Jeremy Corbyn rules out deal with SNP in hung Parliament
Jeremy Corbyn rules out deal with SNP in hung Parliament
30 May, 2017, 05:36
"Ten days in which people across Scotland can say enough is enough, and vote SNP to stop the Tories and give Scotland a strong voice at Westminster".
SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon has called for a referendum to be held in the autumn of next year or spring of 2019.
Prime Minister Theresa May has repeatedly said that "now is not the time" for a second referendum on independence.
The Conservatives say another ballot can not take place until after Brexit and only if there is public consent for a vote.
Local Labour leader and new council leader Elaine Murray notes the parties have different views on a second independence referendum, but says this "should not affect the administration of Dumfries and Galloway Council". "The SNP manifesto will set out a clear alternative to continued Tory austerity, and the unnecessary, ideological, and self-defeating cuts that have held back the economy, damaged public services, and hammered millions by squeezing family budgets".
"And if the SNP win this election in Scotland, it will strengthen the country's hand when it comes to opposing cuts, defending our place in Europe and on choosing our future as a nation". "And given Jeremy Corbyn has said he's "absolutely fine" with a referendum, we know he'd be willing to roll over".
Ahead of the last general election, when a hung parliament seemed likely, the Tories played up the possibility of an SNP-Labour coalition.
"We've got that mandate already", she said, adding that victory would "underline and reinforce that mandate".
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"The Tories' plans have nothing to do with strong public finances and are all about their desire to cut benefits, cut pensions and shrink our public services like the NHS and the police".
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Nicola Sturgeon has said she would try to form an alliance to pursue "progressive policies" if the General Election results in a hung parliament.
On Monday, Mr Corbyn was asked in an interview with Bauer and Global radio stations what he would say to Ms Sturgeon if he was to become prime minister after the election on 8 June.
Ms Sturgeon raised the prospect of doing a deal with Jeremy Corbyn after a series of opinion polls showed Labour closing the gap on the Conservatives as the campaign enters its final stages.
But the Labour leader said he would "ask them to think very carefully about it". There will be no alliance. "We're fighting this election to win", he said.
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.
Meanwhile, the Scottish Conservatives are to publish fresh plans to improve standards in Scotland's schools as part of its demand for Ms Sturgeon to focus on "education, not separation".
"Standards are down, there is a teacher shortage, we have a curriculum in crisis and our poorest children are being let down".
Earlier in the day Corbyn had emphatically ruled out any sort of coalition or progressive alliance with the SNP, saying there would be "no deals".
"Scottish education is slipping down the worldwide rankings". Mental health waiting times are horrendous.
"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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