SNP would back 'progressive alliance' in event of hung parliament

Scots poll questions voter apathy fears

Scots poll questions voter apathy fears

Jeremy Corbyn has said he would "open discussions" with the SNP over a second independence referendum if he Labour wins the general election.

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.

"I will never fold against Nicola Sturgeon's demand for a second referendum".

NICOLA Sturgeon will unveil plans to free up an extra £118billion for a public spending spree in her party's General Election manifesto this week.

Corbyn has ruled out a coalition between a Labour government and the SNP after the vote, and renewed his line tonight..

Miss Sturgeon said: 'My first question to Jeremy Corbyn would be, are you going to work with the SNP to end Tory austerity, because there is an alternative to Tory austerity that I don't think Labour is putting forward'.

The Labour leader replied: "I'll obviously open discussions with the Government in Scotland and listen very carefully to what the Scottish Parliament says".

But she has predicted that the Conservatives will win another majority in the election - and has said Mr Corbyn is not a credible candidate to be prime minister.

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"I would ask them to think very carefully about it and suggest it would be much better to have this question dealt with at the conclusion of what are very serious and very important Brexit negotiations, where I am utterly determined to achieve tariff-free trade access to the European markets to protect manufacturing and service jobs all across the United Kingdom, all across Scotland, Wales and England as well of course".

Ms Sturgeon told the BBC's Andrew Neil in an interview on Sunday that the election would "not decide whether or not Scotland becomes independent".

She said: 'I've made it clear, I made it clear in 2015 that if the arithmetic lends itself to a progressive alliance that can lock the Tories out of government I would want the SNP to be part of that.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has also firmly opposed a second referendum in recent weeks, claiming it is "unnecessary and unwanted", despite saying earlier this year he would be "fine" with one being held if the Scottish Parliament called for it.

Speaking ahead of the launch, Ms Sturgeon said that both the Tories' and Labour's economic plans had "unravelled" under scrutiny from the Institute for Fiscal Studies.

"Labour voters in Scotland now know that Jeremy Corbyn would sell them down the river".

If the Conservatives could win 12 Scottish constituencies on June 8, that would be the party's best result in a Westminster election north of the border for more than three decades. It's an absurd position. There will be no coalition with Theresa May and her plan for a damaging hard Brexit and a cold hearted plan for the country.