James Forsyth

The Lib Dems’ campaign rhetoric will make it that much harder for them to do a deal in the event of a hung parliament

The Lib Dems' campaign rhetoric will make it that much harder for them to do a deal in the event of a hung parliament
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Living in a three-way marginal, I get a bunch of election literature. The latest Lib Dem flyer caught my eye because it is the mirror image of the Tories vote yellow get Brown message:

‘In areas like this, the only way to get real change is to vote Liberal Democrat. Voting Conservative could just help Labour win again’

Leaving aside the fact that the London mayoral elections saw the Tories gain the most votes in the seat, the striking thing about this message is how it difficult it would make it for this Lib Dem, if he wins, to prop up Brown in a hung parliament. Nick Clegg and the Liberal Democrats will find themselves in a real pickle if no party wins a majority. As Peter Oborne writes today, the party wouldn’t stomach a deal or even an understanding with the Tories. But propping up Labour could be fatal for the Lib Dems in seats like mine.

 

PS Interestingly, I have yet to receive anything from Labour despite them holding the seat. 

Written byJames Forsyth

James Forsyth is Political Editor of the Spectator. He is also a columnist in The Sun.

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