Labor rules out Lib Dem and SNP pacts and vows to win next election ‘straightforward’

Conservatives have tried to blame opposition parties for their double election defeat – but Labor and the Lib Dems ruled out deals at the next election

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David Lammy: We want to win straight away

Labor has vowed there will be “no pacts” with the Liberal Democrats or the SNP at the next election as panicked Tories accused opposition parties of secret alliances.

Shadow Foreign Secretary David Lammy said he saw “no way” for Labor to form a formal alliance with the Liberal Democrats, arguing that voters do not want “politicians doing business in the corridors of power”.

The Conservatives have sought to blame opposition parties for their double by-election defeat, with Health Secretary Sajid Javid urging Keir Starmer and Ed Davey to “clean up” the election pacts.

But Mr Lammy insisted there were no deals – and said Labor would form the next government “directly”.

It comes as Boris Johnson claimed he was “actively” considering a third term that would last until “the mid-2030s”.

Shadow Foreign Secretary David Lammy ruled out a deal between Labor and the Lib Dems


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The prime minister has traveled to Germany for the G7 summit, but his diplomatic efforts have been overshadowed by mounting domestic concerns

Mr Lammy told Sky News: “People expect to make their own judgment and decide who to vote for.

“In the end, in the 22 years that I’ve been in public life, it’s clear to me that we have two major political parties – those political parties are actually a coalition in their own right – and that the Labor Party will form the next government we have to Collect votes from people who are considering voting Conservative.

“That is the basis on which the next government will be formed.

Boris Johnson has said he is seeking a third term


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“I see no way that we can form the next government by collecting a few Lib Dem votes. I have to be honest – or even green votes – and so I’m really excited about what happened Thursday at Wakefield.”

Asked if Labor was ready for an alliance with the SNP, he said Labor would not do business but wanted to “win the next general election first time”.

He added: “We are absolutely clear that there is no no, we are not doing business with the SNP or the Liberal Democrats, we want to win outright, and we will fight for every single vote in every single constituency, across the US Country.”

The Lib Dems overthrew a 24,000 Tory majority in Tiverton and Honiton


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Liberal Democrat leader Sir Ed Davey said his party won a resounding victory in Tiverton and Honiton by winning Tory votes.

“It would have been impossible to win this seat if we hadn’t persuaded former Conservatives to vote for us and they did it in droves,” he told the BBC on Sunday morning.

Asked if there had been a deal with Labour, he said: “No, not at all because if you look at the seats we have to win in the next election, we can win in the next election, we have to a lot of convincing former Conservatives to vote for us and we’re doing that very, very successfully.”

Sir Ed said it was clear that voters “have figured out for themselves who to outperform if they are to punish Boris Johnson and the Conservatives”.

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