr Sarah Wollaston, who is running for re-election as the Conservative MP for Totnes, describing it as “a miserable lottery of care costs”. The fact that the Scottish Conservatives have decided to keep universal winter fuel payments appears to be further evidence of a rift within the party.

The BBC claimed one former minister had said they would have publicly opposed Mrs May on the issue if it had not been for the need to show unity going into the election.

Pensioners’ groups including Age UK have said means testing the winter fuel allowance will lead to the most vulnerable older people missing out on the handout of £200-300 because they will be put off by the complex process of applying for it.

The row over welfare cuts for pensioners is the first major road hump of Theresa May’s election campaign, and it was made worse yesterday by apparent confusion among senior Tories over why Scots are being allowed to keep winter fuel payments.

While the Scottish Conservatives leader Ruth Davidson used the weather as an excuse, the Scottish Secretary David Mundell blamed “geography” and Theresa May said it was simply a function of devolution.

Mrs May joined Ms Davidson in Edinburgh to launch the Scottish version of the manifesto, which takes into account policy areas that are devolved.

The document says: “We will protect universal winter fuel payments for all older people and they will not be subject to means-testing.”

Asked why her policy was that Scots would be exempt from means-testing, Mrs May said: “We have devolution in the United Kingdom...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.”

But Ms Davidson’s explanation was: “In Scotland, as you know, we are a colder climate. Also our housing stock differs…

“I’m in charge of writing my own manifesto and always have been and sometimes devolution means that you take a different choice and I have done in these and other areas.”

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David Mundell, the Scottish Secretary, said: “We have different climatic issues and we have a different geography and there are far more people off-grid. There is a different backdrop in Scotland in relation to both winter and fuel and that's why we believe in the Scottish Conservatives it should continue as a universal benefit.”

Ms Davidson risked further angering pensioners in England and Wales by pointing out that taking away their winter fuel payments would provide a financial windfall for Scottish pensioners.

Under the Barnett formula, which decides the size of the block grant given to devolved powers by the Treasury, for every extra £10 spent on health in England, £1 is given to Scotland.

Ms Davidson said: “Because the money being saved there is going straight into health, actually that will be Barnett-ised so there should be more money coming to Scotland out of the changes that’s happened down south."

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The Conservatives estimate that cutting winter fuel payments and making more people pay for domiciliary care will generate around £2 billion to help close the funding gap for social care in England and Wales. That would mean Scotland being given an extra £200 million, enough to cover the entire winter fuel payment budget for Scotland’s one million pensioners.

Because winter fuel payments have just been devolved, the Treasury will separately hand Scotland the money it already spends on the benefit, meaning Scotland getting another £200 million. The SNP-led Scottish government can then choose how it spends the money.

Neil Duncan-Jordan, national officer of the National Pensioners Convention, said: "Pensioners will be furious at this silly divide between England and Scotland.

"I'm assuming the Conservatives in Scotland think that if they were to take away the winter fuel allowance in Scotland they would probably lose more votes, whereas perhaps the English Tories either think they won't lose votes or they don't care, or they've calculated some other thing will help them.

"They've got themselves in a terrible mess over this.

"I think dyed-in-the wool older Tories probably are starting to think again about whether this adds up for them."

A Liberal Democrat spokesman said: “The Tories are utter hypocrites. It looks like a cheap election bung and it won’t wash.”

Andrew Gwynne, Labour’s national elections coordinator, said the winter fuel allowance policy was “starting to unravel”, adding: “The Tories should admit they’ve got it wrong.”

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May defends protecting Scottish pensioners 

The Prime Minister said devolution meant different choices could be made in Scotland but insisted the plans for means-testing in England were fair.

Labour claims up to 10 million pensioners are set to lose the benefit under the Conservatives' plans.

Asked why it was fair for people in England to lose it when Scottish pensioners are protected, Mrs May replied:

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.

Starmer: I 'sweep' up after Corbyn 

Keir Starmer, the shadow Brexit Secretary, has admitted "sweeping" up after Jeremy Corbyn on the campaign trail in a bid to reassure voters that they should vote Labour. 

He told the Camden New Journal:

I’ve been to probably 30 constituencies now and there is a solid Labour vote, there’s no doubt about that, and people like the manifesto, broadly speaking. That’s good, they are positive about it.

It’s certainly true that Jeremy Corbyn’s name comes up on the doorsteps here, it comes up across the country. We have to put that into context because I can’t remember a general election where the leader’s name didn’t come up with strong views on it.

The way I’ve dealt with it is to act pretty much as a sweeper, which is to go back to the doors where people have expressed concern about the leadership and have a second conversation.

