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Nicola Sturgeon raises prospect of a SNP-Corbyn ‘progressive alliance’ in Westminster

28 May 2017

7:42 PM

28 May 2017

7:42 PM

The most memorable poster of the 2015 general election campaign was an image of Alex Salmond with Ed Miliband snug in his top pocket. As Adam Boulton points out today, the Tories haven’t tried to revisit that image, but Nicola Sturgeon might have helped them along. She expects Theresa May to win a majority, she said. But if it’s a hung parliament, asked Andrew Neil, would she work with Mr Corbyn on his tax and spend? Her answer:-

‘We’ll work for progressive policies and we’ll work for the policies we put forward in our Manifesto. If there was to be a hung parliament of course we would look to be part of a progressive alliance that pursued progressive policies.’

The ‘reality’, she said, would be a Theresa May majority – but given that the Tory lead has fallen by more than three-quarters in YouGov polling (below) then can we really be so sure? The moral of the last three years in politics, surely, is that nothing is so crazy that it couldn’t actually happen.

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