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Can Nicola Sturgeon win over the rest of the UK? Twitter reaction

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Yesterday, a piece I wrote about Nicola Sturgeon and how she is being received outside Scotland as the general election approaches was published.

The premise was this: the SNP leader was judged to have performed well in the seven-way leaders’ debate last week, with one UK-wide poll suggesting she won. There have been a number of stories in newspapers since containing examples of people in England asking if they can vote for the party. Is it possible she could win over the rest of the UK, just months after the referendum that could have seen Scotland leave?

Here are some of the responses I got on Twitter. Overwhelmingly, those who got back to me online said no.

This was my favourite response 

Some people said yes, but not many

The online reaction didn’t match with what I found when out speaking to people in central London for the piece. I stopped a number of people to ask them about the SNP leader. Some hadn’t heard of her and had no interest in politics. But from those who had, all bar one said they were impressed.

Here’s a couple of quotes from the piece.

“I thought she was really good… she was more sensible than a lot of the other party leaders.” Carrado Manzai, 21.

“Nicola Sturgeon had a better vision and I think that’s what our politics has been missing.” Sarah Rowe, 28.

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Written by Nick Eardley

April 8, 2015 at 8:38 am

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