Despite branding him 'useless', Nicola Sturgeon backs Jeremy Corbyn to be PM

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The Labour leader disclosed they met days after she warned him “not to bother picking up the phone” unless he backed a new independence vote. Mr Corbyn yesterday signalled he wants to have a much closer relationship with Ms Sturgeon if he becomes Prime Minister – after his party  failed to rule out granting a second Scexit vote beyond 2021. Ms Sturgeon then praised UK Labour’s “more democratic” stance on the issue before going on to dismiss Mr Corbyn as “useless”.

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Meanwhile, the Tories stepped up warnings of a post election SNP-Labour pact after one of Mr Corbyn’s closest allies, shadow transport secretary Andy McDonald, said it would not “stand in the way” of a ballot if it won power. 

The First Minister met Mr Corbyn in Westminster last Wednesday after giving a joint press conference with Welsh First Minister Mark Drakeford, arguing against Boris Johnson’s Brexit deal.

The pair mainly discussed blocking Mr Johnson’s deal in the Commons but Ms Sturgeon’s spokesman said that the possibility of an election also emerged.

They did not “specifically” talk about the prospect of Mr

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