Voices

Too many let electoral tactics influence their decision in the polling booth

Jonathan Isaby: Are the Liberal Democrats seriously saying they would prop up a Labour government?

The very last outcome that the country indicated it wanted at the general election was a coalition between Labour and the Liberal Democrats.

Andy McSmith: Proportional Representation - the down side

Some people should beware of getting what they wish for.

Letters: Hung parliaments

Strong rule is not good rule

Dissent grows among Lib Dems as hours of meetings end in deadlock

High drama in Whitehall as all three leaders meet in secret / Pressure grows on Lib Dems not to abandon core demands

No deal without electoral reform, party warns Clegg

Nick Clegg will be forced to face the growing concerns within his party over co-operating with a Tory government amid unease that the Liberal Democrats may fail to secure any major concessions on changing Britain's voting system.

Clegg is urged to abandon deal as Tories rule out vote reform

Leading Conservatives react with horror to a day of shuttle diplomacy between Lib Dem leader and David Cameron as thousands demonstrate in favour of PR, joining voices calling for the creation of 'traffic light' coalition of the left

Nick Clegg: Visionary or traitor?

The Liberal Democrat leader finds himself at the centre of a power struggle for No 10 – but there are serious doubts over whether he could carry his party into an alliance with the Tories

Voters deserve 'stable government' says Clegg

Voters deserve a "good, stable government", Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg said today as he pledged to approach cross-party talks in a "constructive spirit".

Letters: Forming a coalition government

A century-old plan for pact

John Curtice: It pays to treat the exit polls with caution

As soon as the polls close at 10pm tonight the BBC, ITV News and Sky will tell us how many seats each party has won. Or at least they hope to.

Andrew Grice: Cameron's self-serving electoral reform plans

Shock news: David Cameron is committed to electoral reform. His "reform" is to cut the number of MPs by 10 per cent and introduce fairness into the system by equalising the number of voters in the 650 constituencies.

Voters vent their anger on <i>Independent</i> soapbox

Voters vented their anger at Conservative jibes about Gordon Brown in Newcastle during yesterday afternoon's Independent soapbox hustings. Audience members were annoyed after Tory candidate Nick Holder quoted a Labour party member in an ill-advised joke about the prime minister's track record.

A guide to hung parliaments

Last week's election broadcast by the Conservatives is one of the most unusual to grace any campaign in living memory. We are accustomed to politicians attacking the policies of other parties, or the personalities of rival leaders – but this one was dedicated to attacking a theoretical possibility: a hung parliament.

Cameron set to challenge convention over hung parliament

David Cameron is set to claim victory if Labour comes third in Thursday's election even if he fails to win an overall majority.

John Rentoul: Clegg has blown it, after all that

The Lib Dem leader has shown his hand too early and may have missed the chance of a lifetime
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Please save my husband

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