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Nicola Sturgeon on a high after leaders debate 'triumph'

By PA Reporters

Published 04/04/2015

Scottish National Party leader Nicola Sturgeon and British Prime Minister and Conservative leader David Cameron take part in the ITV Leaders' Debate
Scottish National Party leader Nicola Sturgeon and British Prime Minister and Conservative leader David Cameron take part in the ITV Leaders' Debate
Nicola Sturgeon
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon on the campaign trail in Edinburgh

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has revealed she has 15,000 new followers on Twitter following the televised party leaders debate where it's being acknowledged she performed most strongly.

She was welcomed by cheering activists in Edinburgh after her appearance where she shared a platform with six other leaders.

Ms Sturgeon told them a strong SNP showing in the election could help "lock the Tories out of government" as she returned to the campaign.

The Scottish leader said the SNP and Labour would constitute an "anti-Tory majority" if the two parties together secure more MPs than the Conservatives on May 7.

Polling after the programme showed Ms Sturgeon had been well received both north and south of the border, with Defence Secretary Michael Fallon admitting "she certainly outshone the other challengers".

The Conservatives warned that a Labour government propped up by the SNP and other smaller parties would be a "lethal cocktail" that would destabilise the country and undermine the economic recovery.

Campaigning in Glasgow, Scottish Labour leader Jim Murphy restated that a vote for the SNP instead of Labour would only serve to hand the Tories a second term.

Ms Sturgeon said: "If the SNP and Labour combined have more MPs than the Tories do if there is an anti-Tory majority - we can lock David Cameron out of Downing Street."

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