Gisela Stuart, MP for Birmingham Edgbaston, has said that Labour shouldn’t rule out forming a ‘grand coalition’ with the Tories after the next election if neither party win a majority.
Stuart told the Financial Times .
“If on May 8 you had a position where Labour had more seats than the Tories but not enough to form a government — but the Tories had more votes than Labour — I think you should not dismiss the possibility of a grand coalition in terms of regrouping of the main”
Stuart, who was born in Germany, went on to compare the UK to Germany, where there is currently a left/right coalition between the CDU and the Social Democrats:
“When you have to make very difficult decisions, the broader the baseline from which you work, the more you are able to do these things. If no party has won an overall majority then it will have to work with another party. And as you work through the options, do not rule out that you have a grand coalition.”Unlikely as it sounds there may be something in it for both Parties
- The result in GE2015 could result in a hung Parliament where the Lib Dems lose so many seats a Coalition with them wil not give either Labour or Tories an overall majority
- Neither will have any desire to placate the SNP and would hope that a Unionist Press would ceaselessly attack the SNP and swing Scottish voters from them that Labour's hegemony in Scotland is restored.
- Neither really have given any indication that they have any desire to scrap the Austerity programme which would be the key demand of the Plaid.SNP,Green Bloc.
- The same applies to the Bloc calls for scraping Trident.
- The threat from Ukip will be measured by the result in GE2010 but a referendum say in 2017 could result in a Pro-Europe vote stifling Ukip .
- They can resist calls for Proportional representation even if it becomes clear hung Parliaments will now be the norm under FTP
- With the fixed term parliament rule it would take the agreement of both Labour and Tories to join together in forcing enough of a majority to force a General Election by probably engineering a No confidence but that would probably mean that the largest pf these parties looking at polls to see them well ahead but the likely scenario is they will for five years and there will be many in both parties desperate for a Ministerial position
The formation of such a government would unlikely to be popular but Unionist who dominate both parties will feel its worth it and both will hope there will be a desire for Two Party Politics by 2020 and even if they were to loose the chance of a comeback in 2025 my exist.
Such a Coalition will probably not exist immediately after a hung parliament in May but with no prospect og going to the country again in October as Labour did in 1974 and at least one probably seeking a new leader and Labour not wanting to damage thier prospects in the 2016 elections in wales and Scotland. October 2016 m\ay see a Tory/Lab coalition . God Help us all.