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Spectre of SNP haunts UK election campaign

world Updated: Apr 22, 2015 01:27 IST
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John Major


The Conservative party on Tuesday wheeled out former prime minister John Major to harp on the ‘risk’ posed to the future of the United Kingdom if the Scottish National Party (SNP) were to prop up a Labour government in Westminster after the May 7 elections.

Continuing the Conservative party’s strategy to play on fears in England of the ‘canny Scots’ assuming a key role by winning a majority of the 59 seats in Scotland, Major alleged that the SNP wanted to ‘prise apart’ the UK and posed a ‘real and present danger to our future’.

SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon laid out the party’s manifesto on Monday, promising to wield the party’s influence in the House of Commons for the benefit for all people in the UK, not just in Scotland. However, the party has not ruled out another referendum on independence.

Major said: "They will pit Scotland against England… we would all pay for the SNP’s ransom in our daily lives — through higher taxes, fewer jobs, and more and more debt… this is a recipe for mayhem."

Labour leader Ed Miliband accused Conservative leader David Cameron of ‘playing games’ and said Cameron should be ‘taking on the nationalists’ not ‘talking them up’. Miliband said he would not agree to another referendum on Scotland’s independence.