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Fury as Nicola Sturgeon sidelines independence – while launching campaign to boost support

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THE truth behind Nicola Sturgeon’s apparent show of humility around Scottish independence can today be laid bare as a “embarrassing” attempt to buy time to build more support to quit the UK.

The grassroots support site mobilise.scot encourages visitors to register their email addresses to “help us build the case that decisions made by us – not for us – offer the best future for Scotland”.It also encourages the public to send in campaign ideas, and pushes for donations to the SNP.

The small print of the website says the it is promoted by Nicola Sturgeon’s husband Peter Murrell, who is also chief executive of the SNP.Scottish Tory deputy leader, Jackson Carlaw, said the campaign proved the First Minister’s “toxic push for independence is far from being dead in the water”. He claimed Ms Sturgeon’s U-turn following a disastrous election result was “nothing more than an empty gesture”. Mr Carlaw told Express.co.uk: “This is an embarrassing attempt by the SNP to yet again rebrand independence.“Much to the frustration of the vast majority of people in Scotland, the First Minister’s speech can be viewed as nothing more than an empty gesture.

“The SNP has made one thing very clear, in her own mind at least, Nicola Sturgeon’s toxic push for independence is far from being dead in the water.”Scottish Tory leader Ruth Davidson also laid into Ms Sturgeon by criticising the “hypocrisy” of the website. Ms Davidson said Ms Sturgeon was “in denial” and “leaking credibility”. During a debate in Holyrood yesterday, Ms Davidson added: “Nicola Sturgeon could have used today to show she had listened to people across Scotland.”Instead, she has shown she is determined to press ahead with her referendum no matter what people say.”She has lost touch and is losing credibility with every passing day.