Duncan Glassey, founding partner and director of Edinburgh-based IFA Wealthflow said this result reflects Scots wanting to "stand tall" with the rest of the United Kingdom on the big challenges Brexit presents. "You and I spoke the day after the European Union referendum and you told me then that you thought the change with Brexit meant that Labour should stop opposing a referendum".

Ms Sturgeon admitted she was "disappointed" by the results, but said she would not make any "rash decisions" on her plan for another independence vote.

"You literally go into a one-to-one with her and it's like she's reading from a script than having a conversation", she told The Guardian.

At the end of the debate, Dugdale described Sturgeon's allegations as "absolute nonsense".

Labour are focused on holding on to the party's only Scottish MP Ian Murray in Edinburgh South but are also hopeful of capitalising on a surge in polling support to gain East Lothian.

The First Minister has argued winning more than half of Scotland's 59 seats would create a "triple lock" on delivering another ballot. As the leaders clashed at First Minister's Questions at Holyrood the day before the General Election, she pressed the SNP leader on the issue, demanding to know "why she believes private conversations shouldn't stay private?"

Ms Swinson said: "I recognise all of those who put party allegiance to one side to send a clear message that East Dunbartonshire does not want another divisive independence referendum".

'When Nicola Sturgeon was barking on the whole time about independence people felt that she was being opportunist, which angered a lot of Scots, ' said the planner.

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She said: "I've got a message to people across our country who normally vote Labour or Liberal Democrat".

The Tories seized on the revelation as a "bomshell" and "an utter disgrace".

Adam Tomkins, the Scottish Tory constitution spokesman, said it was an "astonishing revelation" after repeated statements from Jeremy Corbyn, the UK Labour leader, suggesting he would not oppose a new independence vote if Scottish voters wanted one.

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"That would mean Jeremy Corbyn in Number 10 and Nicola Sturgeon pulling the strings from Bute House".

"She's done very well to get where she has, but I think there is a danger that we've gone beyond the strong image with the marshalling of the troops, to her becoming nearly a parody of herself with the tank-riding and bull-riding and flag-waving", a senior SNP lawmaker said.

Voters will need to be registered to take part.

Meanwhile, the poll found support for independence at 43%, with 57% backing a No vote if another referendum were to take place. May hit back at Sturgeon for her "tunnel vision".