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Details of coaltion agreement published
13/05/2010 21:57:00

Details of the agreement between the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats were published today. Both parties have had to compromise but I believe the agreement implements most of the manifesto I stood on as well as the best of the Liberal Democrat manifesto. Specifically, it includes:

- a commitment to a significantly accelerated reduction in the budget deficit, cutting £6 billion of government waste in this financial year, and to the scrapping of Labour’s proposed tax on job;

- key elements of the reform agenda we outlined in our manifesto, including welfare and school reform;

- key priorities of the Liberal Democrats such as fairer funding in education, a fairer tax system and political reform - including a referendum on changing the voting system to the alternative vote.

Importantly, it does not include Liberal Democrat proposals for an amnesty for illegal immigrants nor the handover of any additional powers to the EU.

But the past few days have not just been about compromise. What was clear as the negotiations progressed is the amount of common ground between the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats on issues such as building a green economy, decentralising power and protecting civil liberties - including scrapping ID cards.

I believe that the coming together of two political parties to form one strong government marks a new era for Britain and for British politics and I will do everything in my power to help make it work but I am keen to hear your views – let me know what you think.

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On 14/05/2010 21:26:00 Paul Ogier wrote:
So the election mantra during the campaign 'Vote Clegg get Brown' was a deceit on the part of the Conservative Party. The truth was 'Vote Clegg get Cameron' so why didn't the party campaign on that as part of restoring trust in politicians?
On 20/05/2010 10:03:00 Gavin Barwell wrote:

Nick Clegg made it very clear that the party with the most seats and most votes would have a mandate to try to form a government. If more people who wanted a change of government had voted Liberal Democrat rather than Conservative, Labour and the Liberal Democrats would have won more seats and we would have won fewer and we would then have had a Labour/Liberal Democrat coalition. So I think it was perfectly legitimate for David Cameron to warn people who didn't want Gordon Brown as Prime Minister that unless they voted Conservative they risked seeing him stay in office.




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