Len McCluskey: Labour could govern with SNP and Green support

Posted On: 
27th November 2016

The head of the UK's biggest trade union has suggested Labour could form a government after the next election with the support of the SNP and the Greens.

Unite general secretary Len McCluskey
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Unite general secretary Len McCluskey said that although the Tories were likely to be the largest party in Westminster after the next election, Labour could conceivably form a government with the backing of other parties.

He ruled out a formal coalition but argued that Labour might be able to count on legislative support from other parties. 

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Speaking to the Herald, he said: “I’m sometimes asked if I think Jeremy Corbyn can win the election and my answer is that that’s the wrong question. The question I ask is do I think the Tories will win the next election?"

“I don’t think they’ll win the next election. They might be the largest party, but I do see Labour forming the next government not in coalition with the Greens or the SNP, but on the basis that Labour would be able to put together a Queens’ speech that the Liberals and SNP would be able to support.”

Mr McCluskey also hit out at Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale over her support for Owen Smith's attempt to oust Jeremy Corbyn.

“I’d have thought it would have been much more statespersonlike if she’d adopted a position like Carwyn Jones, the Welsh First Minister, who despite the fact that Owen Smith was a Welsh MP, stayed neutral. That’s what Kezia should have done and I think she’s done both herself and Scottish Labour a disservice.”