Luke Pollard MP

Labour & Co-operative MP for Plymouth Sutton and Devonport

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Ed Milibands rules out SNP coalition as UKIP backs the Tories


Today Ed Miliband ruled out a coalition with the SNP if Labour falls short of a majority in the election in May. That means Tory scaremongering about this in Plymouth should stop. People in Plymouth deserve a better type of politics than scaremongering and speculation.

Labour will not go into coalition government with the SNP

Ed Miliband has today made clear that Labour will not go into coalition government with the SNP, and that there will be no SNP ministers in any government he leads. This is really important as today I've been taking calls from people who have received letters from my Tory opponent scaremongering about a Labour and SNP coalition.

I've posted a fair few times that I'm not a big fan of negative politics. We know that the Tories are scaremongering about the SNP and its impact on Plymouth. Instead of talking about what positive policies they have they're spreading rumours about our future to drive division and worry. This isn't the type of politics I believe in.

Ed Miliband today said:

"Labour will not go into coalition government with the SNP. There will be no SNP ministers in any government I lead. So the true election choice is what it has always been: A Labour government with a better plan for working people across Britain or a Conservative government that stands for the rich and powerful.”

Positive politics

I want to spend the next eight weeks debating the real choice facing the British people in this election: a choice between a better future for Britain with a Labour government or the failing plan of this Conservative government. Of course that means highlighting the record and public statements of those seeking public office but done in a constructive positive way. This should not be about parties throwing mud at each other hoping some of it will stick.

Labour in Plymouth are 100% focused on winning that debate to win the Labour majority government that can bring the change Plymouth needs. The Tories don’t want that debate. They don’t want to talk about that choice. That is why David Cameron is running scared of the TV debates and why the local Tory MP, Mr Colvile, hasn't responded to my call for a head to head debate here in Plymouth. I think debates are a good thing and giving local people a chance to quiz their candidates is a good thing.

UKIP will prop up a Tory Government

Over the weekend we saw Nigel Farage announce that he wanted to prop up the Conservative Party in power after the next election. Now that Ed has ruled out a coalition with the SNP, perhaps we can get back to talking about the policies that really matter: the cost of living crisis, the NHS, schools, the environment and wages to name only a few.

No more Tory scaremongering please

So here's my challenge to the Tories in Plymouth: Let's talk about our policies not scaremonger about things that won't happen. Labour won't form a coalition with the SNP so don't write to voters suggesting that what is going to happen. It's the worst type of cynical politics. I think Plymouth deserves better than this. Don't you?



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