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Rule change eases the way for Coalition candidates

Tim Montgomerie

Birds in tory tree

The Daily Mail reports of a rule change that some will see as making it easier for candidates to stand as joint Lib/Con candidates at the next General Election:

"Ministers are to change the law to allow candidates standing for two parties at the same time to put a joint emblem on the ballot paper. It opens the door to Tory and Lib Dems agreeing local peace pacts with one candidate representing them both – perhaps under a logo combining the yellow Liberal Democrat bird with the Tory oak tree."

The public justification is to help Labour Co-operative candidates but conspiracy theorists will, as the Mail has done, put a different spin on the move.


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