The SNP leader’s words have emerged as Mr Corbyn prepares to step down as leader. The Labour veteran led the party to its greatest defeat in the post-war period in December 2019, his second general election defeat in three years. He came under fire for his fudge on Brexit, his failure to tackle anti-Semitism in his party and his failure to connect with working-class voters up and down the country.
However, it was his U-turn on the UK’s nuclear weapons system Trident that caused Ms Sturgeon to make her brutal comments.
Both politicians have been supportive of unilateral disarmament most of their political lives and Ms Sturgeon felt like Mr Corbyn caved on this key issue during his time as leader.
In an article for The Guardian in November 2019, she wrote: “Like many other Scots, I’ve always been appalled that Britain’s nuclear arsenal has been kept in my backyard.
“Corbyn, a longtime supporter of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, is now fully signed up to renewing Trident.
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Nicola Sturgeon savaged Mr Corbyn last year (Image: GETTY)
Nicola Sturgeon speaking at a rally against nuclear weapons (Image: GETTY)
“While I have my differences with Jeremy, on this issue – in my heart of hearts – I believe he feels the same as I do.
“Yet, in attempting to be Prime Minister, he feels the need to sell out his principled opposition to Trident and promise to keep them on the Clyde.”
She added that she deplored nuclear weapons and would “never push the button”.
When asked if it was a red line for her in potential talks regarding SNP support for a minor Labour government, she indicated that it would be a priority.
Jeremy Corbyn speaking at an anti-nuclear weapons rally (Image: GETTY)
She said: “I’ve been campaigning against Trident for the whole of my life so, yes, that is absolutely a key position that the SNP would have in any discussions about