That helps bring some of them around. But it is one of the issues that does come up, and we are dealing with it.

Shadow Brexit secretary Sir Keir Starmer Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA

Tory candidate hits out at party manifesto 

Dr Sarah Wollaston, who chaired the Commons health committee in the last parliament, has hit out at her own party's planned cap on social care costs. 

She said people would face a "miserable lottery" when it came to funding their future care.

Under the plans set out in the Conservative manifesto on Thursday, the party said it would not go ahead with the proposed £72,000 limit on care costs after which people would be entitled to state support.

Instead, people with assets of less than £100,000 - including the value of their home - will be protected from the costs of social care, although for the first time those receiving care in their home will have to pay as well as those in residential care.

However, Dr Wollaston said that by removing the cap, it would leave people unable to get insurance to cover their future care costs as it would be impossible to know what the final bill might be.

Writing in The Times, she said:

The dropping of the care cap sadly leaves social care uninsurable leaving in place the miserable lottery of care costs.

Sarah Wollaston, the Conservative parliamentary candidate for Totnes in Devon Credit: Jay Williams

Attenborough top choice for PM 

Sir David Attenborough has been urged to swap Planet Earth for the political front benches after he came top in a poll to find Britain's favourite celebrity Prime Minister.

The television veteran ran out ahead of Harry Potter creator JK Rowling and actor Emma Watson, according to research by pollsters YouGov and campaigners 38 Degrees.

Documentary maker Louis Theroux, inventor Sir James Dyson, actor Sir Ian McKellen, presenter Jeremy Clarkson, comedian Rowan Atkinson, journalist Piers Morgan and outspoken columnist Katie Hopkins also made up the top 10 public figures that British people would like to see as premier.

The Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry were among the famous faces lined up for a role on the front benches, alongside the likes of writer Stephen Fry and presenter David Dimbleby.

The survey of 1,851 British adults found 37 per cent of respondents aged 25 and over preferred Sir David, while Ms Watson was favourite among 39 per cent of 18 to 24-year-olds.

Sir David Attenborough Credit: David Parry/PA

'Get back in your box'

Angus Robertson, the SNP's leader in Westminster, has hit back at Theresa May's visit to Scotland. 

He said:

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.

The fact is, any Tory MPs elected in Scotland will put Theresa May's extreme Brexit before the jobs in Scotland they should be protecting.

By contrast, the SNP will stand up to Tory threats on jobs, our economy and funding for our public services - and every vote for the SNP will strengthen Nicola Sturgeon's hand to ensure Scotland has a seat at the Brexit table.

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Scottish pensioners avoid winter fuel allowance cuts 

Pensioners in Scotland have escaped the proposed cuts to the winter fuel allowance in England- detailed yesterday in the Tory party manifesto. 

The Tories Scottish manifesto states: 

We will also maintain all pensioner benefits in Scotland, including free bus passes and TV licences for the duration of this parliament.

Social security devolution allows us to make different choices in Scotland and so we will protect universal Winter Fuel Payments for all older people and they will not be subject to means-testing. 

Scottish Secretary David Mundell said this to The Herald: 

The specific view in relation to Scotland is that obviously we have different climatic issues and we have a different geography and there are far more people off-grid, who receive their fuel from not the gas or electricity grid but in terms of liquid gas, for example.

There is a different backdrop in Scotland in relation to both winter and fuel and that's why we believe in the Scottish Conservatives it should continue as a universal benefit.

PM challenged on referendum refusal 

Theresa May was challenged to define the notion of "public consent" for a second independence referendum.

The manifesto states: "In order for a referendum to be fair, legal and decisive, it cannot take place until the Brexit process has played out and it should not take place unless there is public consent for it to happen."

The Prime Minister refused to be drawn when she was asked on two occasions to explain how public consent would be measured.

She said:

Talking about a second independence referendum at this time is trying to pull us apart, just at the very time that as a nation, as the United Kingdom, we should be pulling together.

On the same issue, Scottish Secretary David Mundell said:

We're not setting a definitive set of criteria - what we're saying is that public consent has to be apparent.

Having a majority in the Scottish Parliament doesn't count in the simple sense because having a referendum is an agreement between the UK Government and the Scottish Government.

Mr Mundell said "sustained support" from the public would be needed, but when asked to define this, he added: "We're not getting into that."

Corbyn jokes May doesn't like to use the word 'Conservative'

Jeremy Corbyn is giving a speech in Peterborough. 

He jokes that Theresa May has tried to to keep the word "Conservatives" out of the campaign.

