Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has called for more power

Updated: 00:00 GMT, Jan 1, 1970 | Published: 10:25 GMT, May 10, 2015 |

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has called for new tax and welfare powers to be devolved to Scotland as a “priority”.

Ms Sturgeon told the BBC such powers would allow the Scottish government to grow the economy. She added that she had spoken “briefly” to Prime Minister David Cameron but more discussions were required.

Ms Sturgeon also said her party now provided the main opposition at Westminster. Speaking to the foreign media, Ms Sturgeon said Mr Cameron did not appear to want to move beyond powers already outlined in the Smith Commission.

She said: “What we will argue for is priority devolution of powers over business taxes, employment, the minimum wage, welfare, because these are the levers we need to grow our economy to get people into work paying taxes and lifting people out of poverty.

“David Cameron did not give me any indication that he wanted to move beyond the current Smith Commission proposals.

“I think he has to and that clearly is one of the things we are going to have to discuss.”