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She met SNP candidate Angus Robertson, the party’s former Westminster leader, and supporters outside the Mansfield Traquair venue on the corner of East London Street before going leafleting and calling at a shop on Broughton Street.
"It's a very unusual campaign because speaking to people is much more difficult than I’ve ever known before,” she said. “But the vibe is good. I’m feeling pretty confident. From my perspective it's just nice to get out and about again for the first time in a long time – I'm enjoying it.”
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She was waylaid by several people keen to speak to the First Minister and then found herself surrounded by children on their way home from school, who were delighted when she took time to take selfies with them on their phones.
Edinburgh Central is a key target seat for the SNP. It was snatched from them at the last election by the then Scottish Tory leader Ruth Davidson who won by 610 votes, but she is not standing again and Mr Robertson hopes to take the constituency back on May 6.
Ms Sturgeon said: “Every seat is an important seat, but this is one that we would absolutely love to win – but that's up to the voters here.
"Obviously, Angus is an exceptional candidate and it would be great to get Angus into the Scottish Parliament. I know how hard he and his campaign team are working and we take nothing for granted.”