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Liberal Democrats take election pledges into Government

May 14, 2010 9:00 PM
David Cameron & Nick Clegg enter No.10

David Cameron & Nick Clegg enter No.10

On the 7th May 2010 after the election was over two things were clear, one, Labour had lost and two, as no party had passed the 326 wining mark so no party had won it either. And it meant that the Liberal Democrats were placed by the public's decision in the General Election of trying form a working relationship with one of the other parties to form a stable government.

Eventually an agreement was reached with the Conservative Party to form a coalition government and commenting on this new coalition the Liberal Democrat's Candidate for Southampton Itchen David Goodall said:

"This agreement potentially marks the start of a new era in British politics, both party leaderships have taken a brave step to form coalition, because it is in the countries best interests to have stable government for the next 5 years, due to the financial crisis the country is in."

"Given the outcome of the General Election I believe this is the best deal for the country that the Liberal Democrats could make."

Now the Liberal Democrats did try to reach an agreement with both the Labour Party and Conservative Party, however after a short time the talks with the Labour Party broke down. A statement on this brake down of Labour Party talks was released by Liberal Democrat Chief Executive, Chris Fox it said:

"It is clear that the Labour Party never took seriously the prospects of forming a progressive, reforming government with the Liberal Democrats. Key members of Labour's negotiating team gave every impression of wanting the process to fail and Labour made no attempt at all to agree a common approach with the Liberal Democrats on issues such as fairer schools funding for the most deprived pupils and taking those on low incomes out of tax. It became clear to the Liberal Democrats that certain key Labour cabinet ministers were determined to undermine any agreement by holding out on policy issues and suggesting that Labour would not deliver on proportional representation and might not marshal the votes to secure even the most modest form of electoral reform. It is clear that some people in the Labour Party see opposition as a more attractive alternative to the challenges of creating a progressive, reforming government, not least in the context of a Labour leadership election campaign."

Finally talks with the Conservative Party were successfully concluded and Liberal Democrat Leader, Nick Clegg announced:

"We are now going to form a new government. More importantly than anything else, we are going to form a new kind of government; I hope this is the start of a new kind of politics I have always believed in. Diverse, plural, where politicians with different points of view find a way to work together to provide the good government for the sake of the whole country deserves."

"That was what we were asked to do by the people of Britain in the General Election last Thursday and that is what we will deliver."

The agreement between the two parties is full of policies that the Liberal Democrats have campaigned on for years. The policy agreement for the new Government is a real chance to put into action these ideas to put into practice.

The main policies that the Liberal Democrats are taking into Government through the coalition agreement are summarised below :-

A Fair Start for Children

Fairer taxes and Economic Reform

Fair Politics

A fair and sustainable future


Civil Liberties

This initial coalition agreement sets out a range of policy understandings between the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats on a range of issues. These were issues that needed to be resolved between the parties in order to form a strong and stable government. It will be followed in due course by a final Coalition Agreement, covering the full range of policy and including foreign, defence and domestic policy issues not covered in this initial document.

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