Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon
SCOTLAND’S First Minister Nicola Sturgeon alleged “dirty tricks” Saturday over leaked claims that she privately wants Prime Minister David Cameron to win Britain’s upcoming general election.
A leaked memo in The Daily Telegraph newspaper claimed Sturgeon told France’s ambassador to Britain that she wanted Cameron to remain prime minister after the May 7 vote.The leader of the Scottish National Party (SNP) denied saying privately that she wanted him to remain in power despite publicly attacking almost everything his Conservative party, which is deeply unpopular in Scotland, stands for.
Britain’s top civil servant Jeremy Heywood opened an inquiry into the source of the leak after Sturgeon demanded answers over “such a false account being leaked for transparently political motives”.
The allegations are particularly sensitive because Sturgeon, whose party wants independence for Scotland, could play a key role in forming Britain’s next government.
With polls predicting no single party will win the election outright, the SNP says it could be prepared to prop up a Labour minority government led by Ed Miliband to keep the Conservatives out.