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Here we go again

Len Tingle | 08:39 UK time, Monday, 10 May 2010

Nick Clegg and David Cameron c/o Getty Images and Matt Cardy

Where's the best place in Yorkshire to discuss the prospects of a Clegg/Cameron deal to form the next government?

It has to be Huddersfield.

On Sunday we parked the Politics Show outside broadcast truck alongside the statue of Harold Wilson in the plaza outside Huddersfield railway station.

Why were we there?

For the umpteenth time that most famous political son of this West Yorkshire mill town has already been down the path that today's politicians are now taking.

The General Election of February 1974 resulted in the last hung parliament with the Conservatives as the biggest party.

Harold Wilson statue

It was even closer than this time with the sitting Prime Minister Edward Heath just four ahead of Harold Wilson's Labour party.

The Tories and the Liberal Party talked for a couple of days but could not come up with an agreement.

Wilson returned to Number Ten and ran a minority administration.

It lasted just 8 months and we were back at the polls in October 1974 to see Labour win a small majority.

Any sense of déjà vu here?

Oh, and one other parallel from Huddersfield.

The town happens happens to be the headquarters of Kirklees Council which has been hung for years.

At the moment it is run by a minority Labour administration with support from the Liberal Democrats.

But a couple of years ago the Liberal Democrats were supporting a minority Conservative administration.

It led to a lively conversation with current Labour leader in Kirklees Mehbob Kahn and veteran Liberal Democrat Kath Pinnock.

Who says our political parties have no experience of power sharing?

And was it just my imagination or did Harold have a wry smile on his lips?


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