Westminster contemplates a hung Parliament

01 December 2009 | 14 comments

With the general election less than six months away Westminster is preparing itself for what could be the tightest election in many years.


Two recent polls of people's voting intentions have indicated that we could end up with a situation where no party has an overall majority of MPs in the Commons. This would mean that a party wanting to form a government would have to do deals with other smaller parties and win over their support in order to pass legislation.

Meanwhile a Citizenship Foundation survey found that the Conservatives were the most popular party amongst 14-25 year olds, although interestingly Labour were most popular with 16-17 year olds and the Lib Dems the most popular with 24-25 year olds. The poll also found that only 31% supported votes at 16 and two thirds do not trust politicians.

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