Labour all but ruled out forming a coalition with the SNP today, in a dramatic move which suggests Britain could be heading for a minority government.
Asked whether he would consider a coalition with Nicola Sturgeon’s party, shadow chancellor Ed Balls replied: “No”.
"I don’t think anybody is suggesting a deal with the SNP at all. We’re fighting hard for a majority," he told Sky News.
Asked whether he thinks a minority government would be more likely, he told LBC that the public would be unlikely to accept another coalition.
"Back in 2010… the idea of a coalition was popular and the idea of Nick Clegg and the Lib Dems was popular. Five years on, the idea of a coalition is very unpopular and the idea of Nick Clegg is even more unpopular," he added.
Current opinion polls suggest that neither the Conservatives nor Labour are likely to be able to form an outright majority, with some polls suggesting a coalition of at least three parties would be necessary.
Given the difficulties this would