JEREMY Corbyn says he will not offer a second Scottish independence referendum to try to win support from the SNP if Labour fail to win an overall majority in a general election.

In a round of ITV regional news interviews, he said if there was a hung parliament and they were unable to achieve an overall majority, Labour would seek to govern as a minority government - ruling out any deal with the SNP.

"We would go into government with whatever election result was. I am not doing deals. I am not doing coalitions," he said.

ComRes polling suggests if the Conservatives fall short of a majority Labour could form an alliance with the Lib Dems and SNP to form a government.

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However, he refused to rule out a further public vote later in the parliament if there was a demand for one in Scotland.

"It is not our priority. It is not what I want, it is not what I support," he said.

"But if after some years in government there is a demand, then in terms of the devolution settlement we will look at it at that time."

Speaking on STV, he added: "Obviously in the longer run, if a request is made ... I am not going to be the one who stands in the way of that."

Mr Corbyn said that he would press for a general election once it was clear that Boris Johnson could not force through a no-deal Brexit against the wishes of parliament.

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"When the prime minister abides by the law which parliament has passed which requires him if he cannot get a deal to apply for an extension, I think that is the time," he said.

His comments came after shadow chancellor John McDonnell sparked a row over the summer when he suggested a Labour government would not stand in the way of a referendum if there was support for one in the Scottish Parliament.

However, the leader of Scottish Labour, Richard Leonard, said at the time that the referendum in 2014 had been a "once-in-a-generation vote" and that the Scottish people did not want to go through a second independence poll.