Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg says his party will not prop up a Gordon Brown government if Labour finish third in the British general election on May 6.
Under Britain’s electoral system Labour could remain the largest party despite polling the lowest number of votes.
Speaking on the BBC Clegg said:
“There are now indications that Labour might come third in terms of the number of people voting for the different parties. What I’m saying is that it seems to me just preposterous the idea that if a party comes third in terms of the number of votes, it’s still somehow has the right to carry on squatting in Number 10 and continue to lay claim to having the prime minister.”
The latest opinion polls show Labour third in popular support, and its suggested that senior figures in Brown’s party have been making overtures to the Liberal Democrats, while the official Labour line is a vote for Clegg is a vote for Cameron.
Clegg vowed to back whichever party won both the most votes and the most seats, which current polls suggest will be the Conservatives.
The country has not had a hung parliament since 1974 and many fear a similar scenario will damage attempts to tackle the country’s record budget deficit. Conservative leader David Cameron continues to warn that a hung parliament will be bad for Britain.