Calendar An icon of a desk calendar. Cancel An icon of a circle with a diagonal line across. Caret An icon of a block arrow pointing to the right. Email An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of the Facebook "f" mark. Google An icon of the Google "G" mark. Linked In An icon of the Linked In "in" mark. Logout An icon representing logout. Profile An icon that resembles human head and shoulders. Telephone An icon of a traditional telephone receiver. Tick An icon of a tick mark. Is Public An icon of a human eye and eyelashes. Is Not Public An icon of a human eye and eyelashes with a diagonal line through it. Pause Icon A two-lined pause icon for stopping interactions. Quote Mark A opening quote mark. Quote Mark A closing quote mark. Arrow An icon of an arrow. Folder An icon of a paper folder. Breaking An icon of an exclamation mark on a circular background. Camera An icon of a digital camera. Caret An icon of a caret arrow. Clock An icon of a clock face. Close An icon of the an X shape. Close Icon An icon used to represent where to interact to collapse or dismiss a component Comment An icon of a speech bubble. Comments An icon of a speech bubble, denoting user comments. Ellipsis An icon of 3 horizontal dots. Envelope An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of a facebook f logo. Camera An icon of a digital camera. Home An icon of a house. Instagram An icon of the Instagram logo. LinkedIn An icon of the LinkedIn logo. Magnifying Glass An icon of a magnifying glass. Search Icon A magnifying glass icon that is used to represent the function of searching. Menu An icon of 3 horizontal lines. Hamburger Menu Icon An icon used to represent a collapsed menu. Next An icon of an arrow pointing to the right. Notice An explanation mark centred inside a circle. Previous An icon of an arrow pointing to the left. Rating An icon of a star. Tag An icon of a tag. Twitter An icon of the Twitter logo. Video Camera An icon of a video camera shape. Speech Bubble Icon A icon displaying a speech bubble WhatsApp An icon of the WhatsApp logo. Information An icon of an information logo. Plus A mathematical 'plus' symbol. Duration An icon indicating Time. Success Tick An icon of a green tick. Success Tick Timeout An icon of a greyed out success tick. Loading Spinner An icon of a loading spinner.

Ed Davey: Lib Dems leave door open to cross-party union coalition to stop SNP

Sir Ed Davey.
Sir Ed Davey.

Liberal Democrat leader Ed Davey has left the door open to working with other parties at May’s Holyrood elections in order to stop an SNP majority.

Sir Ed blasted the nationalists for their “constitutional obsession” and said Nicola Sturgeon should have a “laser beam-like focus” on the Covid crisis – not a second referendum.

The former energy secretary also hit out at the first minister and Boris Johnson for failing to launch a UK-wide public inquiry into coronavirus, saying lessons could have been learned ahead of a likely second wave.

Sir Ed, talking to us ahead of the annual Lib Dem conference, said: “Sturgeon is as guilty as Johnson in not having been prepared to set up an inquiry, she should have been picking up the phone and saying ‘look, we’ve got to do this together’.

“They should be focused on the issue of people’s health, people’s lives, people’s livelihoods.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon.

“That’s what they should be focusing on, not constitutional obsessions.

“They should have had an inquiry, both working together, and they should be better prepared.”

Sir Ed, who is currently engaged in a country-wide “listening tour” after the Lib Dem drubbing at last year’s general election, told us he was “optimistic” about his party’s chances in May.

He declined to give a seat target, but said: “With the Conservatives suffering under the millstone of Boris Johnson, with the Labour Party in a state in Scotland, it is incumbent on Liberal Democrats to show that we can be an alternative to the SNP.”

Boris Johnson

Sir Ed added that in certain areas the Lib Dems are now “the only party that can take the SNP on”.

Asked about former Labour MP George Galloway’s call for the major parties to form an alliance to take the SNP on, Sir Ed didn’t rule the idea out.

He said: “We have our own platform to campaign on; let’s be clear, we’re an independent party and we have a very strong message.

“But, we have always been a party that’s been willing to work cross party in Westminster and Holyrood. We believe in working with other people.”

Already a subscriber? Sign in

[[title]]

[[text]]