In Nicola Sturgeon’s Question Time debate this evening, the SNP leader warned that Scottish voters “would never forgive” Ed Miliband for allowing a Tory government back into power rather than doing a deal with her party.
Sturgeon told the audience that Miliband “sounded as if he was saying he would rather see Cameron and the Conservatives back in government than work with SNP.” She said she thought “people across Scotland and much of the UK will be appalled”.
Miliband has ruled out doing a confidence and supply deal with the SNP, as well as a more formal coalition. The Labour leader told the BBC Question Time audience earlier this evening: “If the price of having a Labour government was having a deal or a coalition with the SNP – it’s not going to happen.”
“I’m not going to sacrifice the future of our country, the unity of our country,” he said. “I’m not going to give in to SNP demands around Trident, around the deficit or anything like that.”
Sturgeon told the audience in her home constituency of Glasgow Southside that a big team of SNP MPs could exercise “real clout on behalf of Scotland” and exert a progressive influence on UK politics. “I think Westminster needs shaken up for everybody,” she said.