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No more coalitions: David Cameron 'would prefer minority government to making a deal' if Conservatives fail to win majority at next election


David Cameron has ruled out forming another coalition if the Conservatives fail to win a majority at next year’s general election, according to a source close to the Prime Minister.

It is understood Mr Cameron has decided he would rather try to run a minority government if the Tories are the biggest party in a hung parliament.

This could potentially cause the Government to quickly collapse and force another election, although the SNP managed to govern Scotland for four years until 2011 despite not having a majority in the Holyrood parliament.

The source told The Daily Telegraph that Mr Cameron had been “ very clear”.

“He doesn’t want another Coalition,” the insider said. “A promise in the manifesto not to do any deals after the election would make that very clear to voters and ensure they know exactly what the choice is at the election.”

An Ipsos MORI poll last month found that 65 per cent of voters thought another hung parliament would be bad for Britain.

Polls put Labour on about 38 per cent and the Conservatives on 33 per cent. It is thought the Tories need more than 40 per cent to win a majority, but pollsters think this will be a difficult task, partly because of the rise of UKIP.

In September, Mr Cameron said he did not want another coalition but added “I want a Conservative majority”. He also said he was keeping a “little black book” of Conservative plans that had been blocked by the Liberal Democrats.