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    BBC News I wont be PM with SNP deal - Miliband

    I won't be PM with SNP deal, says Miliband


    There will be no Labour government if it involves a coalition or a deal with SNP, Ed Miliband has said.
    The Labour leader told BBC Question Time he "couldn't be clearer" there would be no deals between the parties.
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    SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon said Mr Miliband would never be forgiven if he let the Tories retain power rather than work with her party.
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    With polls suggesting Labour could lose a number of its seats to the SNP on 7 May, Mr Miliband was repeatedly asked whether his party would work with Nicola Sturgeon's party.


    "I am not going to have a Labour government if it means deals or coalitions with the Scottish National Party," he said, ruling out a so-called confidence and supply arrangement.
    "It's not going to happen. I couldn't be clearer with you."
    He added: "If the price of having a Labour government was coalition or a deal with the Scottish National Party, it's not going to happen."
    Mrs Sturgeon, UKIP leader Nigel Farage and Plaid Cymru's Leanne Wood were also being questioned in separate programmes.
    Ms Sturgeon said [Only registered and activated users can see links. ]with her party.
    "He sounded as if he was saying that he would rather see David Cameron and the Conservatives back in government than actually work with the SNP," she said.
    "Now, if he means that then I don't think people in Scotland will ever forgive Labour for allowing the Conservatives back into office.
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    'Deadly serious'

    With the first question of the special election edition of Question Time, Mr Miliband was challenged over the note left by former Labour chief secretary to the Treasury Liam Byrne for his successor, which said "there's no money".
    He said the note was David Cameron's "regular prop" and that it was his party's "mission" to eliminate the deficit.
    Citing comments by shadow chancellor Ed Balls that Mr Byrne's note had been a joke, an audience member said "running a business is anything but a joke", saying someone working in the private sector would be fired if they did the same.
    Mr Miliband said his party was "deadly serious" about balancing the books.
    He was also challenged by a man in the audience who said it was "ludicrous" he did not accept Labour had spent too much in government.
    Labour had "got it wrong" on bank regulation, Mr Miliband said, adding that his party did not "do enough on apprenticeships" or on a "modern industrial strategy".
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