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The first minister previously rolled back on her plan to hold another Scottish referendum after the SNP suffered heavy losses in the general election in June, going from 56 seats in 2015 to 35 in this year's vote - with 12 seats going to the pro-Union Conservatives.

On Catalonia, which voted on independence in a referendum deemed illegal by Spain, Sturgeon said that while she is pro-EU and wants Scotland to be a full member should it choose to become independent, the European Union failed Catalonia last week.

Right now, we invest around £420m a year in early years education and childcare.

In the speech, she insisted her SNP Government is still trusted to deliver in Scotland, despite the suffering a crushing blow and losing more than a third of its Westminster seats.

The Scottish government has pledged to nearly double free provision to 30 hours a week. "Our focus now is on the next ten years and beyond".

"We have taken a range of actions to help councils tackle that problem and now I want to go further". The challenges we face are generational.

At the heart of all that we do is a determination to make Scotland the best place in the world to grow up.

She is expected to say: "Often when I have talked about this policy, I've been asked - sometimes sceptically - if we will really be able to fund it properly".

Ms Sturgeon will say that the SNP's commitment to increasing the amount of free childcare is "unmatched" anywhere else in the United Kingdom and should be viewed as an investment in Scotland's future.

"So as we look ahead we face a choice: we can trail in the wake of the change that is coming - or we can choose to shape our own future".

The SNP leader provided opponents with a "gentle reality check", saying her party was polling at "a higher level today than we were at this point in the honeymoon days after our 2007 win or our landslide in 2011".

"Let's resolve this today: let's not wait for others to decide for us".

The new utility would provide gas and power to households "as close to cost price as possible", Sturgeon said on Tuesday in a speech to her Scottish National Party's annual conference in Glasgow.

"Perhaps if she'd spent more time on the day job, and less time trying to break up Britain, some of this so-called vision would already have been achieved".



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