Cameron hopes for majority, still open to coalition
London: British prime minister and Conservative Party leader David Cameron has insisted that his party can secure a majority vote in Thursday’s elections, but at the same time opened the door for coalition strategising.
“I am still fighting for a majority. We can achieve an overall majority that gives Britain the strong stable government,” Efe quoted Cameron saying yesterday at a campaign rally.
However, he admitted that, as indicated by polls of voting intention, the results might not name a clear winner, in which case he would be willing to negotiate.
“I formed the first coalition government for 70 years because I wanted to provide strong and stable government for Britain. I will always put the country first,” he said.
The leader of Liberal Democratic Party, the third largest parliamentary force, Nick Clegg, indicated that he would negotiate with both Tories and Labor on some measures, including an $12.20 billion sterling (8-billion pounds) investment in the national health service, and raising salaries according to inflation (currently at zero percent).
For his part, Labor leader Ed Miliband warned of the “enormous risk on working families” a new coalition between conservatives and liberals could bring, as they have supported cuts in recent years.