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    Amid a rising nationalist feeling in Scotland, Conservative and Labour parties have increasingly found common cause in their opposition to Holyrood's ruling Scottish National Party, whose core policy is now the nation's withdrawal from the United Kingdom.

    The Scottish Tory leader, Douglas Ross, suggested on Friday that the Conservative Party may go into coalition with Labour to remove the Scottish National Party (SNO) from power at Holyrood, the Scotsman reports.

    Ross said he would potentially “work with anyone and everyone” to attempt the imposition of Conservative policies and prevent a rising wave of nationalist sentiment.

    Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon speaks during an event at the Ozone, Our Dynamic Earth, in Edinburgh, Friday Jan. 31, 2020, to outline Scottish independence plans on the day that the UK is set to leave the European Union
    © AP Photo / Jane Barlow
    Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon speaks during an event at the Ozone, Our Dynamic Earth, in Edinburgh, Friday Jan. 31, 2020, to outline Scottish independence plans on the day that the UK is set to leave the European Union

    In response to a question asking if his party would break a deal with the Labour Party following the 2021 Scottish election, the Conservative boss said he wants to "ensure that as many of the policies I am developing with my team right now can be enacted".

    “I want to work with anyone and everyone to deliver the policies that will improve our education, will ensure our justice system is far fairer on the victims rather than the criminals, on ensuring it produces the jobs that people in Scotland need right now and will definitely need as we continue to face the consequences of this global pandemic".
    “I will work with anyone and everyone on that issue", he added.

    Ross described Nicola Sturgeon and the ruling SNP, who “want to separate Scotland from the rest of the United Kingdom” as “absolutely” the greater threat.

    “They want to tear us apart from our friends, our family and our colleagues in England, Wales and Northern Ireland", he declared.
    “This is a union that has delivered so much in the last 300 years, the most powerful economic and political union the world has seen. This is a union that delivers in times of crisis and in normal times as well".

    Saying that he is "passionate about" a union that "two million Scots voted to remain part of just six years ago," he added that "this is a union that can continue to deliver for Scotland and Scotland can continue to benefit from being part of".

    He urged voters to take a new look at the Scottish Conservatives under his tenure, having taken the top job in August after the resignation of Jackson Carlaw.

    Scottish Conservatives have made marked shifts on some key national issues, including backing free university tuition for students.

    Ross's comments came in an interview as the Scottish Conservative conference kicks-off, speaking during the the virtual event about his assertion that nationalism was a greater threat to the United Kingdom than socialism.

    While Conservatives and Labour have historically been political rivals in Westminster and Holyrood, the rise of the SNP and an increasing support for Scotland's withdrawal from the UK are seen by the two major parties as an opportunity to unify over a rare point of agreement to remain within the union.

    ​Labour was the largest party in Scotland until the 2015 general election, where discontented left-wing voters increasingly joined the SNP - a move largely credited as a response to the party's de facto alliance with Conservatives in the Scottish independence referendum earlier the same year.

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    Scottish Nationalist Party (SNP), Labour Party, Scottish Conservative Party, Scotland
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