Writing in the Guardian newspaper, the former Liberal Democrat leader, Vince Cable, has called on the party to form closer links with other opposition parties, including Labour.
“Labour and the Lib Dems are distinct political traditions with a complementary capacity to beat the Conservatives. This point is misunderstood by those who say each party betrays the other by existing at all. The answer is not a wholesale takeover of one by the other, but more accommodation between the two. If each of the parties will move a little, there is much common ground to find: around constitutional reform, the environment, civil liberties and social justice.”
Cable also said that although first past the post was a problematic electoral system, but added it was unlikely to change, as “the turkeys aren’t going to vote for Christmas having just been given free range”.