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Liberal Democats' Tory distrust and anguish over the next general election

Publié par carmion le 05/10/2010

Allegra Stratton

"There was a moment on Friday night when rumblings started to emerge from the Liberal Democrats that the two-hour negotiations their representatives had taken part in with the Tories were not shadow-boxing but the real thing.

"As the electoral reality sank in, the Lib Dems started to think the previously not-much-thought-about: that they could go into government with the Tories. They could see the problems, but also that any agreement with the Labour party had its drawbacks and that any second election could see the Lib Dems wiped out as a political force. Lib Dem bloggers posted pieces on how it could, after all, be acceptable.

"And in meetings with his new MPs and his ruling federal executive on Saturday - whose support he needs as part of the Lib Dems' "triple lock" process for a coalition agreement - Nick Clegg was given the go-ahead to talk to the Conservatives."

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"Liberal Democats' Tory distrust and anguish over the next general election", La Clé des Langues [en ligne], Lyon, ENS de LYON/DGESCO (ISSN 2107-7029), octobre 2010. Consulté le 18/02/2018. URL: http://cle.ens-lyon.fr/anglais/archives/archives-revue-de-presse/liberal-democats-tory-distrust-and-anguish-over-the-next-general-election