Political deadlock looms in Britain

Britain is facing into weeks of political deadlock as both main parties seemed set to fall far short of a majority in tomorrow’s election.

Despite the last coalition government being put together in a matter of days in 2010, the results this time around are expected to make things far less clearcut.

Tensions between previous partners in power — the Conservatives and Lib Dems — exploded into the open when Tory leader David Cameron was called a liar as the junior coalition party in the outgoing government said his public claims of being able to gain a majority in the House of Commons were the opposite of his private admissions.

Mr Cameron admitted that the Lib Dems were “just as likely” to team-up with Labour as the Tories after the election results were in as he desperately attempted to shore-up conservative support by saying that Ed Miliband would be held hostage by the Scottish Nationalist Party in a hung parliament.

The Labour leader hit back by insisting that the Tories had secret plans to slash welfare spending and further privatise the NHS if they got back into power as he again said he would not cut an informal deal with the SNP.

Labour was reported to have already opened talks with the Lib Dems about how to oust Mr Cameron as prime minister if the neck-and-neck polls prove correct and the Tories emerge as the largest party by a nose, but still end upabout 50 seats short of the 326 MPs needed to command a majority in the Commons.

Mr Cameron said “all the arguments are going our way” as he made a late drive to break the opinion poll deadlock in favour of the Tories.

Addressing a campaign rally in Bath, the prime minister urged activists to take his warning of the “massive risk” of putting Labour in charge of the economy to doorsteps in key seats.

“Whether it is the choice on plan, the choice on teams, the choice on leaders, the choice on deficit, the choice on taxes, all the arguments are going our way”, he said, despite all opinion polls suggesting neither main party is on course to secure an overall Commons majority.

“We’ve got three days left to go to make these arguments and it all comes down to one thing, it all comes down to one idea, and that is about the economy.”

“When you are in the voting booth, with that stubby pencil in your hand, ask yourself this question: do I trust Ed Miliband to run the British economy?” he said to cries of “no” from activists.

It came as Tories furiously denied the Lib Dem claims that Mr Cameron had made the admission to Mr Clegg that the Conservatives had no hope of a majority.

However in a rare piece of good news for Mr Clegg it looked as if Labour’s aim to “decapitate” the Lib Dems by ousting him from his Sheffield seat would fail due to massive tactical voting by Conservatives in the constituency.


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