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Election day ahead: Jeremy Corbyn to campaign in Scotland

Election day ahead: Jeremy Corbyn to campaign in Scotland

The SNP would try to form an alliance to pursue "progressive policies" if the general election results in a hung Parliament, Nicola Sturgeon says.

Polls show the SNP is set to easily win in Scotland in June, though May's Conservatives are expected to take some seats from them as the issue of keeping the United Kingdom together takes center stage.

Mr Corbyn has said he does not see the SNP as progressive.

The Scottish First Minister and SNP leader said that she did not think Labour's leader Jeremy Corbyn was "credible as an alternative prime minister".

She told the BBC's Sunday Politics Scotland programme: "Scotland can not be dragged back to another independence referendum when we don't know what the options look like, because we don't know what Brexit looks like, and we don't know what independence looks like because Nicola Sturgeon won't even tell us if we would be in or our of the EU or Efta (European Free Trade Association), or something else".

"Voting Labour in Scotland risks letting the Tories in", she said.

However, what Sturgeon did say was that if her party won in Scotland it would strengthen the case for a second referendum for Scottish independence.

And asked about her predecessor Alex Salmond's claim that Labour was "copying" key SNP policies, she added: "Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery".

Miss Sturgeon continued: 'Let's get back to the reality of this election.

She gave what she described as a "clear hint" on public sector pay, which is now subject to a cap, saying future settlements should "recognise the cost of living pressures that public sector workers are having to live under".

She also vowed to do everything she can to keep Scotland in the European Union if she manages to gain independence.

Only by ending austerity can we reverse heartless Tory benefit cuts that have already contributed to a 2,500 per cent increase in the number of children using foodbanks in Scotland.

'But this election will not decide if Scotland becomes independent'.

Her admission, made in her leaders interview with Andrew Neil comes after the Tories have warned that the nationalists would put Labour into Downing Street.