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Tories unlikely to win 2015 election, says Luff
A TORY MP has admitted it is “unlikely” the party will win the next general election and says it would be “prudent” to plan for a second coalition.
Peter Luff, who represents Mid-Worcestershire and is retiring at the next election, believes the country is heading for another hung parliament.
His comments come as David Cameron is said to be drawing up plans for a fresh coalition agreement in the event of 2015 producing no overall winner.
National newspaper reports say the Prime Minister has held talks with ministers over changing Conservative Party rules to make the passage to another deal easier.
Under the change, all Tory MPs would be consulted on details of a power-sharing agreement, with a final written report being put to them in a vote if the party fails to win outright.
The bid is an attempt to avoid a repeat of the last three years, where many coalition policies were not put to backbench MPs beforehand, leading to growing frustration.
Mr Luff said: “I would much rather there not be another coalition, but I would be broadly happy if this was being looked at.
“Last time around there should have been more thinking about how (the coalition) was being formed.
“We are moving into an era where there seems to be more votes going to different parties and it’s right to think about how we will deal with it. #
"I think it’s very likely another coalition will be required again, and if that is the case, I’d much rather something be more formal so we can have a clear plan put to voters before the election.
“It’s unlikely any party will get an overall majority unless we can buck historical trends, so it’s prudent to do this.”
Back in 2010 Lib Dem party rules forced leader Nick Clegg to consult with MPs, peers and members about broad details of the agreement.
Some senior Tory party figures believe the lack of anything similar by Mr Cameron has encouraged dissent among backbenchers.
A written deal would place them under an obligation to be supportive and avoid criticising policies agreed beforehand.
Under the plan, backbench MPs would be asked for their views on parts of any power-sharing deal as it was negotiated.