Nicola Sturgeon admits she WOULD help Jeremy Corbyn

2 Jun

Nicola Sturgeon admitted today the SNP would prop up a weak Jeremy Corbyn government if Labour get within touching distance of power.

Scotland’s First Minister said there would be ‘all sorts of talks’ if voters return a hung parliament next week in which Theresa May loses power but Mr Corbyn fails to win enough to govern alone.

Ms Sturgeon said the SNP would hold the Labour leader hostage by negotiating on a policy-by-policy basis instead of joining a government full time.

Polls have shown the Tory lead collapse from around 25-points into the single digits, raising the prospect for the first time Mr Corbyn could enter No 10.

Ms Sturgeon insisted she still believed a Tory victory on June 8 was still the most likely scenario.

Labour admitted yesterday it would seek to govern alone if it wins enough seats to form a minority government next week – challenging the SNP to vote for Mr Corbyn’s 1970s-style manifesto.  

Nicola Sturgeon (pictured campaigning in Edinburgh yesterday) admitted today the SNP would prop up a weak Jeremy Corbyn government if Labour get within touching distance of power

Nicola Sturgeon (pictured campaigning in Edinburgh yesterday) admitted today the SNP would prop up a weak Jeremy Corbyn government if Labour get within touching distance of power

Nicola Sturgeon (pictured campaigning in Edinburgh yesterday) admitted today the SNP would prop up a weak Jeremy Corbyn government if Labour get within touching distance of power

Scotland's First Minister (pictured at the Scottish Parliament yesterday) said there would be 'all sorts of talks' if voters return a hung parliament next week in which Theresa May loses power but Mr Corbyn fails to win enough to govern alone

Scotland's First Minister (pictured at the Scottish Parliament yesterday) said there would be 'all sorts of talks' if voters return a hung parliament next week in which Theresa May loses power but Mr Corbyn fails to win enough to govern alone

Scotland’s First Minister (pictured at the Scottish Parliament yesterday) said there would be ‘all sorts of talks’ if voters return a hung parliament next week in which Theresa May loses power but Mr Corbyn fails to win enough to govern alone

Jeremy Corbyn's plot to run No 10 as a minority Government was revealed by shadow foreign secretary Emily Thornberry at a joint event to promote Labour's Brexit plans (pictured yesterday)

Jeremy Corbyn's plot to run No 10 as a minority Government was revealed by shadow foreign secretary Emily Thornberry at a joint event to promote Labour's Brexit plans (pictured yesterday)

Jeremy Corbyn’s plot to run No 10 as a minority Government was revealed by shadow foreign secretary Emily Thornberry at a joint event to promote Labour’s Brexit plans (pictured yesterday)

Asked if she would support PM Corbyn, Ms Sturgeon told the Today programme: ‘I have said very clearly – I said this many times during the 2015 election – that if there was to be a hung parliament and the arithmetic allowed it then I would want the SNP to be part of a progressive alternative to a Conservative government.

‘Not in a coalition, I don’t envisage any formal coalitions, but on an issue by issue basis to put forward policies for a progressive agenda.

‘We see parties in this election, not least Labour, putting forward policies the SNP have implemented in Scotland.’

Asked how she would support Mr Corbyn in a hung parliament, Ms Sturgeon said: ‘I’m sure there would be all sorts of talks if that was to happen. 

‘The idea parties would refuse to do that would be flying in the face of what the electorate had wanted.’ 

She added: ‘If that scenario arises, it means the electorate has decided it doesn’t want either of the two main UK parties to govern with a free hand.

‘The second point is to be sceptical about this. When I look at the polls right now, I see in the rest of the UK a significant narrowing of the polls but my reading of them says Theresa May and the Tories are still on track to win this election.

‘But we are no longer certain to get a bigger majority in this election and in that scenario, Scotland becomes centre stage and potentially has a pivotal role to play.

‘It could be the case that what determines whether Theresa May has a bigger majority is the election in Scotland.’  

Polls have shown the Tory lead collapse from around 25-points into the single digits, raising the prospect for the first time Mr Corbyn could enter No 10

Polls have shown the Tory lead collapse from around 25-points into the single digits, raising the prospect for the first time Mr Corbyn could enter No 10

Polls have shown the Tory lead collapse from around 25-points into the single digits, raising the prospect for the first time Mr Corbyn could enter No 10

Mr Corbyn revealed his plans for a coalition of chaos yesterday as Labour made clear it would put its manifesto to Parliament if it gets to No 10.

The Labour leader would challenge rival parties in the Commons to vote for his hard-left manifesto or let the Tories win power.

The plot was revealed by shadow foreign secretary Emily Thornberry at a joint event to promote Labour’sBrexit plans.

It can only happen if the Tories lose seats at next week’s election and Labour gets the chance to try and form a minority government.

But polls from YouGov suggest such a result – inconceivable at the start of the campaign – is now possible. 

The Tories seized on the remarks to warn ‘the truth is out’ about ‘chaotic’ plans for minor parties to prop up Mr Corbyn.  

