Labour views: Coalition with the Lib Dems?
- 1 October 2012
- From the section UK Politics
Labour is riding high in the polls but many pundits think another hung parliament is a possibility after the 2015 general election. Would Labour members support a coalition with the Liberal Democrats?
Terry Waiting, Barrow-in-Furness
"No, I wouldn't like a coalition with the Lib Dems. Their current leader can't be trusted to keep his word. Even if they replaced him with Vince Cable I wouldn't be in favour of it. I would prefer to see another election. I just certainly would not like a Labour coalition with the Liberal Democrats. I think I'd rather see a Labour coalition with the Tories. At least with the Tories I know what they are about, but the Liberal Democrats - you can't trust them."
Cllr Gwynfor Edwards, North Wales
"I'd rather not do a deal with the Lib Dems. I'd rather be positive and aim for the bigger prize, to be honest. It's certainly more than achievable. We are in good stead to win a majority. The Lib Dems are all as irrelevant as each other. I don't see any backbone there. They used to be a party of principle but I think they have thrown all that out. They are non-entities. Their policies were pie-in-the-sky and they didn't really think them through."
Cllr Michelle Paule and Cllr Beverley Clarke, Oxford East
Beverley: "You have to work with what you've got but we've got to work as hard as we can to make sure there isn't a hung parliament. I think Nick Clegg is finished. I think he is totally toxic. I can't really see how Labour could do a deal with him. It would probably have to be someone else."
Michelle: "If there is a hung parliament, I think one of the Labour Party's main roles will be to help the Liberal Democrats rediscover their core values and principles. I think they have rather lost their way. I think they ought to be a centre-left party... I don't think I would want to think about any kind of a deal until I became more sure about what the Lib Dems stand for. But if there is a hung parliament I would much rather work with the Lib Dems than let the Tories in."
Andrew Scobbie, Edinburgh South
"I don't think it's a very good idea for Labour to go into a coalition with the Lib Dems. I think the Lib Dems have already proven that they're completely feckless as regards coalescing with anyone. The example of not coalescing with Labour which was certainly a good, and as far as I'm concerned, the most appropriate option at the last election, means that the they can't be trusted at any level. Their party has imploded. Nick Clegg has personally grabbed power without any regard for his party or anyone else and I think it would be a major mistake for Labour to coalesce with the Lib Dems after the next election... I think it would be better to have Cable."
Ann Leedham, Herefordshire
"Changing their leader wouldn't make the slightest bit of difference to me. We are in it to win it. History shows that we have had a minority government with Harold Wilson and we still got by. If there is another hung parliament, I would rather see another election than a coalition because if you see how this coalition has happened now, it really has been detrimental to the whole country, in my opinion."
Cllr Lynette Kelly, Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Warwick and Leamington
"At the next election Labour will have enough seats so we don't need to go into coalition. I think the Lib Dems are a discredited party. They sold so many things that they said they would do to the Tories in order to get seats in power. I really don't think we could form an honest coalition with them because no one would ever know what they stood for again. They might get a few more votes if they dumped Nick Clegg and got Vince Cable, but you know, Vince Cable is right at the heart of this government. He is just as responsible for everything that goes on as David Cameron is, so personally, I don't think a change of leader would make that much difference."