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    British Labour Party leader Ed Miliband will not form a coalition government with the Scottish National Party (SNP) in case the party does not not gain a majority in the general election next week, he said in Thursday's live Q&A session.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The SNP initiated a failed independence referendum last September and is projected to win all of Scotland's parliamentary seats in the upcoming election on May 7.

    The two leading rivals — Labour and Conservative parties — are currently hovering at 33-to-34 percent of the votes in public polls, leading to projections of another hung government in the country's House of Commons.

    "If a price of a Labour government is a coalition or a deal with the Scottish National novernment, it's not gonna happen," Miliband said.

    Whatever the outcome of the May 7 election, he said, "I'm not gonna start bartering away my manifesto."

    "We're not going to do a deal with the SNP. If it meant we weren't going to be in government then so be it. I'm not going to sacrifice the unity of the country," the Labour leader said in the final televised debate.

    Similar results in the 2010 election forced UK Prime Minister David Cameron's Conservatives formed a coalition with the Liberal Democrats.

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