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Parties suspend Holyrood election campaigns following Duke of Edinburgh’s death

The Scottish Conservatives, Scottish Labour and the Scottish Liberal Democrats have suspended their campaigns for next month’s election.

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The Duke of Edinburgh at a Garden Party at the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh (Andrew Milligan/PA)

The Duke of Edinburgh at a Garden Party at the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh (Andrew Milligan/PA)

The Duke of Edinburgh at a Garden Party at the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh (Andrew Milligan/PA)

Parties in Scotland have suspended campaigning for the Holyrood election following the death of the Duke of Edinburgh.

Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon was among those paying tribute north of the border.

She tweeted: “I am saddened by news that the Duke of Edinburgh has died. I send my personal and deepest condolences – and those of @scotgov and the people of Scotland – to Her Majesty The Queen and her family.”

Scottish Conservative leader Douglas Ross said: “In the middle of a political campaign, this is a reminder of what’s most important in life.

“We have lost a tremendous public servant who for decades served his Queen and country. My heartfelt condolences are with Her Majesty and all of the Royal Family.

“We have suspended our campaign effective immediately.”

Scottish Labour and the Scottish Liberal Democrats have also suspended their campaigns for the election on May 6.

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