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Salmond call to save Scotland from 'decade of despair'

Alex Salmond
Mr Salmond visited SNP headquarters on the final day of campaigning

SNP leader Alex Salmond has urged voters to help protect Scotland from the "cuts agenda" of other parties.

Visiting his party's headquarters in Edinburgh on the final day of election campaigning, he claimed only the SNP would stand up for Scotland.

Mr Salmond said other parties had proposed a "decade of despair", with savage cuts to public services.

"We are the only party with a vision for a fairer, wealthier independent Scotland," he added.

Mr Salmond said it would represent an "electoral hangover of historic proportions", if Scotland woke up on Friday morning without protection from the London cuts agenda.

He said: "Labour are finished, while the Tories are arrogantly saying they can rule with no Scots MPs and the Lib Dems are ready to do a deal with David Cameron.

"It is too late to save Labour, but on polling day we can vote to save Scotland from the worst impact of a Tory or Tory-led government."

'Real alternative'

The SNP was the only party offering a real alternative to the "dismal vision" of the London parties, Mr Salmond said.

He added: "We say scrap the things that don't matter, like the £100bn on Trident nuclear missiles, and protect the things that do matter, like schools and hospitals."

The SNP campaign team is making 100,000 phone calls to supporters and delivering the last 250,000 letters in key constituencies, in the final hours before voters go to the polls.



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