Instead she has focused  on "her" manifesto and "team".

He hits out at the partu's winter fuel payments pledge and abandonment of the triple lock.

The Labour leader says his party will maintain winter fuel payment as "a universal allowance" for all older people".

Corbyn: PM  not a 'red Tory'

Jeremy Corbyn has dismissed "strange" descriptions of Theresa May as a "red Tory" or "Blue Labour", but declined to say whether he thinks of himself as "mainstream" like the Prime Minister.

Asked by the Press Association what he thought of the descriptions of Mrs May as a "red Tory", Mr Corbyn said:

It's a very strange description for a Prime Minister who leads a government where six million people earn less than the living wage, where thousands are sleeping on the streets every night, where social care is not available, where our hospitals are under threat.

I think what this country needs is a government that cares for all the people.

Asked if Mrs May was listening to his ideas, he replied:

I haven't noticed too much listening. I've noticed an awful lot of dictating.

Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn  Credit: PA

Nuttall: 'Polls are completely wrong'

Paul Nuttall, the Ukip Leader, has rejected an Ipsos Mori poll which suggested only 2 per cent of the public will vote for his party in June. 

He told Sky News:

Ignore it, it's Ipsos Mori. They always have us down in a way which is just unbelievable.

They're completely wrong. They've been wrong for five years. They've always got Ukip's figures wrong, time and time again.

Even when we were on 20 per cent, Ipsos Mori would have us on 10% so I'm not worried about that at all.

There was another YouGov poll yesterday which had us on 6%. That's roughly where I believe we are.

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 'Manifesto plans are fiscally neutral'

Theresa May tells journalists that the Tory manifesto plans are "fiscally neutral".

PM questioned on Assange 

Asked if Britain would now support a request to extradite Mr Assange to the United States, Prime Minister Theresa May said: "We look at extradition requests on a case-by-case basis."

She added:

In relation to Julian Assange, any decision that is taken about UK action in relation to him were he to leave the Ecuadorian Embassy would be an operational matter for the police.

'Come with me'

The PM wraps up speech with a rallying call.

She says:  

Come with me as I lead Britain …

Strengthen my hand as I fight to strengthen our Union…

Stand with me as I deliver for the whole United Kingdom…

And with confidence in ourselves and a unity of purpose in our country, let us all go forward together.

UK will protect Scotland after Brexit 

Theresa May says Scotland is an "economic powerhouse"  and she will do all she can to help it "grow and flourish."

The party has said that after Brexit they'd use a "UK shared prosperity fund" to help cover the money lost from EU funds. 

Theresa May gives a speech at the launch of the Scottish manifesto Credit: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty 

She says: 

And as we develop our new trade policies, we will use the United Kingdom’s muscle to promote Scottish exports more effectively around the world.

We will build on the success of the City deals which the UK Government has pioneered across Scotland, to help spread prosperity further.

As Conservatives and Unionists, we believe that every part of our country should share in prosperity and opportunity.

But 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.

Our new UK Shared Prosperity Fund will replace ineffective EU structural funds with a new targeted scheme, whose sole purpose will be to reduce the inequalities which exist within and between the four nations of our United Kingdom.

We will take back control of structural funds and use them to strengthen our Union and reduce inequalities between our communities.

'I will never let our Union drift apart' 

The PM says she has been clear that now is "not the tim"e for another independence referendum.

She says: 

This is a time to pull together, not apart.

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.

As long as I am Prime Minister, I will never stand by and let our Union drift apart.

She adds: 

And something else is clear. Only the Conservative and Unionist Party has the strength and credibility to stand up to the Nationalists and defend our United Kingdom.

Jeremy Corbyn is too weak to stand up for our Union, even if he wanted to.

'The SNP will prop up Corbyn'

Theresa May, in a tartan jacket, is speaking now. 

She says this manifesto is her plan for a stronger Union and a better Britain.

My plan to build a country that works for everyone, not just a privileged few.

When I sit down with the Prime Ministers, Presidents and Chancellors of Europe, I will do so as the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, she says. 

When I fight for the best deal, it will be a deal which works for the whole United Kingdom.

When I talk about a better future for our country, I mean the whole United Kingdom.

And the choice for voters at this election is clear.

Who will be at the negotiating table, fighting to get a deal which is right for Britain and which will strengthen our Union in the years ahead?

Will it be me, or will it be Jeremy Corbyn, propped up by the Scottish Nationalists.

'You ain't seen nothing yet'

The Prime Minister said she is a bloody difficult woman, she says. 

