Tuesday, 28 April 2015

A guide to the positions of the various parties on a coalition.

The general election is just over a week away now. Here is a short guide to the positions of the minor parties on who they will support in a (Likely) hung parliament after the general election.

Possible coalitions that may be formed after the next election, and the position of the various parties.

Liberal Democrats (Likely to win 25-30 seats):
Nick Clegg has signalled his readiness to go into coalition with whoever is the largest party after the election, Labour or Tory. However, the Lib Dems are only likely to win about 30 seats, making such a deal unlikely at the present moment.

Scottish National Party (Likely to win 40-50 seats): SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon has said she will "Never" do a deal with the Tories and is prepared to go into coalition only with Labour. Ed Miliband has ruled out a formal coalition with the SNP but refused to rule out an informal confidence and supply deal, making an SNP-Lab pact the most likely outcome of this election.

United Kingdom Independence Party (Likely to win 1-5 seats): UKIP leader Nigel Farage recently said that he would be prepared to do a deal with anyone-including Labour-if it got him an EU referendum in return. However, in recent months Mr Farage has hardened his position, saying his party would vote for David Cameron to remain PM whilst opposing EdM, and recently told his supporters to vote Tory in Con-Lab marginal seats to prevent a "Disastrous left-wing coalition" from winning.

Green (Likely to win 0-2 seats): Green leader Natalie Bennett has categorically ruled out any sort of deal with the Tories, but has been silent on the prospect of any pact with Labour. However, the only Green MP, Caroline Lucas, has vocally talked up the prospect of a pact with Labour, and recently said she would support Labour in a hung parliament.

Respect (Likely to win 0-1 seats): Respect and former Labour MP George Galloway has refused to say which party he would support in a hung parliament. He may be slightly more inclined toward Labour, but has indicated that he may abstain in a no-confidence vote.

Social Democratic and Labour Party (Likely to win 2-3 seats): SDLP leader Dr Alisdair Mcdougall has said his party will support "A strong, progressive Labour government", but will abstain on trident renewal. The social democratic party leader has categorically ruled out any sort of official or non-official deal with any other party.

Plaid Cymru (Likely to win 2-3 seats): Plaid leader Leanne Wood has said she will back Labour in a hung parliament, but this does not translated to "Unconditional support" on issues such as trident. Plaid has been a vocal critic of the Tories and has said they will attempt to vote down a Cameron led minority government.

Democratic Unionist Party (Likely to win 8-10 seats): The DUP have said they will support, and unconditionally vote for, the platform of either major party that reaches out to them. The DUP have refused to rule out a deal with either Labour or the Tories, saying that a deal was dependent on the "Individual offer" each party was willing to make (I.e whoever proposes more money for NI).

Sinn Fein (Likely to win 4-6 seats): Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams has rejected speculation that his party will end its long held abstinence from Westminster, saying that both major parties are committed to the preservation of British colonialism over Ireland.

Alliance (Likely to win 0-1 seats):
The Alliance have not said who they will support in a hung parliament, but the likelihood is that they will follow their UK wide allied party (The Liberal Democrats). Alliance MP Naomi Long faces a very tough battle to hold on in East Belfast, facing a stiff DUP challenge.

Ulster Unionist Party (Likely to win 0-1 seats): The UUP have said they would prefer a deal with the Conservatives if they did manage to win a Westminster seat.

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