Emily Thornberry says Labour would dare smaller parties to vote down its Budget in hung parliament
Labour would introduce a Budget and challenge the SNP, Lib Dems and Greens to risk a Tory government by voting it down if there is a hung parliament after the election, Emily Thornberry has declared.
The Shadow Foreign Secretary said there would be “no deals” with the smaller parties if no one wins a majority on 8 June.
Her comments, at a campaign event in Basildon, Essex, go much further than Jeremy Corbyn, who has repeatedly refused to categorically rule out an agreement which would see a minority Labour administration propped up by other parties.
Shock analysis by YouGov earlier this week predicted that Britain could be heading for a hung parliament after a surge in Labour support.
Asked if Labour would be prepared to ask Sinn Fein to overturn its self-imposed ban on taking its seats in the Commons in order to secure power, Mr Corbyn would only say: "We’re fighting every constituency to win this election, to form a Labour government. We’re not doing deals, we’re not doing coalitions, we’re not doing any agreements. We are fighting to win this election.”
But Ms Thornberry said: “If we end up with a position where we’re in a minority we will go ahead and we will put forward a Queen’s Speech and a Budget and if people want to vote for it, then good; if they don’t want to vote for it they’re going to have to go back and speak to their constituents and explain to them why it is that we have a Tory government instead.
“But we will be, if we are the largest party, we go ahead – no deals – with our manifesto and with our Budget and with our Queen’s Speech.”
She then turned to Mr Corbyn and said: “That’s the conversations we’ve had, isn’t it? That’s it. No deals.”
The Conservatives have made the prospect of a so-called “coalition of chaos” a central part of their election campaign, claiming a Labour government would have to be propped up by SNP and Liberal Democrat MPs.