Nicola Sturgeon set to recharge IndyRef2 movement with digital campaign: In your hands!

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After winning a majority in the May Holyrood elections, the SNP has vowed to hold a second independence referendum in the first half of the parliamentary term, by the end of 2023. Meanwhile, the Scottish First Minister shared a video urging Scottish people to back a second referendum online.

Posting on Twitter, Ms Sturgeon shared an SNP video urging supporters to share pro-Independence content online and to join the party.

The party says the video provides “useful, informative digital resources to help with campaigning”.

It also says party members need to get involved as “a better, independent Scotland is in your hands”.

It comes as pro-Independence politicians have complained Ms Sturgeon’s SNP is not doing enough to push for a second referendum.

SNP MP Joanna Cherry recently warned that “things have gone awfully quiet on the independence front since the election”.

Social media users noted the lack of information on a second referendum from the SNP, saying Ms Sturgeon should “get on with it”.

One said: “Oh is this still the aim? Thought you’d forgotten about it.”

Another added: “Any chance you might actually do something about it yourself?

“Like start it? You have a lot more power than I do.”

It comes as SNP MP Dr Phillipa Whitford admitted her party needs to do more to convince Scots to back Scottish independence.

She told Independence Live the SNP is being held back by the fact half of Scotland’s adult population does not believe in Scottish independence.

Dr Whitford said: “I think we have to remember who it is we need to be talking to.

“Everyone focuses on Boris Johnson’s ability to stop us from doing what we want but actually, the thing that is holding us back is that half the adult population in Scotland don’t yet believe in Scotland or do not believe in an independent Scotland.

“I think all of us have a job to do.

“It is not about convincing those who are already convinced, it is about convincing the 25 percent of people that are in the middle, that are utterly undecided or sort of no or sort of yes.

“All of us should be working on that all the time in our conversations.”

Support for Scottish independence has slipped in recent polling, following an increase ahead of the May 6 elections.

A Panelbase poll, for The Sunday Times, found just 48 per cent of people – excluding the don’t knows – would support independence if a referendum were held tomorrow.

The poll of 1,287 adults aged 16 and over, released on June 27 also found just 19 percent of respondents believe an independence referendum should be held within the next 12 months.

Another 35 percent support a vote in the next two to five years.

Professor Sir John Curtice, of Strathclyde University, said the results indicated “a cooling of the independence ardour” since the Holyrood elections in May.

Recently, the First Minister has fired shots at Boris Johnson’s coronavirus strategy.

According to the Prime Minister’s former adviser Dominic Cummings, Mr Johnson was reluctant to tighten lockdown last autumn because he thought people dying were “essentially all over 80”.

In response to the reports, Ms Sturgeon said: “Certainly nobody in a position like mine or Boris Johnson’s should be glib or complacent about human life, whether that’s the human life of a child, a young adult or an older adult – human life is human life…

“I think any leader who doesn’t take that seriously…should be asking themselves questions about whether they are fit for office.”

Ms Sturgeon has also said Monday’s end to Covid restrictions in England was “not sensible”.

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