Friday 2nd June – Commenting on Jeremy Corbyn and Emily Thornberry's speech at a rally in Essex ruling out working with other progressive parties in the event of a hung parliament, Neal Lawson, spokesperson for Progressive Alliance, said:
“Of course the Labour party wants to win an outright majority but, if first past the post produces a second hung Parliament this decade, the sensible thing to do is to host talks with other parties who share the same values.
“Brexit negotiations will be impossible on the basis of a minority government. Only a broad and secure progressive coalition can give the country the leadership it needs in these challenging times.”
“The alternative... is the nightmare option of an insecure minority Conservative government propped up by the DUP”
Given the likely presence of a number of MPs from the SNP, Liberal Democrats, Plaid Cymru and the Green Party there is a firm basis for a progressive coalition if the Labour leadership is prepared to open talks.
Neal Lawson, again:
“Fortunately there are many Labour MPs who are moving away from the old tribalism of the 20th century and are embracing collaborative politics to deal with the problems of this century.
“Jeremy Corbyn should take out his Labour membership card and look on the back. It says very clearly 'by the strength of our common endeavour we achieve more than we achieve alone.' This is Labour's Clause IV, saying we must work together if we want to build a bigger, better future for our country.”