Clegg: Six Red Lines as pre-condition for coalition deals

 
"I can confirm a Liberal Democrat red line – a pre-condition for government..."
In April-May 2015, Nick Clegg outlined the six red lines that must be agreed to as part of any coalition negotiations in the next government.

When asked on BBC Breakfast in April 2015 “if [the other parties] don’t agree [to one of the red lines], you would walk away, you would not be Deputy Prime Minister?”, the Liberal Democrat leader replied: “Correct.”

1. An extra £2.5bn for Education

Mr Clegg said: “I can confirm a Liberal Democrat red line – a pre-condition for government – is increasing spending on education. So the next government must increase spending on nurseries, schools and colleges. Without investment in education, there can be no deal with the Liberal Democrats.”

2. Invest an extra £8bn in the NHS each year

Mr Clegg said: “This is a red line for us. We won’t join a Government that refuses to commit to giving the NHS the money it needs or set out how it will pay for it.”

3. A stability budget within the first 50 days

Mr Clegg said: “We will have a stability budget, to take place within 50 days of election day, a pre-condition of any coalition arrangement. There will be no deal if there is no stability. This too, is a red line.”

4. £400 tax cut for low & middle earners

Mr Clegg said: “We are making increasing the Personal Allowance to £12,500 a ‘red line’ for any coalition negotiation. That way the British public know that no matter the colour of the government, if the Liberal Democrats are a part of it, their taxes will be cut.”

5. Pay rises for public sector workers

From the Liberal Democrats website: “We would introduce a minimum pay increase in line with inflation for the next two years, and guarantee real terms increases in pay once the books have been balanced.”

6. Fight climate change & protect nature

From the Liberal Democrats website: “A government with the Liberal Democrats must play a lead role in the Paris 2015 climate negotiations. Liberal Democrats would also insist on pushing forward our radical plans to protect the environment with a Nature Act.”

Sources

Liberal Democrats set out six red lines (LibDems.org.uk)

Nick Clegg sets out economic red line (LibDems.org.uk)

Backing the NHS is a Lib Dem red line (LibDems.org.uk)

 
 
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