However, under the present parliament, 11 seats would make the difference between a Conservative majority and a hung parliament. It might even make the difference between a Conservative government and a Labour government. The way forward for Labour is not through a pact but through a completely unilateral withdrawal of Labour candidates from selected Liberal Democrat targeted seats.
Labour would need to make it clear that it was acting purely in its own interest, not through any ideas of centre-left party realignment. The Liberal Democrats would continue to be seen as an independent opposition party.
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