General election: Nicola Sturgeon says SNP would back 'progressive alliance' to keep Tories out of power

Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has said she would consider entering into a “progressive alliance” with other left-of-centre parties to keep the Conservatives out of power  

Launching the Scottish National Party’s campaign outside Westminster, she said: “If the parliamentary arithmetic lent itself to the SNP being part of a progressive alliance to keep the Tories out of Government, then the SNP would seek to be part of that.”

The SNP adopted a similar stance in the 2015 election. However,  the First Minister said she thought the prospect of an alliance was much less likely this time

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