Ed Miliband will “change his tune” about ruling out a deal with the SNP when the results of the General Election are in, Nicola Sturgeon has predicted.
The First Minister added that while the Labour leader might want a majority government at Westminster, all the polls indicate he will not achieve that aim.
Labour is expected to suffer heavy losses in Scotland – where it won 41 seats in 2010 – with forecasts suggesting Ms Sturgeon’s party could see as many as 50 MPs elected.
After the Labour leader restated his opposition to doing any kind of deal with the SNP, Ms Sturgeon said “I suspect Ed Miliband will change his tune once the votes are cast.”
The latest set of polls indicate that the General Election race is still neck-and-neck, with the country heading for a probable hung parliament.
Pressed on whether he would consider a confidence-and-supply deal with the SNP to ensure backing for a Queen’s Speech and Budget if he failed to secure an overall majority, Mr Miliband said: “I am not interested in deals, no.”
But Ms Sturgeon said: “On May 8 once the votes are cast, once the people have cast their verdict, Ed Miliband, just like the rest of us, will have to respect the wishes of the people in a democratic election. If there is a minority government, if no party has an overall majority, then it’s simply not possible to ignore the views of other parties – I know that, I was part of a minority government at the Scottish Parliament.”
Meanwhile, Tory Home Secretary Theresa May has said that a Labour/SNP government could be “the biggest constitutional crisis since the abdication”, when King Edward VIII gave up the throne in 1936.
Ms Sturgeon said: “Theresa May has made herself look completely and utterly stupid with ridiculous over-the-top comments like that. This is the same Theresa May that tried to tell the people of Scotland during the referendum campaign that if we voted Yes we would lose our passports and have border controls.
“People will look at these silly comments, and I was going to say they will treat them with contempt, but that actually attaches too much seriousness to them. People will just laugh at her.”
Salmond laughs off ‘constitutional crisis’
Alex Salmond has insisted the SNP could have a “substantial influence” at Westminster after May 7 as he laughed off claims that a minority Labour government propped up by Scottish nationalists would bring about the worst “constitutional crisis” the UK has faced for almost 80 years.
The former SNP leader claimed Tory Home Secretary Theresa May was “overwrought” after she suggested an alliance between the SNP and Ed Miliband would be “the biggest constitutional crisis since the abdication”, when King Edward VIII gave up the throne in 1936.
The former first minister said: “I think the best thing to do is to laugh at this Tory campaign.”
No deal for Davidson at Holyrood
Scottish Tory leader Ruth Davidson has “absolutely” ruled out supporting an SNP government in Edinburgh if the nationalists fail to win a majority in next year’s Holyrood election.
The Conservative insisted: “Given how close the SNP took our country to the brink I will not be doing a deal with them after 2016, absolutely not.”
Her predecessor, Annabel Goldie, worked with the nationalists in the Scottish Parliament between 2007 and 2011 when they were in minority administration, using negotiations to see Tory policies put in place.
But Ms Davidson told the BBC’s Sunday Politics Scotland programme: “I’m doing no deals with the SNP.
“I’m out there every single day fighting the SNP, I’ve been doing it for two-and-a-half years.
“I do not wish to do any deals with the SNP now or after the election in 2016. In Holyrood or in Westminster.”
She stressed no formal or informal deals would take place under her leadership, adding: “A future leader of the Scottish Conservatives, they can make their own decisions, but this is the decision I make.”
Murphy seeks a bounce in the polls
JIM Murphy was aiming to pick up points in the opinion polls as he visited Holy Rood High School.
He was put through his paces by youngsters from the Edinburgh City Basketball Club.
Scottish Labour leader Mr Murphy, who has been tipped to lose his East Renfrewshire seat at the general election, used the visit to call on First Minister Nicola Sturgeon to “come clean” on SNP plans for a second independence referendum.
He said: “Nothing can disguise the truth that the SNP would use election victories to propel Scotland towards a second referendum.”