minority government may resign over budget defeat

Nationalist rule is on knife edge after vote

By Cameron Brooks

Published: 29/01/2009

The SNP was clinging to power today after its £33billion budget was rejected on a day of high drama at Holyrood.

Last night, First Minister Alex Salmond put his party on an “election footing” and said his minority Scottish Government would be forced to resign from office if it cannot win support for its spending plans at a second attempt.

Yesterday’s vote was tied 64-64, despite frantic 11th-hour horse-trading with the Greens to win their support after Labour and the Liberal Democrats said they could not back the budget.

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