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Should Labour rule out a deal with the SNP?

The nationalists could sway the decisions of a Labour-led government without having to negotiate with it, let alone sign a formal agreement

By Peter Kellner  

Has Salmond's party got Ed sewn up. © Danny Lawson/PA Wire/Press Association Images

It’s certainly shrewd for the Conservatives to show Ed Miliband in Alex Salmond’s pocket. At a stroke it sends two completely different message to two groups. The first is obvious: English voters who worry about the SNP’s influence. The second group could also help the Tories to remain the largest party after May 7: former Labour voters who now say they would vote SNP. If…

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