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Jim Murphy and Nicola Sturgeon [Image: BBC].

Jim Murphy and Nicola Sturgeon [Image: BBC].

Labour backbenchers have little enthusiasm for an alliance – on any level – with the Scottish National Party after the general election, according to The Guardian.

Admittedly, the paper’s information comes from a Democratic Unionist (Irish) MP, but it supports a clear direction of travel that we are seeing in the run-up to May 7; that the SNP has burnt its bridges with the Westminster parties.

The DUP is traditionally seen as closer to the Conservatives politically, meaning SNP supporters are likely to try to spin this into a claim that the possibility of an alliance with that party shows Labour are moving further to the right-wing of politics. Announcements like yesterday’s, that Labour would increase paternity leave (and paternity pay) substantially, show up the falseness of such a claim.

“It stands to reason that Labour should not rely on SNP votes and the enormously high price the nationalists would extract off Ed Miliband,” the DUP’s Nigel Dodds told the newspaper.

“I know that many people in the Labour party are deeply concerned about that prospect because it could be the death knell of the Labour party in Scotland. Because if they go down this route they will basically be saying to Labour supporters in Scotland that it’s OK to vote for the SNP in the future.

““I think everybody that supports the union should be very, very concerned about the prospect of a large swath of nationalist MPs holding the balance of power and being able to dictate to the Labour party for instance.

“That would lead to the break-up of the United Kingdom.”

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