bour-SNP alliance would be “a match made in hell” for the UK economy, Prime Minister David Cameron said yesterday.
In a speech at a train factory in Crewe, Cameron said Labour leader Ed Miliband would bring the economy “to a grinding halt” if he did a deal with Scottish first minister Nicola Sturgeon.
“Make no mistake, if Labour and the SNP get into power, you are going to see an alliance between a party that wants to spend, borrow and tax more, with a party that wants to spend, borrow and tax even more,” the Prime Minister said.
It was just the latest in a series of efforts from Cameron and the Conservatives to convince voters a Labour-SNP partnership would be detrimental. Over the weekend, the Tories rolled out their latest election poster showing Sturgeon playing puppet master to Miliband.
But in an interview with the BBC last night, when asked if the SNP would be “calling the shots” in the event of a Labour minority government, Miliband replied, “That ain’t gonna happen.”
Earlier yesterday, Miliband spoke to members of the Scottish Trades Union Congress, where he failed to directly attack the SNP, but instead called for Scottish voters to “put an end” to the current government by voting Labour.
The comments from both Cameron and Miliband came off the back of Sturgeon’s launch of her own party’s manifesto yesterday. Sturgeon said the SNP’s number-one priority would be to end austerity, increasing spending by more than £140bn. She also said SNP MPs in Westminster would make a Labour government “bolder and better.”
Sturgeon said the SNP would support Labour policies such as the reinstatement of a 50p tax rate for the highest earners, a mansion tax on homes valued at more than £2m, and a bankers’ bonus tax.
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