Shadow foreign secretary Emily Thornberry (pictured today with Jeremy Corbyn) revealed Labour would press ahead with its plan if in touching distance of power 

Shadow foreign secretary Emily Thornberry (pictured today with Jeremy Corbyn) revealed Labour would press ahead with its plan if in touching distance of power 

Shadow foreign secretary Emily Thornberry (pictured today with Jeremy Corbyn) revealed Labour would press ahead with its plan if in touching distance of power 

The plot was revealed today by shadow foreign secretary Emily Thornberry at a joint event to promote Labour's Brexit plans

The plot was revealed today by shadow foreign secretary Emily Thornberry at a joint event to promote Labour's Brexit plans

The plot was revealed today by shadow foreign secretary Emily Thornberry at a joint event to promote Labour’s Brexit plans

The Labour leader (pictured today after a speech on Brexit) would challenge rival parties in the Commons to vote for his hard-left manifesto or let the Tories win power

The Labour leader (pictured today after a speech on Brexit) would challenge rival parties in the Commons to vote for his hard-left manifesto or let the Tories win power

The Labour leader (pictured today after a speech on Brexit) would challenge rival parties in the Commons to vote for his hard-left manifesto or let the Tories win power

Answering questions following a speech by Mr Corbyn in Basildon, Ms Thornberry was asked whether Labour would be ready to do a coalition deal – or even try to persuade Sinn Fein MPs to attend the House of Commons in order to support them.

She replied: ‘The truth is we are fighting to win and we are fighting to win with a majority. That’s what we are fighting to do.

‘If we end up in a position where we are in a minority, we will go ahead and we will put forward a Queen’s Speech and a Budget.

‘If people want to vote for it, then good. If they don’t want to vote for it, they are going to have to go back and speak to their constituents and explain to them why it is that we have a Tory government instead.

‘If we are the largest party we go ahead – no deals – with our manifesto, our Budget and our Queen’s Speech.’ 

The plot can only happen if the Tories lose seats at next week's election and Labour gets the chance to try and form a minority government

The plot can only happen if the Tories lose seats at next week's election and Labour gets the chance to try and form a minority government

The plot can only happen if the Tories lose seats at next week’s election and Labour gets the chance to try and form a minority government

But polls from YouGov suggest such a result - inconceivable at the start of the campaign - is now possible

But polls from YouGov suggest such a result - inconceivable at the start of the campaign - is now possible

But polls from YouGov suggest such a result – inconceivable at the start of the campaign – is now possible

Mr Corbyn was more cautious about spelling out Labour’s plans in the case of an inconclusive election, but also insisted there would be no coalition deal.

‘We are fighting every constituency to win this election, to form a Labour government,’ he said.

‘We are not doing deals, we’re not doing coalitions, we’re not doing any agreements.

‘We are fighting to win this election on a manifesto that I’m very proud of because it will fundamentally transform our society. That is what we are looking forward to doing on June 9.’

Theresa May (pictured at a factory in Pontefract this afternoon) was struggling to soothe Tory nerves over the election today amid a backlash over skipping a TV election debate

Theresa May (pictured at a factory in Pontefract this afternoon) was struggling to soothe Tory nerves over the election today amid a backlash over skipping a TV election debate

Theresa May (pictured at a factory in Pontefract this afternoon) was struggling to soothe Tory nerves over the election today amid a backlash over skipping a TV election debate

The Prime Minister appealed for voters to have 'faith' in her as more polls showed Labour gaining ground with just a week to go until the vote

The Prime Minister appealed for voters to have 'faith' in her as more polls showed Labour gaining ground with just a week to go until the vote

The Prime Minister appealed for voters to have ‘faith’ in her as more polls showed Labour gaining ground with just a week to go until the vote

Conservative Party Chairman Patrick McLoughlin said: ‘The truth is out: Jeremy Corbyn will invite the other parties to prop him up as Prime Minister if there is a hung parliament on June 9.

‘Brexit negotiations start 11 days after you vote, but instead of focusing on those negotiations Corbyn would be busy haggling with Nicola Sturgeon and the Lib Dems. That will cause chaos.

‘Only Theresa May has the right plan for Brexit – and will use the opportunities it brings to build a United Kingdom that is stronger, fairer and even more prosperous.

‘If you don’t think Corbyn – propped up by the SNP and Lib Dems – is up to being Prime Minister, negotiating Brexit, or keeping our economy strong and nation secure, there’s no safe way to vote Labour wherever you live.’

A YouGov poll for the Times today suggested the Tory lead was down to just three points

A YouGov poll for the Times today suggested the Tory lead was down to just three points

A YouGov poll for the Times today suggested the Tory lead was down to just three points

Theresa May was struggling to soothe Tory nerves over the election today amid a backlash over skipping a TV election debate.

The Prime Minister appealed for voters to have ‘faith’ in her as more polls showed Labour gaining ground with just a week to go until the vote.

Theresa May appealed for voters to have 'faith' in her in the election next Thursday

Theresa May appealed for voters to have 'faith' in her in the election next Thursday

Theresa May appealed for voters to have ‘faith’ in her in the election next Thursday

One showed the Conservatives’ national advantage down to just three points – not enough for an overall majority. Another put Mrs May’s ratings in London below those of Jeremy Corbyn for the first time. 

Speaking in the North East, the premier tried to stop the rot by arguing that only she was able to conduct crucial Brexit negotiations. She pledged to ‘fight to earn every vote’.

‘People can have faith in me because I have faith in them,’ Mrs May said.

‘I believe in the British people. I believe that with determination, ingenuity and common sense, we can use this moment of great national change to shape a better future for Britain.’

Political opponents leapt on Mrs May’s decision to swerve the BBC debate last night, claiming that the premier was ‘complacent’ and taking the public for granted.

But Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson insisted the PM was right to sit it out and send Home Secretary Amber Rudd in her place – dismissing the seven-way event as a ‘great yammering cacophony’ that ‘elucidated nothing’.

In a TV debate last night Amber Rudd warned Britain it had ‘seen the coalition of chaos in action’ at a furious seven-way debate on live TV as she faced off with Jeremy Corbyn

 

  

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