Jeremy Corbyn says he would form "supply arrangement" with SNP in event of Labour minority government in 2020

Labour leadership hopeful says he would not repeat approach of former leader Ed Miliband in spurning SNP

THE Labour leadership front runner Jeremy Corbyn has said he would be willing to enter into "a supply arrangement" with minority parties, including the SNP, in the event of a Labour minority government after 2020.

During May's General Election campaign, Labour came under intense pressure from the Conservatives over a possible deal with the SNP that would allow Ed Miliband to become Prime Minister, with polls showing Britain heading for a hung parliament.

As it turned out, the Tories won a slim majority, but the SNP had been open to a 'confidence and supply' arrangement with Labour.

Miliband was vociferous in his opposition to any deal with the nationalists, even going as far as to say that "I'm not going to have Labour government if it means deals or coalitions with the SNP."

Corbyn's stance, outlined in an interview with Aaron Bastani for Novara Media, sets himself apart from other UK Labour leader contenders on the issue.

As the opening question in the interview, Bastani asked: "Shortly before the last election Ed Miliband said he'd rather see a Conservative majority government than a Labour/SNP coalition. Were you to be Labour leader in 2020, a week before that election, would you be saying the same thing?"

Corbyn answered: "No I wouldn't. I would be saying that I want there to be a majority Labour government. If there isn't a Labour majority but a minority and we've got to work with other parties - probably on the basis of a day-to-day arrangement or an arrangement through...what's it called...a supply arrangement then do that. Now obviously you have to work with other parties to get things through, and I would be prepared to do that."

The left-wing Corbyn has become the shock front-runner in the UK Labour leadership contest, both in terms of polling and constituency party support. Corbyn's campaign has achieved huge momentum, with thousands attending public rallies to hear his leftist, anti-austerity platform.

SNP MP Angus MacNeil has said that among the UK Labour leadership hopefuls only Corbyn has "the courage and the vision" to rescue Labour in Scotland.

The new UK Labour leader will be announced on 12 September 2015.

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Christopher Reay

Thu, 08/06/2015 - 14:44

The issue Corbyn should be campaigning on is Proportional Representation. His open support of the SNP is welcome, but he needs to tackle head on the link being maufactured between the SNP and the Nazi party. Proportional Represntation is the way to do this.

Mark Brogan (not verified)

Wed, 08/05/2015 - 22:10

At last a Labour politician with the sense to see what is blinding obvious . Parties should co-operate where there is consensus. Grown up politics is about agreeing to differ on certain points but working together when agreement exists

John Moss (not verified)

Thu, 08/06/2015 - 13:28

Irrelevant, we'll be independent by then :)

Derek Louden

Wed, 08/05/2015 - 22:10

At last a Labour politician with the sense to see what is blinding obvious . Parties should co-operate where there is consensus. Grown up politics is about agreeing to differ on certain points but working together when agreement exists

Derek Louden

Thu, 08/06/2015 - 13:28

Irrelevant, we'll be independent by then :)

Derek Louden

Thu, 08/06/2015 - 14:44

The issue Corbyn should be campaigning on is Proportional Representation. His open support of the SNP is welcome, but he needs to tackle head on the link being maufactured between the SNP and the Nazi party. Proportional Represntation is the way to do this.

pictishbeastie

Wed, 08/05/2015 - 22:10

At last a Labour politician with the sense to see what is blinding obvious . Parties should co-operate where there is consensus. Grown up politics is about agreeing to differ on certain points but working together when agreement exists

pictishbeastie

Thu, 08/06/2015 - 13:28

Irrelevant, we'll be independent by then :)

pictishbeastie

Thu, 08/06/2015 - 14:44

The issue Corbyn should be campaigning on is Proportional Representation. His open support of the SNP is welcome, but he needs to tackle head on the link being maufactured between the SNP and the Nazi party. Proportional Represntation is the way to do this.

Robin Barclay

Wed, 08/05/2015 - 22:10

At last a Labour politician with the sense to see what is blinding obvious . Parties should co-operate where there is consensus. Grown up politics is about agreeing to differ on certain points but working together when agreement exists

Robin Barclay

Thu, 08/06/2015 - 13:28

Irrelevant, we'll be independent by then :)

Robin Barclay

Thu, 08/06/2015 - 14:44

The issue Corbyn should be campaigning on is Proportional Representation. His open support of the SNP is welcome, but he needs to tackle head on the link being maufactured between the SNP and the Nazi party. Proportional Represntation is the way to do this.

markryle

Wed, 08/05/2015 - 22:10

At last a Labour politician with the sense to see what is blinding obvious . Parties should co-operate where there is consensus. Grown up politics is about agreeing to differ on certain points but working together when agreement exists

markryle

Thu, 08/06/2015 - 13:28

Irrelevant, we'll be independent by then :)

markryle

Thu, 08/06/2015 - 14:44

The issue Corbyn should be campaigning on is Proportional Representation. His open support of the SNP is welcome, but he needs to tackle head on the link being maufactured between the SNP and the Nazi party. Proportional Represntation is the way to do this.

