Thesiger wrote:Betty Denim wrote: What I meant (sorry might not be explaining it correctly) is not who gets first opportunity but why do the LibDems are obliged to - constitutionally - talk first to the party with most seats as Samoan seems to say (I think!). I would have thought the third party - or others - could or should talk to the one they feel most aligned with, if at all?
Well the maths show that adding Lib Dem seats plus Labour seats doesn't reach the threshold to guarantee a stable government (in terms of Votes of Confidence and Queen's Speech etc). Add Conservative seats to Lib Dem seats, however, and you've easily got that. The LIb Dem/Cons alliance is the only feasible two party coalition to guarantee a working majority in the House.
Ah, I see; thanks for explaining it . If, just out of interest, there was less of a gap between the number of seats the first two parties had and he would be able to form a majority coalition with either, is he constitutionally obliged to talk to the one with the most seats first or is it just something he decided he would do?