SNP opens door to pact with Labour (with a sell out on Trident)


Nicola Sturgeon sells out the SNP members and supporters.

The SNP would support a future minority Labour government even if it renewed the Trident missile defence system, marking a U-turn that removes the biggest barrier to co-operation between the two parties.

Nicola Sturgeon, Scotland’s first minister, used a newspaper interview to say that she would ensure a “more effective Labour government” if her party’s MPs were elected to Westminster in May.

She ruled out a coalition with David Cameron but said that she was prepared to support a minority Labour government on an issue-by-issue basis.

The intervention is a headache for Ed Miliband, who planned to use a special Scottish Labour conference today to suggest that voting SNP would put Mr Cameron back in No 10.

The announcement on Trident marks a big reversal for the party, which had suggested as recently as November that the scrapping of Britain’s nuclear deterrent would be a red line.

“It’s more likely to be an arrangement where we would support Labour on an issue-by-issue basis. On that basis, there are many issues we could agree on which we would support but we would not vote for Trident,” she told The Guardian.

Alex Salmond, the former SNP leader, who is standing to become an MP in May, declared last night: “Scotland can call the tune in the next Westminster parliament.”

Some Scottish Labour MPs want Mr Miliband to go further and rule out any pact with the SNP. However, John Curtice, from the University of Strathclyde, said: “At the moment the polls suggest that no government can be formed without the acquiescence of the SNP.”

There we have it. A total sell out. She clearly has no shame whatsoever. Trident can stay, and Trident can be renewed.