Election update- Hung Parliament

Posted: May 10, 2010 by orlandoayli in general

Britain’s voters have returned to a hung parliament for the first time in a generation and the political parties are now locked into negotiations to try to form a government. With Conservatives leading with 307 seats and Labour in second place with 258 seats. It all hangs on the liberal democrats with their 57 seats. Whoever the Lib Dems choose to back will be the leading party. All three leaders have said Britain needs a “strong and stable government” but there is no agreement as yet as to how it will be formed. While David Cameron and Nick Clegg make friendly gestures towards one another, Gordon Brown remains Prime Minister, so sitting in number 10, waiting to hear what will happen next. So the Tory leader, whose party won most seats but was short of a majority, said he wanted to make a “big open and comprehensive offer” to the Lib Dems. Labour leader Gordon Brown has already stressed his party’s “common ground” with the third biggest party. Mr Cameron spoke to his Lib Dem counterpart Nick Clegg by phone on Friday afternoon in what has been described as a “very constructive” conversation. However, there was little discussion of details. The Lib Dem leader has met senior Lib Dem MPs and is now meeting his wider parliamentary party to sound them out about the options, after the UK election resulted in a hung parliament. Mr Clegg will meet his party’s governing body, the federal executive, later to discuss Mr Cameron’s proposals. He will need the support of a majority of MPs and the executive to enter into any deal. Mr Clegg has stressed his priorities, including “fundamental political reform”, but said he would act in a “constructive spirit” in the “coming hours and days” Electoral reform is likely to be a key battleground – the Lib Dems have a long campaigned for the first – past – the – post system to be replaced with a form of proportional representation. The Conservatives oppose changing the voting system. Mr Clegg said the election result meant politicians had to talk to each other as “people deserve good, stable government”. He said the Lib Dems would enter into talks with other parties in a “constructive spirit” over the “coming hours and days”, and the party would press its case for its four priorities – tax reform to make the system fairer, a ” new approach” to education to give a “fair start” to all children and to the economy and “fundamental political reform to our political system”. The approach by the Conservatives has echoes of 1974, when Tory PM Ted Heath spent a weekend trying to agree a coalition with Jeremy Thorope’s Liberal Party. The deal collapsed on the Monday and Mr Heath was forced to resign – leaving Harold Wilson to form a minority Labour government.

Labour frontbencher Peter Hain said it was “clear” that Mr Clegg and Mr Brown had “a lot in common” on the need for electoral reform – Labour has offered a referendum on changing the voting system. And his colleague Ben Bradshaw said it was “not credible” that the Lib Dems would do a deal with the Conservatives without the promise of electoral reform – Labour has offered a referendum on changing the voting system. And his colleague Ben Bradshaw said it was “not credible” that the Lib Dems would do a deal the Conservatives without the promise of electoral reform. He said Gordon Brown could remain prime minister in a “progressive2 coalition deal with the Liberal Democrats, if their talks with the Tories failed. And Scotland’s First Minister, SNP leader Alex Salmond, called on the Lib Dems to join a “progressive alliance” involving Labour, the SNP and plaid Cymru – although a Labour source dismissed that as “a desperate attempt by Alex Salmond to make himself look relevant after a terrible general election result”. The Lib Dems have denied suggestions from a senior Lib Dem source of an angry phone conversation between Mr Brown and Mr Clegg. A Lib Dem spokeswomen said it was “perfectly amicable”. Downing Street said that it lasted 40 minutes and concentrated on “process”.

Voting system

 Mr Brown has publicly invited the Lib Dems to talk to Labour, if talks with the Conservatives fail. We understands some Labour members are already talking to their Lib Dem counterparts to try to persuade them that a deal with the Tories would be a disaster. Mr Cameron will also face a battle from some Conservatives if he allows senior Lib Dems to serve in a Conservatives – led cabinet or bows to demands for change the voting system. He has offered an “all party committee of inquiry on political and electoral reform” but has not offered a referendum on changing the voting system.

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Comments
  1. evelinasec says:

    My goodness Ryan, you have gone to a lot of trouble and included a great deal of detail. Well done!
    How much of this is in your own words?
    Try to let us hear your ownvoice in your next entry on the latest developments. 😉

  2. ROH says:

    thanks! it is my own words I did use information from BBC/ sky I am glad you liked it 🙂

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