In a statement just issued by David Laws, the Lib Dem’s have just made a very positive statement talking of “very very positive talks” that fully endorse Clegg’s position on the party with the most votes and seats being the one they’ll deal with in the first instance, and that a stable government is what they want.
I’m reading stable as both for the nation, and ruling out the possibility of getting into bed with a party that’s going to rip itself apart over the leader that left them to the worst defeat since Michael Foot.
“A very very positive and constructive meeting of the Liberal Democrat shadow cabinet and of our parliamentary party, and both bodies have endorsed in full and completely the strategy that’s been laid out by Nick Clegg over he last twenty four hours.
We are determined to put the national interest above party advantage, and to play our part in delivering the stable and good government that the people of this country are entitled to expect. We have heard the Labour party and Gordon Brown have been saying over the last twenty four hours, but in line with the strategy that Nick Clegg has set out we will be continuing our talks with the Conservative party as the party with the largest number of seats and votes.
We understand the pressures that there are to make a decision on these matters as soon as possible and we are keen for an early conclusion of these issues but people will also understand that we are keen to make sure that we make the right long term decisions for the people of this country.