Without enough seats to rule on his own, David Cameron has made it clear that he is willing to work with the Liberal Democrats to form a government in Britain. Despite the Conservatives winning in the biggest number of constituencies, they do not have an overall majority.
David Cameron, leader of the Conservative party, said: “I want to make a big, open and comprehensive offer to the Liberal Democrats. I want us to work together in tackling our country’s big and urgent problems: the debt crisis, our deep social problems and our broken political system.”
One area where the parties will struggle to agree is policy towards Europe. Outlining his party’s stance, David Cameron stated: “I want to make it clear that I do not believe any government should give more powers to the European Union.”
The Liberal Democrats are pro-Europe. While campaigning, Nick Clegg, who used to be an MEP, was accused by opponents of trying to make the UK too integrated into Europe and creating ‘super-state’.
For now, electoral reform is high on Clegg’s agenda. Addressing a crowd in London, the Lib Dem leader said: “I will continue to argue not only for greater fairness in British society, not only greater responsibility in economic policy making, but also for the extensive real reforms that we need to fix our political system.”
In a bid to woo the Lib Dems, both the Conservatives and Labour have said they will talk about reforming the voting system. The Prime Minister has proposed putting the question to the public in a referendum. David Cameron has only offered to hold an all-party committe enquiry into the issue.