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Nicola Sturgeon determined to keep Tories out of Downing Street

By Andrew Woodcock

Published 24/04/2015

Scottish nationalists could prop up a minority Labour administration even if Ed Miliband's party ends up with 40 fewer MPs than the Conservatives after the general election, SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon has said.

Ms Sturgeon said if David Cameron could not command a majority in the Commons dominated by "anti-Tory" parties then he will not be able to form a government, even if they are by far the largest single party.

As expectations remain high of a hung parliament with a contingent of as many as 50 SNP MPs, Ms Sturgeon was asked on BBC2's Newsnight whether her party would be ready to prop up a Labour government if the party had fewer seats than the Conservatives.

She replied: "Yes. Even if the Tories are the largest party, if there is an anti-Tory majority, my offer to Labour is to work together to keep the Tories out."

Asked if this would remain her position even if Mr Cameron had 30 more MPs than Mr Miliband, she confirmed: "If there is an anti-Tory majority, yes... we would work with Labour to stop the Tories getting into Downing Street."

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