Theresa May visits Scotland in election campaign

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Theresa May spoke at a campaign rally in rural Aberdeenshire

Theresa May is making her first campaign visit to Scotland ahead of June’s snap general election.

The prime minister asked Scots to vote for her to “strengthen the Union”, the economy and her hand in Brexit talks.

In London, Labour’s Jeremy Corbyn talked to young people, while the Lib Dem’s Tim Farron says he wants to become the leader of the UK opposition.

In Glasgow, Nicola Sturgeon said the SNP “will not let the Tories drag Scotland backwards”.

The UK goes to the polls on 8 June for the general election, five weeks after local authority elections across Scotland, as well as in England and Wales.

Addressing party activists at a community education and employment centre, First Minister Ms Sturgeon said Scotland needed strong SNP MPs at Westminster to keep a check on the Tories.

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Nicola Sturgeon addressed activists in Glasgow on Saturday morning

She set out examples of what she said was the SNP “delivering positive change”.

She said: “Here in the East End of Glasgow we don’t need to be reminded of what happens when the Tories are in power at Westminster.

“We’ve seen it over generations and now, even with a small majority, Tory cuts are doing real damage to communities like this one. Every Tory vote risks allowing them to impose deeper cuts, penalise the vulnerable and undermine the Scottish Parliament.

“So in this general election, we have the chance to say loudly and clearly that Scotland will not let the Tories drag Scotland backwards.”

Prime Minister Mrs May visited a business and spoke at a campaign rally in Banchory, introduced by Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson.

Mrs May discussed the UK government’s modern industrial strategy.

At the rally, she said: “My message to the people of Scotland today is clear: if you vote for me, it will strengthen my hand in the Brexit negotiations.

“It will strengthen the Union, strengthen the economy, and together the UK and Scotland will flourish. Because when Scotland is flourishing, the rest of the United Kingdom is flourishing too.”

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Jeremy Corbyn urged young potential voters to overcome “apathy and resignation”

Scottish Labour has been campaigning in Edinburgh, while the Lib Dems were out in Helensburgh and Kirkintilloch.

Meanwhile, Mr Corbyn urged young potential voters to overcome “apathy and resignation” because it only favours the Tories.

He highlighted figures showing 2.4 million young people are missing from the electoral register.

The Labour leader said: “The Conservatives are more than happy with this state of affairs.

“Apathy and resignation will secure them seats on election day.”

In Leeds, Mr Farron will reiterate his claim that he could replace Mr Corbyn as leader of the official opposition.

He has also said his party is aiming to regain the Scottish seats it lost in 2015.

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