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Shirley Williams hits out at Lib-Con deal

Steve Dinneen
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THE first signs of in-fighting within the Lib Dems emerged yesterday when Lady Shirley Williams warned against a coalition government.

She told The Guardian she would rather work with a minority Tory government on key issues than strike a formal partnership. She said the gentleman’s agreement-type deal should hinge on the Tories agreeing to overhaul the electoral system.

She said: “I think it would be better for us to offer them ‘confidence and supply’ and let them govern as a minority government, coupled with cross-party work in two areas: we need swift cross-party action to bring down the deficit, and action on political reform.”

She called for an all party committee to recommend changes to the electoral system which should include the house speaker.