Guildford's Kelly-Marie Blundell: Newspapers back Lib Dems as a force for good in British politics

Newspapers from across the political divide are united in their belief the Liberal Democrats have been a force for good in government.  

In their editorials, national titles recognise the Liberal Democrats' achievements in government and the stability the party has brought to the country in the last five years. 

The newspapers also acknowledge that, in the inevitability of a hung parliament, the Liberal Democrats will anchor Britain in the centre ground and stop a lurch to the right or the left. 

Without the Liberal Democrats to keep the next Government stable and fair, Labour or the Conservatives will be left to run an unstable minority Government, dependent on the SNP on the one hand or UKIP and the DUP on the other. 

The endorsements include: 

•The Independent: Many of the Government’s achievements are owed to the Liberal Democrats. The party has been “a force for progress”. The Coalition deserves another chance. 

•The FT: The country would benefit from Liberal Democrat moderation” in Westminster” – in seats where the Lib Dems are challenging “we would vote tactically for them.” 

•The Times: The best hope for the country is for the Conservatives to team up with the Liberal Democrats again. Vote for Nick Clegg in Sheffield Hallam. 

•The Guardian: “...the next Commons would be enhanced by the presence of Lib Dem MPs.” Vote for the Liberal Democrats in Tory-facing seats. 

•Sunday Times: Nick Clegg and his Lib Dem colleagues deserve to stay. Tory supporters in Labour-Lib Dem marginals “may wish to vote for the Lib Dem candidate”. 

•The Sun: Where only the Lib Dems can beat Labour, “give the Lib Dems your vote this time”. 

•The Economist: The best hope for Britain is with a continuation of the Coalition. 

•The People: Lib Dems tempered Tory excess and delivered the last government’s greatest success with a tax-free allowance worth £800. 

Commenting on the positive editorial from press across the political spectrum, 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.  So the big question you face is: who do you want influencing the next Government?  

“As we enter the final stretch of this campaign, more and more people are recognising that only the Liberal Democrats will deliver a stronger economy AND a fairer society.” 

Liberal Democrat candidate for Guildford, Kelly-Marie Blundell, added: "In 2010 the Liberal Democrats prioritised long-term national interests ahead of short-term political ones - for which we make no apology.  Our party has shown that coalitions can be strong and stable.  Even our harshest critics now acknowledge the Liberal Democrats have been, and will be, a force for good in British public life.”