On the penultimate day of the election campaign, Deputy Prime Minister and Leader of the Liberal Democrats Nick Clegg said “you face the biggest political decision of your life”.
With the polls neck-and-neck and no party likely to hold a majority in parliament, voters face the prospect of a new government lurching to the extreme left, the extreme right, or breaking up the country unless they vote Liberal Democrat to anchor Britain to the centre ground.
Nick Clegg said only the Liberal Democrats will provide “stability, unity and decency” after Polling Day, highlighting six ‘red lines’ that must be agreed to as part of any coalition negotiations in the next government. These key policies will benefit millions of people across the country by creating a stronger economy and fairer society with opportunity for everyone.
The Liberal Democrats outlined six 'red lines' during the election campaign covering: education, the economy, tax, health, public sector pay and the environment:
- Invest an extra £2.5bn in education – benefitting 11.5 million pupils aged 2-19
- Invest £8bn a year by 2020 in the NHS – benefitting 53.9 million people in England
- £2.7bn of pay rises for public sector workers – benefitting 5.4 million workers
- Cut taxes by £400 for working people - benefitting 30 million individuals
- Introduce a 'stability budget' in the first 50 days – benefitting the entire UK population
- Fight climate change and protect nature - benefitting the entire UK population
Nick Clegg said:
“Tomorrow, you face the biggest political decision of your life. Our economic stability, our decent British values of openness, generosity and tolerance and the unity of our United Kingdom are all at stake.
“Without Liberal Democrats to keep the next Government safe, stable and fair, Labour or the Conservatives will be left to run a messy and unstable minority Government, dependent on the SNP on the one hand or UKIP and the DUP on the other.
“The Liberal Democrats will give a heart to a Conservative Government and a brain to a Labour one.
“Every Liberal Democrat MP makes Labour’s reckless borrowing and the Conservatives’ ideological cuts less likely. And every Liberal Democrat MP is a barrier between Nigel Farage and Alex Salmond and the door to 10 Downing Street.”