LABOUR MP SAYS PARTY SHOULD CONSIDER GOING INTO COALITION WITH THE TORIES
Yet another senior Labour figure has advocated the party continuing to work with the Tories after the next election – as Labour MP Gisela Stuart urged the party not to rule out a “grand coalition” with the Tories.
This episode follows on from Labour’s Lord Moonie saying that a coalition with the Tories “would be better than one with the SNP” – and a member of Labour’s Scottish Policy Forum and Vice-Chair of East Lothian Constituency Labour Party promoting on Twitter the idea that Labour voters in 16 Scottish constituencies should vote for the Tories or Lib Dems.
A YouGov poll published last month found that 43 per cent of respondents believe the SNP is best placed to prevent another Conservative Government, compared to just 33 per cent who believe Labour is best placed to do so.
Commenting, SNP Westminster Leader Angus Robertson said:
“Labour has already spent two and a half years working hand in glove with the Tories in the referendum campaign, and that has continued in votes at Westminster to impose £30bn more austerity cuts – so it’s no great surprise to see yet another senior figure in the party call for this toxic alliance to continue.
“With Labour members, Lords and now even MPs backing working with the Tories, it is no wonder that far more people trust the SNP rather than Labour to keep the Tories out of government.
“Communities across Scotland are already hurting thanks to the austerity agenda of this right-wing government – and another five years of the Tory cuts would have a devastating impact. This is exactly why the SNP has been clear that under no circumstances would we prop up a Tory government – unlike senior Labour figures.
“The General Election in May is a huge opportunity for Scotland to have power at Westminster by electing a strong team of SNP MPs who will always work in Scotland’s interests – in comparison to a Labour Party who seem increasingly intent on doing a deal with the Tories.”
The story is reported in the Financial Times: http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/
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Lab Lord prefers Tory-Lab coalition to SNP deal: http://www.snp.org/media-
centre/news/2015/feb/lab-lord- prefers-tory-lab-coalition- snp-deal
Murphy challenged after Tory vote call: http://www.snp.org/media-
centre/news/2015/feb/murphy- challenged-after-tory-vote- call
Details of the YouGov poll can be viewed at: https://d25d2506sfb94s.