NICOLA STURGEON squirmed on Sky News as she was grilled by host Adam Boulton as to whether the SNP would support a Labour minority Government.
Nicola Sturgeon insisted she doesn’t want Boris Johnson to be Prime Minister which sparked Mr Boulton’s to ask if SNP want Jeremy Corbyn as Prime Minister. The SNP leader has previously she would support Labour on the condition they respect Scotland’s plans for independence.Host Adam Boulton asked: “But the problem is that implies that you do want Jeremy Corbyn?”
Speaking on Sky News, Ms Sturgeon said: “I don’t particularly want Jeremy Corbyn but in a Westminster system if there is a hung Parliament of course you have to choose.
“I don’t want Boris Johnson in office and while I’m not Jeremy Corbyn’s biggest fan I’ve said consistently and very openly throughout this campaign.
“We would seek to be part of a progressive alliance as an alternative to the Conservatives.
“We would offer a minority Labour Government support not in any formal coalition, a less formal basis than that.
“Of course we would attach conditions to that but we want to see an end to austerity.
“We want to see an end to these really punishing welfare cuts. We want to see our public services built up again and we would expect anybody who looking for our support to respect Scotland’s right to decide its own future.”
Mr Boulton added: But that would mean a minority Labour Government led by Jeremy Corbyn so you’re in a different position from the Liberal Democrats who simply said they couldn’t support a Labour Government, you could.”
The SNP First Minister responded: “I think the big worry people have about the Liberal Democrats and Jo Swinson in the election is that they would actually if the opportunity arose put Boris Johnson into No10.
“Jo Swinson was a member of David Cameron’s Government and without Liberal support back then we wouldn’t have had austerity and welfare cuts.
“We wouldn’t have had the bedroom tax so, people are very worried about that prospect.”
Her comments come as 15 former Labour MPs have clubbed together to savage Mr Corbyn in a full-page advertisement published in an array of newspapers in the party’s northern heartlands.
The advert, published by the anti-extremism campaign group Mainstream in the North of England, was headlined: ‘Thinking of voting Labour? Think again.’
Former ministers including Ian Austin, Gisela Stuart and Ivan Lewis put their names to the advert, along with Ann Coffey, Louise Ellman, Rob Flello, Mike Gapes, Chris Leslie, Tom Levitt, Michael McCann, Joan Ryan, Gavin Shuker and John Woodcock.
The advert said: “Everyone wants a safer, fairer society. But in this election the Labour Party is set to deliver the opposite.
“We were all lifelong Labour voters and all former Labour MPs.
“We are voting for different parties at this election, but we have all come to the difficult decision not to vote Labour.”