Salmond says SNP will 'hold the power' in hung parliament

Alex Salmond outside Scotland House

Alex Salmond has piled pressure on Ed Miliband by pledging to force the hand of a minority Labour government by pushing for deals on a “vote-by-vote” basis in which the Scottish National party (SNP) would seek to water down Labour’s fiscal plans in its first budget.

Parties warned over repercussions of hung parliament after general election

Houses Of Parliament

Britain may pay a “potentially high price” if it does not do more to minimise the controversy, indecisiveness and uncertainty that a hung parliament after the next election is likely to create, according to academic research examining the rules contained in the government manual advising civil servants on how a caretaker government operates.