In light of recent polls it seems likely that there will be another hung parliament in May and a coalition to follow. The profiles below will explore what each of the major parties may be looking for in their ideal coalition partner.
Relationship status: It’s complicated with Liberal Democrats
A party currently going through the divorce process, is seeking a new partner. Preferably someone who is comfortable being on the side lines of public life; with a supportive nature and docile temperament.
Probably one of the most talked about coalition possibilities is that of Conservative and UKIP. With Conservative MPs ‘recklessly’ jumping ship to UKIP and being successfully elected, there appears an overlap in support; it seems to be the logical partnership. Nigel Farage has claimed that he would go into the coalition with the Conservatives if they were to promise an in-out EU referendum; yet for every quote suggesting that they are willing to be in a coalition there is one to the contrary. By becoming partners in politics they will be making many of both parties supporters happy but are also likely to alienate other members. Moreover, seeing as it would probably be the Conservatives who had the greater seats in parliament can we realistically see Mr Farage sitting quietly content as deputy Prime Minister?
Relationship status: It’s complicated with Conservatives
Another party emerging from a sticky divorce and looking for a companion who will help boost self-esteem again. Broad minded and open to new experiences this party is looking for someone to share new adventures with.
It can be questioned whether anyone will be willing to join with the Liberal Democrats next year; they are becoming the fourth party in UK politics and that ranking may still plummet. The chances of another Lib Dem Conservative coalition are slim seeing as the Nick Clegg is likely to lose seats in May. The parties have also shown their differences on the issue of the education budget, the most recent of a series of disagreements. A coalition could possibly be on the table if the Lib Dems were to change their leader; the party stayed in support of Clegg early in the year but this could waver come election time. However, chances will be that the Lib Dems will be alone next Christmas.
Relationship status: Single
Currently single and ready to mingle. An aspiring professional seeking a partner who has a lively personality, with a view to long term commitment. Looking for a new outlook on life and wishing to share the journey with a like-minded soul.
The Labour Party may be the ones being asked to find a coalition partner in May and they may not be spoilt for choice. The SNP have been making gains in Scotland from Labour, it could be possible that Labour will seek to join with the SNP to ensure they are in parliament. Talk of this coalition has not been welcomed by the SNP leadership who deny they will join with any political party. A
different route Labour could go down is to seek an agreement with the Green Party; the Greens have been growing in popularity recently and are predicted to outperform the Lib Dems. Theoretically the Greens and Labour should work but Labour may not be left enough for some Green policies yet both are united in their caution of fracking. Or could the seemingly improbable happen; could we see a Labour Conservative coalition in an attempt to defend their influence from the growing popularity of the many minority parties?
In conclusion, it is all to play for in the political marital states. However, we may see the vote split more than ever next May which could leave us with a minority government; the country could have a single parent yet.
By Ellen Clarke, Junior Writer for Daily Political View