Ex-Foreign Secretary Mr Hague outlined his concerns during an article penned for today’s Daily Telegraph, in which he pointed to interventions by former Prime Ministers Tony Blair, and John Major, as well as Michael Heseltine, warning: “If the voters take their collective advice, we will wake up on Friday to yet another parliament with no one decisively in charge.” Setting out three versions of a hung Parliament which would lead to such an outcome, he said: “Version One is where the Conservatives are just short of a majority. “It would leave us with a government that is alive but wounded, fending off each drama and deadline as best it could.
“Version Two is a Commons in which Labour and the Scottish nationalists can assemble a majority if combined.
“Such a choice would not settle the Brexit debate but could easily lead to a genuine crisis of democracy, with widespread disaffection from the whole process. Version Two is so catastrophic for the country, its only merit is that it makes Version One look good.”
Version Three involved the Liberal Democrats holding the balance of power – but Mr Hague was dubious about whether Jo Swinson would be able to work with either of the main party leaders, given her comments on the campaign trail.
He added: “So, unlike nine years ago, this version of a hung parliament absolutely does not lead to a stable government based on compromise.”
Speaking to Express.co.uk last month, Bob Stewart – currently seeking re-election as MP for Beckenham – was more blunt, saying: “If there’s a hung Parliament we’re f****d.”
Boris Johnson could face trouble if he fails to win a majority, says William Hague
Piers Morgan left Shadow Health Secretary Jon Ashworth extremely embarrassed on today’s edition of Good Morning Britain as he grilled him on whether the MP would consider putting his name in the hat for the Labour leader position if Jeremy Corbyn were to stand down if he were to lose the upcoming General Election.
Piers Morgan, 54, and his Good Morning Britain co-host Susanna Reid, 48, were joined by Jon Ashworth, 41, ahead of the polls opening on Thursday morning for the British public to vote on which party they want to lead the government for the next five years.
Although Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, 70, has refused to say if he will remain in his position whatever the result of the General Election, the straight-talking host grilled his guest about whether he would consider replacing the current leader.
Labour’s Leave strongholds
Brexiteer Richard said he was “sickened” by Remainers attempting to “dictate” who to vote for in the election in a furious phone call on talkRADIO.
The furious Brexiteer argued he was “sickened” by Remainer adverts on television demanding the public “keep Boris Johnson out”.
While speaking to talkRADIO’s Mike Graham, the enraged caller insisted he did not see the point of a hung Parliament and it was important the UK leaves the EU now.
The caller, introduced as Richard, said: “I just turned the TV on and there in front of me is someone from Rolland Rudd’s People’s Vote campaign.
8.11am update: Buckland concerned by “shouting and gesticulating”
Asked about an inaccurate Tory media briefing about a punch, he said: “I don’t know who briefed what to whom and I have seen the footage.
“What I saw was a very confusing scene of public disorder.
“People who had clearly organised themselves to come along, create trouble and mischief, the sort of disorderly conduct I’m afraid from the left that we’ve seen in this campaign. I
“It’s not a way to conduct civilised politics, people were shouting and gesticulating towards Matt Hancock and his team.”
Robert Buckland with health secretary Matt Hancock
8.10am update: “What happens was not acceptable”
Mr Buckland said: “What we have is a very targeted and structured programme that’s been agreed with NHS England to make important investments in places like Leeds.”
Defending Mr Johnson over pocketing a reporter’s phone when asked about the treatment of Jack Williment-Barr and shown a photograph of him, Mr Buckland told Today: “There will come moments where you’re suddenly sprung with something and it’s difficult to know exactly what is happening.”
He added: “He did talk about it and he did express sorrow and regret for what he saw and an apology and of course the Health Secretary went to Leeds as well, spoke to the family and apologised and I think that apology is a very important part of all of this, an understanding and a recognition that what happened to this young lad was not acceptable.”
8.06am update: “Don’t turn fluid situation into a political football,” says Buckland after hospital picture
The General Election “should be fought upon the high ground and the big issues”, Justice Secretary Robert Buckland has said, after Boris Johnson came under fire for his apparent lack of empathy for a four-year-old boy left sleeping on a hospital floor.
Mr Buckland told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “That particular story yesterday was one of those occasions where I think everybody was dealing with a very fluid situation.
“I note that the family of the young lad concerned want their privacy to be maintained, they don’t want the issue to be used as some sort of political football and I think we need to respect that and remember that this a General Election fought upon – should be fought upon the high ground and the big issues, rather than ending up in a sort of argument about who said what to whom.”
Asked about A&E waiting times, he added: “I think to glibly say that we have failed actually is rather insulting to all the hard-working people in our NHS who work day and night in A&E and other departments to provide a first-class service, the truth is that demand in the NHS continues to grow.”
Lib Dem leader Jo Swinson sparked fury for a controversial post on her party’s education policy ahead of this week’s general election.
Ms Swinson laid out her plans for changes the Lib Dems would make should they make it into power on December 13.
But the party were reminded of their record on education following their rise to Government in coalition with the Conservatives in 2010.
Ms Swinson was among Lib Dems who had initially backed scrapping tuition fees for students.
A Labour Government would fritter away billions of pounds of taxpayers money to create scores of pointless cash-guzzling quangos, new analysis revealed last night. Jeremy Corbyn’s radical socialist vision for Britain includes the creation of more than 100 new semi-public bodies, costing an eye-watering £13.2 billion over the next five years.
This will cost every taxpayer in the country £425.
Tory analysis shows that pledges in Labour’s 2019 manifesto alone commit to the creation of at least 108 new quangos.
Their running costs will be a minimum of £1.86 billion per year – adding up to £9.32 billion between 2020 and 2025.
7.55am update: Pound soars on hopes of Tory victory
Expectations of a Conservative Party victory in Thursday’s UK election have sent the pound rocketing – but some investors are hedging themselves against a surprise outcome that could deal the currency a mighty blow.
Since early November, sterling has rallied two percent against the dollar, hitting a seven-month high of $1.3180, while against the euro it reached a 2-1/2-year high of 83.94 pence, up 2.7 percent in the past month.
Opinion polls put Tories on course for a parliamentary majority, enabling Brexit to go ahead by the end of January, 3-1/2 years after the referendum on whether Britain should leave the European Union.
But options show there is still some nervousness running through the market.
Theresa May’s adviser pinpoints why Labour have ‘hidden Diane Abbott from the cameras’
Theresa May’S former adviser has revealed why the Labour Party have “hidden Diane Abbott from the cameras” just before this week’s general election.
Nick Timothy has blasted the Shadow Home Secretary for making “no sense at all when she speaks”.
He added a Labour government run by Jeremy Corbyn after this Thursday’s poll would be a “real danger”.
Writing in the Daily Telegraph, Mr Timothy said: “They have shut up and locked away senior shadow ministers, like Keir Starmer and Emily Thornberry, because they will truthfully tell the country of their intentions to stop Brexit.
BBC’s Question Time descended into chaos as Nigel Farage and Jo Swinson engaged in a furious shouting match over Brexit and the referendum campaign.
Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage and Liberal Democrat leader Jo Swinson broke into a furious row over Brexit on BBC’s Question Time.
Ms Swinson attempted to argue that no form of Brexit would be good for the economy and protect jobs before Mr Farage interrupted.
The Brexit Party leader hit back arguing that what the politicians believe is irrelevant because the country had voted.