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Speculation grows over coalition allegiances

Speculation is mounting over which party the Liberal Democrats would favour in forming a coalition Government.

The Guardian reports that comments by LibDem leader Nick Clegg signal that he would talk to the Conservatives first if Labour came third by share of the vote, as he poured scorn on the idea that Gordon Brown should be allowed to remain in No 10 and form a Government first, as the constitutional convention dictates.

Speaking on the BBC yesterday Clegg said: “It seems clear to me that it is just preposterous, the idea that if a party comes third in terms of the number of votes, it still has somehow the right to carry on squatting in No 10 and continue to lay claim to having the Prime Minister of the country.”

But The Telegraph interprets Clegg’s comments as suggesting that he could keep a defeated Labour Party in power in return for becoming Prime Minister himself.

The newspaper reports that the LibDem leader was implying with his comments that Labour could have to sacrifice the keys to No 10 in exchange for his support in a hung Parliament.

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  1. Blimey!! Prime Minister Clegg!! Sounds like a character from a Bond Movie. (Get it!…Colonel Clegg from ‘Russia With Love’ ….please yourself!). Just as daft!!

  2. I’m gradually coming round to the idea that a LibDem/Conservative pact might actually not be at all a bad thing. For one thing, Vince Cable ensuring that George Osborne doesn’t have free rein sounds to me like it could work well.

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