Nicola Sturgeon warned on Saturday that the Labour Party must quickly provide a "credible" threat to the Tories ahead of the next election or independence would be the only alternative for many people in Scotland.
Posting on Twitter following Jeremy Corbyn’s election as Ed Miliband's successor, Sturgeon said:
If Lab can't quickly show that they have credible chance of winning UK election, many will conclude that Indy only alternative to Tory gov— Nicola Sturgeon (@NicolaSturgeon) September 12, 2015
The First Minister in the past has show solidarity with the socialist MP, who, like the SNP, opposes the continued austerity cuts imposed by David Cameron’s government.
HuffPost’s Paul Waugh questioned Sturgeon on her waning support. She responded by expressing interest in working with the new leader on “austerity” and the removal of nuclear weapons from Scotland, however said she didn’t know whether he could unite his party to challenge the Tories at the 2020 election.
@paulwaugh on contrary, look forward to working with him on austerity, Trident etc. Qn is can he unite Lab to beat Tories in UK? We'll see.— Nicola Sturgeon (@NicolaSturgeon) September 12, 2015
Sturgeon confirmed that to have a “credible chance” Corbyn must fuse his disjointed party, rather than win voters back from the Tories.
@paulwaugh yes— Nicola Sturgeon (@NicolaSturgeon) September 12, 2015
Corbyn won a landslide victory with almost 60% of the vote on Saturday morning, trouncing his more centrist rivals, Andy Burnham, Yvette Cooper and Liz Kendall.