Liberal Leader, Miliband, Finally Rules out SNP Coalition Deal

This article was last updated on April 16, 2022

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Liberal leader Ed Miliband has finally disregarded any kind of coalition deal with SNP that would see Scottish ministers in Westminster. According to the party leader, the party will not form a Government using MPs from north of the border in case the Labours fail to win a majority in May. He explained that the “Labour will not go into coalition government with the SNP. There will be no SNP ministers in any government I lead.”

However, quite noticeably, his carefully drafted words still left a room for a looser arrangement that might see the SNP offering limited support to shore up Labour. There could be space for the two parties to entire into a “confidence and supply” arrangement, which would see the SNP vote through Budget proposals and vote for the Government in a no confidence vote.

Scottish First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, claims that she would be willing to “strike deals with a minority Labour UK Government,” adding she “cannot see for the life of me” why Mr Miliband would want to rule out a coalition with the SNP. She stressed that “working with Labour, in a looser arrangement, I certainly wouldn’t rule out because I want to see SNP MPs being in the House of Commons arguing for and pushing for progressive change.” She added that “I cannot see for the life of me why Labour wouldn’t want to contemplate the possibility of working with the SNP to keep the Tories out of office.”

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