A new cross-party group will be set up by senior Labour figures tomorrow in an attempt to heal the party’s rift with the Liberal Democrats and open the door to Lib-Lab co-operation in another hung parliament.
Labour for Democracy will try to build bridges with other progressive parties, including the Greens. But it will reach out to Nick Clegg’s party, with whom relations were stretched to breaking point when he took the Lib Dems into coalition with the Conservatives in 2010.
Although the launch was planned before last week’s Leveson report on press regulation, it is timely because Ed Miliband and Mr Clegg have backed the inquiry’s call for a new system to be underpinned by law, a move opposed by David Cameron ...
Significantly, one of the driving forces behind the new group is John Denham, the former cabinet minister, who is now parliamentary private secretary to Mr Miliband. Mr Denham said: “While Labour values are most strongly supported by Labour voters, many supporters of other parties also share some of our values.