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David Cameron eyes ‘no coalition’ manifesto pledge

Prime Minister David Cameron could fight the next general election on a promise not to form a second coalition government if the Conservatives fall short of a Commons majority, the Telegraph reports.

Cameron is said to be keen to make a commitment in the Tory manifesto not to form a second power-sharing arrangement with a smaller party in the event of a hung parliament in May 2015.

Instead, a Conservative party that won the most seats but failed to win a Commons majority would attempt to rule as a minority government.

A source close to Cameron told the paper: “He’s very clear, he doesn’t want another coalition.

“A promise in the manifesto not to do any deals after the election would make that very clear to voters and ensure exactly what the choice is at the next election.”

The Telegraph cites Whitehall sources saying the coalition is becoming “dysfunctional” as political differences between the two parties grow.

Liberal Democrat ministers hold a number of senior posts within the coalition Government. LibDem MP Steve Webb has overseen a radical pension reform programme, while Norman Lamb has been in charge of implementing changes to the long-term care system.

Danny Alexander, another LibDem MP, holds the post of Treasury chief secretary.

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  1. To which no more attention should be paid than the Conservatives’ pledges in their last pre-election manifesto to raise the IHT nil rate band threshold to £1m or to sort out 25 years of prejudicial government meddling with the pensions framework thereby “reigniting the UK’s savings culture”..

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