"Well you ain't seen nothing yet". 

'We say no to an independence referendum' 

Ruth Davidson is speaking in Edinburgh. 

The Scottish Tory leader has a message for the SNP, she says 'no' when it comes to the prospect of another independence referendum. 

She calls on voters to bring the SNP down in size. 

She says she wants to talk directly to Labour voters today- she tells them they have been through election after election  and Jeremy Corbyn is "not their choice."

Let me do a job for you, she says. Only the Tories can take on the SNP. 

She says the Tories are rooted to the centre ground and can lead the fightback against Nicola Sturgeon's party. 

Journalist gather for Manifesto launch 

Here's a picture from our Scottish political editor Simon Johnson. 

Journalists are waiting to be let in for Theresa May and Ruth Davidson's manifesto launch in Edinburgh. 

Journalists await the speech   Credit: Simon Johnson 
The Tories Scottish manifesto 
Theresa May and Ruth Davidson are expected to address the crowd

'Unspeakably heartless'

Tim Farron has said the shake up social care funding is "unspeakably heartless".

The Liberal Democrat leader said the so-called "dementia tax" would see families forced to sell their homes after a loved one dies.

He told the Press Association:

The most appalling thing in the Conservative manifesto is this unspeakable dementia tax.

For the first time you'll be asked to cash-in your home when it comes to paying for your care and your treatment.

And the worst thing, to my mind - let's say you're the wife of a husband who has to go into a nursing home because of dementia, the reality is your house, the house that you still live in, the family home, will have to be cashed-in now under the Tories' heartless dementia tax.

That's absolutely appalling. It's a specific attack on those who end up getting dementia. If you have dementia, the Tories are coming for you.

Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA

Ukip bus brakes down 

Ukip leader Paul Nuttall has cancelled a day of campaigning in Essex after the party battle bus had a wing mirror knocked off.

Mr Nuttall was set to join party activists for two campaign events in the county, where the party had its only MP elected in Clacton.

But the party's distinctive purple battle bus was clipped by a lorry in a coach park overnight, taking a wing mirror off and grounding the Ukip campaign for a day while the bus gets fixed.

A party spokesman said the events would be rescheduled soon.

A lorry drove a bit too close on its way out early this morning or late last night and just knocked the wing mirror off.

It's one of those rogue accidents you can't do anything about.

There is nothing to suggest the wing mirror was knocked off on purpose, he added.

A party spokesman said the events would be rescheduled soon

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McDonnell calls on journalists to ask questions on their behalf 

McDonnell challenged on 2003 IRA comments 

John McDonnell was asked about his comments on the "bravery" of the IRA in 2003.

Hr said he has already apologised and made clear "no cause is worth an innocent life".

Saying: 

I've apologised for my language but I have made it absolutely clear, everything I did was about securing peace.

In 2003 he spoke at an event to commemorate the IRA's Bobby Sands. 

He said:

It's about time we started honouring those people involved in the armed struggle.

It was the bombs and bullets and sacrifice made by the likes of Bobby Sands that brought Britain to the negotiating table.

Look familiar? 

Labour calls on PM to withdraw winter fuel pledge 

John McDonnell says Labour is calling on Tories to withdraw their plans to cut winter fuel allowance payments "immediately". 

He says he is personally "angry" about the winter fuel allowance.

I campaigned against fuel poverty for years.

He is asked by Sky news why the likes of Alan Sugar should get winter fuel allowance- funded by the taxpayer.

He replies that means testing puts people off claiming. 

'Worst decade for pay in 200 years' 

John McDonnell is back up.

He says Britain is witnessing the worst decade for pay in 200 years.

Wages are lower than they were in 2010, he says. 

We're the only advanced major economy where growth has returned, but wages are falling.

He says that under the Tories, Britain would have the highest tax burden since 1986/7 and the UK is set to experience the worst decade in household disposable income since 1949. 

'It's an attack on pensioners'

Rebecca Long-Bailey is now up and she says the Tories aren't even offering pensioners "a carriage clock" when they retire. 

She says the Conservative party ave declared all out war on pensioner incomes.

"Those people have worked hard and did what was asked of them", she says. 

She says 10 million pensioners could be at risk of losing their winter fuel allowances - that's 5 out of 6.

"It's an attack on pensioners", she says. 

Theresa May could bring forward increases to the state pension age for millions of workers, she says.

But Labour will keep state pension age at 66.

Labour's new campaign poster

John McDonnell is speaking in London this morning.

He says there is "not a single mention" of living standards in the Conservative's manifesto. 

