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Scottish Conservative leader Mr Ross takes his opposition party into the Holyrood election next Thursday, hoping to strike a hammer blow into the SNP's pursuit of a second referendum on Scottish independence. First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has vowed the SNP - who have 61 MSPs in the 129 seat parliament - will ramp up their pursuit for Scotland to split from the rest of the UK if they can secure a majority in the national polls. This comes despite Prime Minister Boris Johnson rejecting repeated demands from the SNP for the UK Government to transfer the relevant powers to Holyrood to hold a second independence referendum.

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Earlier this month, the SNP released its election manifesto, which said: "We are seeking your permission at this election for an independence referendum to be held after Covid - when the crisis has passed but in time for us to equip our Parliament with the full powers it needs to drive our long-term recovery from Covid."

But Scottish Conservative leader Mr Ross believes his party can repeat their result from the last Scottish election in 2016, which saw them double their seats under then-leader Ruth Davidson from 15 to 31 and subsequently deny the SNP a majority Government.

Ahead of the crunch election next Thursday, he is urging Scottish voters now is the time to end "14 years of failure" under the SNP.

Mr Ross believes an SNP majority would have disastrous consequences for Scotland, accusing the ruling party of being obsessed with their "party political priority" and not the priorities of 5.5 million people in the country.

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He told Express.co.uk: "If the SNP win a majority, it will be a Government that seeks division, wants to create fights with the UK Government rather than seeking to work with them, and we can do so much better than that.

"There is an opportunity at this election, after 14 years of failure from the SNP, to seek a better alternative.

"It would be disastrous for Scotland if the SNP win an overall majority and go unchecked over the next five years in Holyrood, doing whatever they like as they seek to divide our country all over again, rather than working across parliament to protect jobs, invest in extra teachers, tackle the attainment gap, deal with Scotland's massive drug death problem.

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