James Forsyth

The Tories need to put the ball in Nick Clegg’s court

The Tories need to put the ball in Nick Clegg's court
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The Tories have come up short and even a deal with the DUP and Sinn Fein continuing not to take their seats would not give them a majority. So, we are now into proper hung parliament territory.

So far, we haven’t heard from Cameron since his speech after being re-elected as MP for Witney. But at some point soon, he’ll have to come out and speak. I hear there are multiple meetings planned for this morning as Cameron’s inner team tries to work out what to do and how to bind the rest of the party into whatever strategy they adopt.

In any statement he makes, Cameron needs to stress that Nick Clegg needs to tell Gordon Brown that his time is up. Clegg’s speech after his result was declared was clearly about trying to win him some time. So, Cameron needs to turn the focus onto Clegg, put the pressure on him. Once Clegg has said that he won’t prop up Brown then the Prime Minister has to go.

Written byJames Forsyth

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

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