Sky News’ Trevor Phillips made fun of the suggestion from Labour’s Shadow Foreign Secretary David Lammy that the Labour Party could win the next Scotland election due to be held in May 2026. Shadow Secretary Lammy argued that Labour has consolidated its position in Scotland under the current Scottish Labour leader Anas Sarwar and could ultimately make a decisive win in the next parliament election. However, for now, the most likely scenario remains a Labour-hung parliament.
That scenario prompted Sky News’ Trevor Phillips to ask: “Are you ready for a minority Labour government in alliance with the SNP (in Scotland)?
Mr Lammy said: “Well, actually, we’ve seen an increase in our position in Scotland under Anas Sarwar. Really pleased to see he’s winning again in Glasgow in the elections just a few weeks ago. So, I don’t recognise that.
“Look, in the end, Trevor, we’ll probably…”
Mr Trevor cut him off, saying: “You’re never going to go back to where Labour was in Scotland, come on. You were the dominant force. That isn’t going to happen.”
Mr Lammy hit back: “Trevor, that’s a very categorical statement. And I’ve got to say, this is a matter for the electorate. What we’re seeing right across…
“Now, the electorate have been saying for the last 15 years,” Mr Trevor interrupted. “They’ve been saying for the last 15 years that the SP will be in government, the SNP will get 40-50 seats in the House of Commons.
“I mean, it’s pretty clear where they are.”
Mr Lammy said: “Trevor, I’m not going to prejudge the outcome of an election that’s likely in two years’ time. Let’s see what we get to on that result in Wakefield and indeed in Tiverton. We would be forming the next government with a comfortable majority. That’s what that result tells us.”
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