Nicola Sturgeon raises prospect of a SNP-Corbyn 'progressive alliance' in Westminster

Marsha Scott
May 30, 2017

Corbyn has ruled out a coalition between a Labour government and the SNP after the vote, and renewed his line tonight. Now Jeremy Corbyn says he is happy to "open discussions" with her about a second referendum.

Ms Sturgeon's demands for a second independence referendum in the wake of Brexit have been blocked by the UK Government.

The Scottish Parliament formally backed Ms Sturgeon's call in March, with the combined votes of SNP and Scottish Green MSPs being enough to defeat the pro-UK Conservatives, Labour and Liberal Democrats.

In his interview with Bauer and Global radio station, Mr Corbyn was asked what he would do with regard to Scotland were he to become Prime Minister: "I'll obviously open discussions with the government in Scotland and listen very carefully to what the Scottish Parliament says", he said.

The Labour manifesto commits the party to opposing a referendum, which it describes as "unwanted and unnecessary" - with Mr Corbyn predicting independence would lead to "turbo-charged austerity".

'But I think we shod also look at the reality of this election and the polls suggest that is not going to happen'.

Scottish Tory deputy leader Jackson Carlaw today said there has been a "change in atmosphere" in Scottish politics as he insisted there are several seats where there is a "very strong prospect" of a Conservative victory.

BBC journalist Andrew Neil has been asking political leaders tough questions ahead of the General Election and this time it was Nicola Sturgeon's turn to be in the firing line.

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"She is a prime minister that has seemed to flawless the art of the U-turn", Sturgeon said.

She said the win would add weight to the SNP's victory in the Scottish election past year and a vote in the Scottish parliament giving her a fresh mandate to seek a new referendum. But let's get back to the reality of this election.

Nicola Sturgeon mooted the possibility of a "progressive alliance" that would pursue "progressive policies" at Westminster if the June 8 election resulted in a hung parliament.

The SNP won 56 of the 59 seats in Scotland in the 2015 general election, and in the run up to that ballot Tories across the United Kingdom sought to raise fears about the impact a possible coalition between Labour and the SNP could have. The judgement is in and it is damning. "Labour firmly opposes a second independence referendum".

"And while standards fall, her MSPs casually dismiss parents" concerns by declaring we have "moved on' from the need to teach literacy and numeracy".

"It's very clear that after the European Union referendum Nicola Sturgeon used Brexit as an excuse for another referendum, she pointed to her manifesto as the reason for that".

"The SNP manifesto needs to cancel the divisive independence referendum so that the SNP can finally turn their attention full time to Scottish public services".

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