Karen Dietz

Wed, 08/05/2015 - 22:10

At last a Labour politician with the sense to see what is blinding obvious . Parties should co-operate where there is consensus. Grown up politics is about agreeing to differ on certain points but working together when agreement exists

Karen Dietz

Thu, 08/06/2015 - 13:28

Irrelevant, we'll be independent by then :)

Karen Dietz

Thu, 08/06/2015 - 14:44

The issue Corbyn should be campaigning on is Proportional Representation. His open support of the SNP is welcome, but he needs to tackle head on the link being maufactured between the SNP and the Nazi party. Proportional Represntation is the way to do this.

Roisin Murphy

Wed, 08/05/2015 - 22:10

At last a Labour politician with the sense to see what is blinding obvious . Parties should co-operate where there is consensus. Grown up politics is about agreeing to differ on certain points but working together when agreement exists

Roisin Murphy

Thu, 08/06/2015 - 13:28

Irrelevant, we'll be independent by then :)

Roisin Murphy

Thu, 08/06/2015 - 14:44

The issue Corbyn should be campaigning on is Proportional Representation. His open support of the SNP is welcome, but he needs to tackle head on the link being maufactured between the SNP and the Nazi party. Proportional Represntation is the way to do this.

William Steele

Wed, 08/05/2015 - 22:10

At last a Labour politician with the sense to see what is blinding obvious . Parties should co-operate where there is consensus. Grown up politics is about agreeing to differ on certain points but working together when agreement exists

William Steele

Thu, 08/06/2015 - 13:28

Irrelevant, we'll be independent by then :)

William Steele

Thu, 08/06/2015 - 14:44

The issue Corbyn should be campaigning on is Proportional Representation. His open support of the SNP is welcome, but he needs to tackle head on the link being maufactured between the SNP and the Nazi party. Proportional Represntation is the way to do this.

Steve West

Wed, 08/05/2015 - 22:10

At last a Labour politician with the sense to see what is blinding obvious . Parties should co-operate where there is consensus. Grown up politics is about agreeing to differ on certain points but working together when agreement exists

Steve West

Thu, 08/06/2015 - 13:28

Irrelevant, we'll be independent by then :)

Steve West

Thu, 08/06/2015 - 14:44

The issue Corbyn should be campaigning on is Proportional Representation. His open support of the SNP is welcome, but he needs to tackle head on the link being maufactured between the SNP and the Nazi party. Proportional Represntation is the way to do this.

DAVID SMART

Wed, 08/05/2015 - 22:10

At last a Labour politician with the sense to see what is blinding obvious . Parties should co-operate where there is consensus. Grown up politics is about agreeing to differ on certain points but working together when agreement exists

DAVID SMART

Thu, 08/06/2015 - 13:28

Irrelevant, we'll be independent by then :)

DAVID SMART

Thu, 08/06/2015 - 14:44

The issue Corbyn should be campaigning on is Proportional Representation. His open support of the SNP is welcome, but he needs to tackle head on the link being maufactured between the SNP and the Nazi party. Proportional Represntation is the way to do this.

steve andrews

Wed, 08/05/2015 - 22:10

At last a Labour politician with the sense to see what is blinding obvious . Parties should co-operate where there is consensus. Grown up politics is about agreeing to differ on certain points but working together when agreement exists

steve andrews

Thu, 08/06/2015 - 13:28

Irrelevant, we'll be independent by then :)

steve andrews

Thu, 08/06/2015 - 14:44

The issue Corbyn should be campaigning on is Proportional Representation. His open support of the SNP is welcome, but he needs to tackle head on the link being maufactured between the SNP and the Nazi party. Proportional Represntation is the way to do this.

Bill Fraser

Wed, 08/05/2015 - 22:10

At last a Labour politician with the sense to see what is blinding obvious . Parties should co-operate where there is consensus. Grown up politics is about agreeing to differ on certain points but working together when agreement exists

Bill Fraser

Thu, 08/06/2015 - 13:28

Irrelevant, we'll be independent by then :)

Bill Fraser

Thu, 08/06/2015 - 14:44

The issue Corbyn should be campaigning on is Proportional Representation. His open support of the SNP is welcome, but he needs to tackle head on the link being maufactured between the SNP and the Nazi party. Proportional Represntation is the way to do this.

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Andrew Stuart

Wed, 08/05/2015 - 22:10

At last a Labour politician with the sense to see what is blinding obvious . Parties should co-operate where there is consensus. Grown up politics is about agreeing to differ on certain points but working together when agreement exists

Andrew Stuart's picture

Andrew Stuart

Thu, 08/06/2015 - 13:28

Irrelevant, we'll be independent by then :)

Andrew Stuart's picture

Andrew Stuart

Thu, 08/06/2015 - 14:44

The issue Corbyn should be campaigning on is Proportional Representation. His open support of the SNP is welcome, but he needs to tackle head on the link being maufactured between the SNP and the Nazi party. Proportional Represntation is the way to do this.

Paul Smith

Wed, 08/05/2015 - 22:10

At last a Labour politician with the sense to see what is blinding obvious . Parties should co-operate where there is consensus. Grown up politics is about agreeing to differ on certain points but working together when agreement exists

Paul Smith

Thu, 08/06/2015 - 13:28

Irrelevant, we'll be independent by then :)

Paul Smith

Thu, 08/06/2015 - 14:44

The issue Corbyn should be campaigning on is Proportional Representation. His open support of the SNP is welcome, but he needs to tackle head on the link being maufactured between the SNP and the Nazi party. Proportional Represntation is the way to do this.

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