Magazine article Public Finance

SNP Set to Go Ahead with Minority Government

Magazine article Public Finance

SNP Set to Go Ahead with Minority Government

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Scotland appeared to be heading towards its first Scottish National Party-led minority devolved government following the failure of the SNP and the Liberal Democrats this week to agree to enter into talks on forming a coalition partnership.

The Holyrood vote gave the SNP a wafer-thin maj ority of one seat over Labour. But attempts by the nationalists to enter into crucial talks with the LibDems faltered on the issue of a referendum on independence.

The impasse came after the election resulted in no party having overall control. The SNP has 47 seats, Labour 46, the Conservatives 17, the LibDems 16 and the Greens 2. There is one Independent.

SNP leader Alex Salmond needed the support of the LibDems and the Greens to win a slim majority.

However, the LibDems insisted that the nationalists' referendum pledge was a 'fundamental barrier' to a coalition. …

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