SNP would back 'progressive alliance' in event of hung parliament

Pierre Vaugeois
Mai 30, 2017

Conservative Party chairman Patrick McLoughlin claimed the SNP would prop up a "weak and unstable coalition" that would put the UK's Brexit deal at risk: "Corbyn and the rest would put up taxes, weaken our defences and increase immigration".

She said: "I'm taking nothing for granted, but if the SNP win the election having won the Scottish election a year ago on the strength of a manifesto commitment that was very clear, and in the interim the Scottish parliament having backed that, I think that position of the prime minister is unsustainable".

The Sun reports SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon's pledge to put Mr Corbyn in No 10 with a "progressive alliance" should the June 8 poll produce a hung parliament.

The TV event comes as Mrs May's opponents sought to maintain pressure on her following the extraordinary U-turn over the social care policy which formed the centrepiece of her election manifesto.

As her lead shrank, Ms May was forced to backtrack on the policy at an appearance before the media at which she appeared flustered and irritated when taking questions from reporters.

Political campaigning was suspended for several days after the Manchester attack but resumed on Friday.

"He could be prime minister in two weeks time and I don't know what he would do on Brexit and neither does the country".

Headline national poll numbers failed to clearly predict Donald Trump's victory in the 2016 United States presidential election, the shock Brexit vote or Mr Cameron's 2015 election.

The trend of a decline in Ms May's lead is clear though.

Although the results are less dramatic than Friday's YouGov survey, which found the Conservative advantage squeezed to just five points, they tally with the trend in a number of polls which have shown Labour gaining on the Tories after having begun the election race as much as 25 points adrift.

Ms Davidson told Sophy Ridge on Sunday: "As a veteran of six Scottish or United Kingdom wide elections and two referenda the narrowing of the polls always happens around this time and it focuses people's minds".

ComRes interviewed 2,024 adults from May 24 to 26.

ORB further said its online poll conducted between May 24-25 showed the prime minister's lead had halved to merely six percentage points.

The Opinium and ComRes polls published on Saturday showed the lead of May's ruling Conservative Party had slipped to 10 and 12 percentage points respectively.

The latest polls pointed to a complicated representation of UK's public opinion, with people's current voting intentions being influenced by both the Manchester attack and the Conservative prime minister's unpopular social care proposals.

Sir Lynton Crosby, the party's strategist, has ordered a return to the party's core message, according to the newspaper - that Mrs May is the only leader who can make a success of Brexit.

Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn will face a televised grilling as the General Election campaign intensifies.

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