SIR Keir Starmer and Sir Ed Davey will hold “serious but deniable” talks to plot a path to No10, a leading Lib Dem let slip yesterday.
Party grandee and fellow knight of the realm Sir Vince Cable said scrapping first-past-the-post elections and replacing them with a European-style PR system would be the Lib Dems’ price in a hung parliament.
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In an incendiary admission, former Cabinet Minister Sir Vince boasted that a “confidence and supply” arrangement with Labour “is very plausible . . . subject to agreement on reform of the voting system”.
He added: “You can be sure that serious, but deniable, conversations will be taking place over the next year.”
Ex-MP Sir Vince’s comments came after the Labour leader, interviewed on TV, refused 11 times to rule out entering the so-called Knightmare pact with the Lib Dems.
The PM, under fire for losing 1,000 seats at last week’s local elections, said of Sir Keir: “He’s not just Sir Softie, he’s Sir Flakey too.”
A Lib Dem spokesman said: “Vince doesn’t speak for the party. We hope he continues to enjoy his retirement.”
After initially refusing to rule out any post-election pacts, a Conservative Party spokesman last night said: “We will not be doing a deal with any other party.”