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Rupert Murdoch's Sun endorses 2 rival parties in UK vote

Rupert Murdoch's Sun makes rival UK election endorsements: SNP in Scotland, Tories elsewhere

Rupert Murdoch's Sun endorses 2 rival parties in UK vote

LONDON (AP) -- Rupert Murdoch's tabloid Sun has spoken, urging voters to back David Cameron's Conservative Party in Britain's election -- unless they're in Scotland. There, it says, they should vote for the Scottish National Party.

The differing endorsements raised a few eyebrows Thursday, since the London-based Sun dubbed the pro-Scottish independence nationalists "saboteurs" determined to wreck Britain.

But the Scottish edition -- which has a separate editor -- said the SNP would "fight harder for Scotland's interests" and praised leader Nicola Sturgeon as "a phenomenon." Its front page depicted her as Princess Leia from "Star Wars."

The SNP is predicted to win most of Scotland's seats on May 7.

Murdoch's newspapers were long a powerful force in British politics, but their influence may be waning in the Internet age.


Updated : 2021-09-22 16:01 GMT+08:00