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Monday, July 23, 2012

UK Lib Dems ready for Labour coalition.

UK Labour leader Ed Miliband and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg (from L)
UK Labour leader Ed Miliband and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg (from L)

The British Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has expressed his openness to a possible future Liberal Democrat coalition with the Labour party after the next general election in 2015.

Speaking to the Sunday People, Clegg declared that his party would do its “duty" if it turned out that governing with Labour was the only way to form a government in the UK. 

He also stressed that in the case of Labour winning the most seats but falling short of a Commons majority, he could work with Labour’s leader, Ed Miliband, and that “personal likes and dislikes” were irrelevant. 

"If the British people, like they did last time, say no-one has won, then I'll be open to working with other parties," Clegg said. 

Being asked if he could do business with Miliband, he replied, “If the British people said that was the only combination which could work would be those two parties, in the same way as after the last election the only combination which could work was Conservatives and Liberal Democrats, it would be obvious that Liberal Democrats would need to do their duty." 

Meanwhile, Business Secretary Vince Cable indicated his readiness to succeed Clegg, whose party’s popularity has decreased since going into government with the Tories in May 2010. 

Earlier on June, a survey for the Sunday Express by pollsters Angus Reid showed that Britain’s Labour party has opened largest lead since December 2002, being put 14 points ahead of the Conservatives. 

Moreover, according to the poll, Conservatives and the Liberal Democrats with support levels of 29 percent and 9 percent respectively, were put behind the Labour's 43 percent support.