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I won’t be PM with SNP deal: Miliband

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British Labour Party leader Ed Miliband
British Labour Party leader Ed Miliband
British Labour Party leader Ed Miliband

There will be no Labour government if it involves a coalition or a deal with SNP, Ed Miliband has said.

The Labour leader told BBC Question Time he “couldn’t be clearer” there would be no deals between the parties reports BBC.

SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon said Mr Miliband would never be forgiven if he let the Tories retain power rather than work with her party.

With polls suggesting Labour could lose a number of its seats to the SNP on 7 May, Mr Miliband was repeatedly asked whether his party would work with Nicola Sturgeon’s party.

“I am not going to have a Labour government if it means deals or coalitions with the Scottish National Party,” he said, ruling out a so-called confidence and supply arrangement.

“It’s not going to happen. I couldn’t be clearer with you.”

He added: “If the price of having a Labour government was coalition or a deal with the Scottish National Party, it’s not going to happen.”

Ms Sturgeon, UKIP leader Nigel Farage and Plaid Cymru’s Leanne Wood were also being questioned in separate programmes.

“He sounded as if he was saying that he would rather see David Cameron and the Conservatives back in government than actually work with the SNP,” she said.

“Now, if he means that then I don’t think people in Scotland will ever forgive Labour for allowing the Conservatives back into office.