Laura Kuenssberg has been embroiled in a Twitter spat with First Minister Nicola Sturgeon over an independence rally in Glasgow this weekend.

It comes after the BBC political editor tweeted: "The SNP has just announced a big rally on Saturday in Glasgow - do you think that's the action of a party about to say yes or no to a General Election??"

However, the First Minister was quick to respond pointing out that the event was arranged by our sister paper, The National, and that it had been planned for a number of months. 

It was announced last week however that the First Minister would be speaking. 

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Nicola Sturgeon tweeted: "a) it’s not an SNP rally - it’s @ScotNational  and b) it was announced last week."

The BBC Political editor corrected her initial tweet explaining that a public notice had just been sent out to broadcasters confirming the First Minister's attendance.

She tweeted: "Hi there, v happy to be corrected, confusion as the party just told us that you would be attending and speaking there"

Last week, it was announced that the First Minister would address crowds at the #indyref2020: The National’s Rally for Independence which takes place in George Square on Saturday, November 2.

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The event is the first time that the pro-independence newspaper The National has arranged a rally. 


Speaking on the importance of the event in George Square, a location that has been at the heart of many independence movements, Richard Walker, who edits the Sunday National, said: “We want to bring the movement together and speak with one voice to send a message to Westminster that we don’t ask, we demand the opportunity to take control of our own future.

“We hope that people will come from all over the country to join us in Glasgow.

“We are putting together an impressive range of speakers, full details of which will be unveiled over the coming days.”

He added: “This is the first time The National has organised a public event. Its aim is to provide an opportunity for the whole independence movement to come together. There will be a range of speakers talking about why Scotland must now take control of its own destiny– as the Brexit chaos continues to unfold.”

It is the first time Nicola Sturgeon has addressed an independence rally since 2014.

You can find details of the event HERE