Cameron leaves ‘nat’ option open

By Alex Stevenson

David Cameron has refused to rule out seeking nationalist support in a hung parliament.

The Conservative leader was asked whether he would seek help from Scottish National party (SNP) and Plaid Cymru MPs during a question-and-answer session at Coca-Cola’s factory in Outwood, Yorkshire.

If the Tories were the largest party but unable to command an overall majority Mr Cameron may seek a ‘confidence and supply’ guarantee from the nationalists.

But he made clear he was not willing to compromise with them in order to do so. The SNP is seeking a referendum on independence from the rest of Britain.

“If you cut me in half, I am a believer in the United Kingdom. It’s tattooed on me like a stick of rock,” Mr Cameron said.

“I would do everything to keep Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and England together. I would never put that at risk.”

During his initial remarks the Tory leader repeated his past warnings about the dangers of a hung parliament.

“If we wake up on May 7th to find a hung parliament, it would be a bad thing for Britain,” he added.

“For me a hung parliament is nothing but bickering and haggling.”

His visit to Yorkshire is the fourth time the Tory leader has visited the region, where roughly a quarter of its 80 seats are being watched closely by local experts.

Children, schools and families secretary Ed Balls is defending a 8,000 majority in the Morley and Outwood seat.