Jeremy Corbyn rules out deal with SNP in hung parliament

Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie First Minister and leader of the Scottish National Party Nicola Sturgeon Scottish Labour Party leader Kezia Dugdale

SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon, Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale and Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie have all confirmed they will take part in the event while Scottish Conservatives are in discussions with STV about the invite for party leader Ruth Davidson.

She previously had said a new independence referendum would be held between autumn 2018 and spring 2019 after the terms of Brexit were clear but before a final deal was signed.

"The reality is that the SNP has voted against a 50p top rate of tax in the Scottish Parliament eight times".

Ms Sturgeon made the comments as she unveiled the SNP manifesto for the election to supporters at Perth Concert Hall.

On Monday, the Labour leader seemed to relax his stance, claiming he would be "open to discussions".

The first minister said that, should May be re-elected as prime minister on 8 June, it would be "democratically unsustainable" for her to continue to postpone another vote on independence with a "reinforced" SNP mandate. But with the a whole opting for Brexit, Sturgeon has been pushing for another independence vote after the negotiations with the European Union are completed.

Despite this support for renewable energy technologies, the SNP would continue to press the United Kingdom government on support for late life oil and gas assets, as proposed in the most recent Budget statement.

"You walk into Downing Street in a couple of weeks' time, what do you say to Nicola Sturgeon?"

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Meanwhile Mrs May warned Conservative activists that the party has only to lose six seats for its Commons majority to disappear, opening the way to Downing Street for Labour.

Speaking before the manifesto launch, Ms Sturgeon said: "Central to our manifesto are three core pledges which underpin why it is so important for people across Scotland to get out and vote for the SNP next Thursday".

"At the end of the Brexit process - not now, but when the terms of the deal are known - Scotland must have a choice about our future, " she said, "a choice between following the United Kingdom down the Brexit path or becoming an independent country".

Theresa May was seen as the "most capable Prime Minister" by 42 per cent of respondents, while 40 per cent said Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn. "Things can, and they will, change under a Labour government for the many not the few" - from a speech Mr Corbyn will deliver to a rally at the Old Fruitmarket in Glasgow.

Nicola Sturgeon is urging Scottish voters to back the SNP at the General Election, as it will reinforce her case for a second referendum on independence.

The Scottish Daily Express takes the direct approach with its readers and claims "Vote SNP for More Indyref Misery" in its coverage of the issue.

"There will be no deals".

If, as the polls suggest is likely, Labour fails to win power, Mr Corbyn's allies are likely to point to the example of Neil Kinnock, who stayed on to fight the 1992 general election despite losing to Margaret Thatcher in 1987.

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