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SCOTS VOTES ON ENGLISH LAWS; Salmond says Nats MPs could back Labour in hung parliament.

Byline: DAVID CLEGG d.clegg@dailyrecord.co.uk

ALEX Salmond will ditch the SNP principle of not voting ONENGLISH legislation in a bid to boost their influence on a hung parliament.

The former first minister suggested he would set aside the convention in order to support a minority Labour government at Westminster after the general election in May.

He said such an arrangement would be on a "vote-by-vote" basis.

The rise of the SNP in Scotland and UKIP in England means the vote looks set to be the closest for years.

Salmond said he would "lay odds" on a hung parliament, which occurs when no party secure an absolute majority of seats. He added: "There will be many things that come across the Westminster desk that would be of little moment to Scottish people, but will be of great moment to the government of the day.

"That's an opportunity to have delivered to Scotland what we have been promised."

Salmond quit as first minister after losing the independence referendum and now hopes to return to Westminster as the MP for Gordon. minster as the MP for Gordon. He said a "barrel-load" of SNP candidates will win seats and their key objective will be to ensure UK political leaders keep The Vow to transfer powers to Scotland.

But a Labour spokesman said: "The choice is clear - send Labour MPs to get David Cameron out of Downing Street or send SNP MPs who make five more years of the Tories more likely."

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