Originally published 23 April 2017.
Local Liberal Liberal Democrats have strongly welcomed Tim Farron's declaration today that the Liberal Democrats will make no coalition deal with either Labour or the Conservatives after this election. He told the Observer today: “There is no way we can countenance any kind of arrangement or coalition with the Conservative party and likewise with the Labour Party led by Jeremy Corbyn. He accepted hard Brexit, he voted for it. He enabled it. It has put us in the situation we are now in.”
Martin Horwood, Cheltenham's former MP and again candidate in this General Election, said: "This sends a very clear message to voters. You can ignore Tory scaremongering about Liberal Democrats putting Jeremy Corbyn into Number Ten. That was never going to happen and this puts it beyond doubt. But equally it says to people who voted Labour or Green in Cheltenham last time that we're not going back into coalition with the Conservatives any time soon.
"Of course this is smart politics by Tim Farron, but it's right in principle too. Both the old parties have lurched to the extremes and we won't do a deal with either."
County councillor Iain Dobie who is running for re-election on the summer's first election on 4 May said: "I welcome Tim's good. clear message that the Lib Dems will not be joining any coalition with the Tory or Labour parties. No to Theresa, No to Jeremy."
Mel Gladwin, chair of Cheltenham Liberal Democrats, added: "We absolutely support the decision of our leader Tim farron not to enter into a colaition with either Labour or the Conservatives following the election on 8 June"
Rachel Hart, a student at Balcarras, and chair of Cheltenham Liberal Youth, said: "young people in this election want a pro-European party and a coalition with Labour or the Tories would compromise that. We must rule out any coalitions now to provide a striong voice for the younger generation"