General Election 2015: Ed Miliband slings hook on deal with the SNP

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Miliband: “If there is a Labour government... it’ll be a Labour budget. It will not be written by the SNP” (Source: Getty)
Labour leader Ed Miliband moved yesterday to rule out any prospect of a deal with the Scottish National Party (SNP) after the election.

“If there is a Labour government, it would be a Labour Queen’s speech. It’ll be a Labour budget. It will not be written by the SNP. I couldn’t be clearer than that,” he said.

It comes after days of sustained Conservative attacks on the possibility of such a deal. They hope the prospect of increased SNP influence in parliament will win back some wavering voters.

Defence secretary Michael Fallon said: “[Miliband] can only be Prime Minister with the support of SNP votes in the House of Commons.”

A senior Labour source hit back, telling City A.M: “No coalition, no deal, no pacts, it’s quite simple.”

However, election snapshots show that some kind of agreement between Labour and the SNP may be the only solution for Miliband.

A poll by YouGov for The Sunday Times yesterday showed Labour on top with a two point lead, on 34 per cent, and the Tories on 32 per cent.

A Panelbase poll for the Sunday Times in Scotland showed the SNP on 48 per cent in Scotland, with Labour on 27 per cent.

Visit our General Election poll tracker to see how the polls changed in the build-up to election day. 

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