This year the Fabian Society, Centre: Forum and the Electoral Reform Society will be hosting a public event at both Labour Party conference and Liberal Democrat Conference entitled ‘Politics: Is the future plural?’.
Featuring John Denham, Jo Swinson, Caroline Flint, Mary Riddell, Michael White, Sir Menzies Campbell and Simon Hughes, the events are part of an ongoing conversation between the Fabians and Centre:Forum about the nature of pluralism in politics.
Like it or not (and a lot of Fabian’s definitely do not), most analysts predict a hung Parliament after the 2015 General Election, what does this mean for Ed Miliband and Nick Clegg?
A poll from Liberal Democrat website Lib Dem Voice found that by 48% to 19%, Lib Dem members prefer post-2015 alliance with Labour to continuing the present coalition with the Tories. However, our Fabian Society membership survey found a statistical dead head between Fabians who thought the Lib-Dem’s were allies, and those who thought they were adversaries.
So we want to know more about what Fabians think about any potential deal with the Liberal Democrats? Who would you do a deal with? What are the ‘red lines’? Would you be willing to ‘agree with Nick’? We want to know who the pluralists want to work with and where the ‘majority-only’ faction might concede – if anywhere?