There is a “clear and unambiguous threat to living standards” if Theresa May is reelected, he says. 

He says Labour's manifesto is "bold and brave" and the Tory manifesto fails working people and pensioners.

Labour's take on the Tory manifesto 

'Crazy to cost manifestos' 

Ken Clarke has said party manifestos should not be costed because outlining how policy proposals would tie future chancellors to use them as the basis of their budgets.

The former chancellor told the BBC Radio 4 Today programme:

Ever since that crazy manifesto that somebody put out of Conservative headquarters last time, we appear now to have a debate that all the budgets for the next four years and every public policy should be constrained in detail in what I think you'll agree is the rather mad atmosphere of a national election campaign.

If I was chancellor of the exchequer in say three or four years time, which certainly I won't be, the idea that I'd have to go to the manifesto to see what the budget is going to have in it is crazy because we don't know what circumstances you face.

Ken Clarke Credit: Dan Kitwood/Getty

Tories 'uncosted commitments'

John McDonnell has accused the Conservatives of making "uncosted commitments" in their manifesto.

The shadow chancellor said Theresa May's plan to means test the winter fuel allowance was "sick and sneaky".

And he said the Tories had made "60 uncosted commitments".

He told the BBC Radio 4 Today programme:

On every item we put forward on our manifesto I rolled out a detailed costing and funding source.

She's having a blank cheque. You would not let someone go off to the supermarket with a blank cheque, take things off the shelves and not tell you how much they're going to pay for.

Shadow chancellor John McDonnell  Credit: Chris Radburn/PA

He also said that "10 million pensioners" would be "waking up to the fact that they could lose their winter fuel allowance". 

Saying: 

People on pensioner credits are some of the poorest in our society.

I think this is absolutely sick and sneaky.

Sturgeon: 'The Tories are doing better'

Nicola Sturgeon has admitted that there is "no getting away" from the recent surge in support for the Conservatives in Scotland.

Speaking on BBC Breakfast, the First Minister said:

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.

This is a Westminster election, it's about who represents Scotland at Westminster.

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.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon  Credit: Andrew Milligan/PA 

'No timetable for migration target' 

No timetable has been set for the Tory plan to cut annual net migration to the "tens of thousands", a senior Cabinet minister has admitted.

Sir Michael Fallon said it was an "ambition" to get the numbers down but said the economic cost of the policy could not be calculated because there was no fixed deadline.

The Tory manifesto said the current figure of 273,000 people heading to Britain was "still too high" and promised to slash the number to "sustainable levels".

Challenged how much the cost of cutting immigration would be, Defence Secretary Sir Michael said:

There has been various academic work done on the cost of immigration.

We have made it clear we accept there is a cost and we want to make sure that British companies do contribute to the training of British workers when they want to fill that post.

Pressed on the cost on BBC Two's Newsnight, Sir Michael said:

We haven't set out a formulation of how much it will reduce by each year, what we have set out is our ambition to continue to bear down on immigration.

It's an ambition, and we have had it in previous manifestos.

Sir Michael conceded:

We have not costed (it) because we don't know, specifically, what year we are going to reach that point of reducing to exactly tens of thousands.

Scottish Tories launch their election manifesto

Good Morning,

Attentions will turn north of the border today as the Prime Minister joins the Scottish Tories to launch their manifesto.

Ruth Davidson will be making a pitch to Labour voters as her party looks to take seats from the Scottish National Party, while fellow party leaders Nicola Sturgeon and Kezia Dugdale will also be campaigning ahead of June's poll.

Ruth Davidson on a visit to Peterhead fish market Credit: Wullie Marr

Ms Davidson will pledge that she could "do a job" for Labour supporters while their party is engulfed in a "state of civil war".

She will claim that with the "help" of Labour voters, her party can defeat the SNP in "many places" across Scotland.

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The Conservative manifesto, launched by Mrs May yesterday, revealed the Tories will block a second independence referendum if they win the general election- unless there is “public consent” for a rerun.

It signaled that there will not be another vote for several years until after the “Brexit process has played out” and the Scottish people back a new plebiscite.

Mrs May made no direct mention of Scotland in her speech unveiling the manifesto but spoke of a “unity of purpose stretching across this precious union of nations from North to South and East to West”.

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Unlike the Tories’ 2015 manifesto, the party’s 2017 manifesto repeatedly stresses the party’s full name – “The Conservative and Unionist Party” – throughout the document.

The manifesto takes aim at the Scottish National Party saying that its demand for another independence referendum comes from those who “would disrupt our attempts to get the best deal for Scotland and the United Kingdom” with the EU.

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