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Bedfellows or sworn enemies?

LABOUR traditonalists' disquiet over any future coalition with the Liberal Democrats is understandable.

While polls suggest Labour could take the largest number of seats, but not have enough for an overall majority in next year's General Election, the party's thoughts are turning to matters practical.

And so the prospect of forming a minority Government or a Lib-Lab pact are realistic enough prospects to be exercising their minds.

In the past, Labour may well have looked to the Liberal Democrats as natural bedfellows.

However, recent history means many now see them as the sworn enemy, with Ian Lavery insisting any such coalition would "make my blood boil".

Meanwhile, the Lib-Dems could be the power brokers at the next election, and the choice may not be left in the hands of the left.
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Title Annotation:Editorial; Opinion, Columns
Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Article Type:Editorial
Date:Feb 28, 2014
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