Sturgeon criticised on health and education record

Nicola Sturgeon came under sharp pressure from audience members over her government’s record on health and education in the first debate of Scottish party leaders ahead of the UK general election. 

The criticism highlighted the potential impact on Ms Sturgeon’s Scottish National party of complaints about its record on devolved issues, even though these are decided by the Scottish parliament, not the Westminster MPs who will be elected on June 8. 

Polls suggest that the SNP is heading for an emphatic victory next month, but one well short of its extraordinary feat in 2015 of winning 56 out of Scotland’s 59 Westminster seats.

In the most dramatic exchange of the Sunday night debate, one audience member said that she was a nurse who was forced to use food banks and struggled to pay bills because of caps on Scottish National Health Service salaries. 

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