Nick Clegg Will Not Work with Gordon Brown

The Lib Dem leader squashes the notion that he could form a coalition government with Gordon Brown if Labour came in third:

Nick Clegg hurriedly revised the

Liberal Democrat post-election negotiating position today by insisting

that he had not ruled out a possible deal with Labour in a hung parliament. However, he

said that if Labour came third in share of the vote – with polls

suggesting that is a distinct possibility – he did not believe that Gordon Brown could remain as prime


His clarification marks a shift from the weekend when he

appeared to suggest Labour would have forfeited the right to govern if

it came third on 6 May. His remarks had alarmed some on the progressive

left who argued that he was in danger of reducing the anti-Tory

tactical vote.

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