Labour rules out vote pact with SNP

The Sunday Post (Newcastle) - - NEWS -

Shadow chan­cel­lor John Mc­Don­nell has ruled out any deal with the SNP to put Jeremy Cor­byn in Down­ing Street.

Spec­u­la­tion has been grow­ing about how Labour could form a gov­ern­ment if May’s ad­min­is­tra­tion col­lapses as a re­sult of the Brexit chaos – with a sec­ond in­de­pen­dence ref­er­en­dum the pos­si­ble price of SNP sup­port.

But Mc­Don­nell yes­ter­day re­jected the idea that the Con­ser­va­tives’ deal with the DUP, which led to £1 bil­lion of ad­di­tional spend­ing in North­ern Ire­land, could pro­vide a model for a pact with the SNP.

He said: “We wouldn’t have a deal with other po­lit­i­cal par­ties.

“We be­lieve we will win the next elec­tion with a hand­some ma­jor­ity. If things go wrong and we’re the largest party we’ll form a mi­nor­ity gov­ern­ment.

“We will bring for­ward our trans­for­ma­tive pro­gramme and if other par­ties sup­port it that’s up to them.

“If they don’t we’ll go back to the peo­ple and ex­plain that you could have had your lives trans­formed but for the votes of the SNP or the Lib Dems or who­ever.”

John Mc­Don­nell

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.