Not that anyone noticed much, but last night Britain held local elections. Guess who took a “Shellacking”?
Ed Miliband: Voters have withdrawn permission for Clegg to back Tory policies
Labour leader says people do not want ‘relaunch of coalition’ as desperate night for Lib Dems leaves them with only 15% of vote in local elections
Polly Curtis, Whitehall correspondent, guardian.co.uk
Friday 6 May 2011 13.21 BST
The Labour leader, Ed Miliband, indicated that the coalition had lost its mandate to govern after the Liberal Democrats suffered a disastrous night in the local elections, seeing their vote collapse across the north of England, Scotland and Wales.
Miliband told reporters in Gravesham, a key council in the south won by Labour: “The Conservative party does not have a majority in parliament and has only been able to govern because of the Liberal Democrats’ willing participation in a Tory-led government.
“People who once voted Liberal Democrat have withdrawn permission for Nick Clegg to back Tory policies on the NHS, on living standards and cuts that go too far, too fast.
“People do not want a relaunch of the coalition but real change. David Cameron and Nick Clegg must listen to the people.”
But will they listen?
Coalition ministers insisted the Lib Dem-Conservative government would refocus on its work – next week Clegg and David Cameron will launch a coalition document marking its achievements in the year since it was formed.
Coalition ministers vowed to plough on with their plans after a desperate night for the Lib Dems left them with just 15% of the local election vote – their lowest for nearly three decades – and came ahead of the AV referendum result, which they have acknowledged is almost certain to go against them.
The American people have voted for change in the last 3 elections- 2006, 2008, and 2010.
And we’ll keep on voting until we get some.