First Minister: We’ll prop up labour if it abandons austerity

SCOTTISH National Party leader Nicola Sturgeon laid out her election plans in a speech at University College London yesterday. During her visit to the capital, Sturgeon refused to rule out a Westminster coalition with Labour but insisted that Ed Miliband’s party would have to commit to higher government spending. The title of her speech at UCL was An Alternative to Austerity. With the Tories and Labour neck-and-neck in polls and the SNP riding high, Sturgeon could be a kingmaker come May.