Prime Minister David Cameron will use the penultimate day of the U.K. election campaign to warn voters of the alleged dangers of a Labour government reliant on Scottish National Party support.
SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon would hold the Labour party “to ransom every time there’s a vote in the House of Commons,” Cameron will say, according to e-mailed excerpts of a speech. “She wants to load the rest of the U.K. with higher taxes to pay for more welfare.”
Polls suggest neither Cameron’s governing Conservatives nor Labour leader Ed Miliband will win enough parliamentary seats in Thursday’s general election to govern without the support of smaller parties.
Victory will ultimately go to the leader who secures Parliament’s backing for their program, which will be presented in the ‘Queen’s Speech’ due on May 27. Miliband has ruled out formal cooperation with Sturgeon, though a Labour minority government would probably rely on SNP votes on a case-by-case basis.
Whereas the SNP have vowed to vote down a Tory-led government, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg told the BBC on Sunday that his Liberal Democrats would negotiate first with the party that has “the biggest mandate from the British people.”
Clegg’s party, the junior partner in Cameron’s coalition government since 2010, will probably lose around half of its 56 seats, polls show. The Liberal Democrats are set to be upended as the third-largest party in the House of Commons by the SNP, which could increase their representation from six to around 50 seats.
Clegg himself will probably fend off the Labour challenger in his Sheffield Hallam constituency thanks to tactical Tory voters, an ICM poll for the Guardian said on Monday.
Cameron’s demand for a referendum on membership in the European Union wouldn’t necessarily be an obstacle to a coalition, said Clegg, who will start a 1000-mile bus tour on Tuesday from Cornwall, in southwest England, to mainland Britain’s northeasterly tip in John O’Groats, Scotland.