It's polling day today and Lib Dem candidate for Guildford, Kelly-Marie Blundell, is appealing to its voters to prioritise a stronger economy and a fairer society and so avoid the threat of a second election before Christmas.
In government the Liberal Democrats plan to cut £50 billion less than the Tories and borrow £70 billion less than Labour and so keep policy anchored in the centre ground. Independent sources have acknowledged that this will provide the stability necessary for the economy to continue to grow, bringing more jobs and prosperity for all.
Over recent weeks, Deputy Prime Minister and Leader of the Liberal Democrats, Nick Clegg, has outlined the party's six ‘red lines’ that must be agreed to as part of any coalition negotiations in the next government. These will benefit millions of people across the country by creating a stronger economy and fairer society with opportunity for everyone.
1. Invest an extra £2.5 billion in education – benefitting 11.5 million pupils aged 2-19;
2. Invest £8 billion a year by 2020 in the NHS – benefitting 53.9 million people in England;
3. £2.7 billion of pay rises for public sector workers – benefitting 5.4 million workers;
4. Cut taxes by £400 for working people – benefitting 30 million individuals;
5. Introduce a 'stability budget' in the first 50 days – benefitting the entire UK population; and
6. Fight climate change and protect nature – benefitting the entire UK population.
Deputy Prime Minister and Liberal Democrat Leader Nick Clegg said: “Everybody knows that no-one will win this election – even if David Cameron and Ed Miliband won’t admit it publicly. That means that politicians will have to work together to put the country first.
“The Liberal Democrats have a proven track record in coalition and will give a heart to a Conservative Government and a brain to a Labour one.
“Every Liberal Democrat MP makes Labour’s reckless borrowing and the Conservatives’ ideological cuts less likely. And every Liberal Democrat MP is a barrier between Nigel Farage and Alex Salmond and the door to 10 Downing Street.”
Commenting on the stark choice that Guildford's electorate faces, Kelly-Marie Blundell, added: "If Labour or the Conservatives don't prioritise national interests over political ones and stagger on with an unstable minority government, they will jeopardise the hard work and sacrifices people have made over the last five years.
"The last thing Britain needs is a second election before Christmas. The only party that will ensure stability and so progress is the Liberal Democrats.”