Tuesday 24 October 2017

Miliband denies Lib Dem links are plan for coalition

David Hughes London

UK Labour leader Ed Miliband has insisted he is focused on winning an outright majority for his party, despite contacts with senior Liberal Democrats raising the prospect of a centre-left coalition in 2015.

Mr Miliband said reports of discussions with leading Lib Dems such as business secretary Vince Cable were "overdone".

In an effort to distance himself from the junior coalition partner, he insisted the party was an "accomplice" to the Tories in government.

On BBC1's 'Andrew Marr Show', Mr Miliband said: "This is way overdone. I want a majority Labour government, I'm working for a majority Labour government," he said.

"If there are areas where people can co-operate across the divide in politics, fine."

In an attack on Nick Clegg's party he said: "The problem about the Lib Dems, including Vince I'm afraid, is that they are an accomplice to this government, not a brake on it."

Irish Independent

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