Caroline Lucas and the progressive alliance that never was

Green MP was up for it -- though she never got the call.

We also bumped into Caroline Lucas, the sole Green MP elected on 6 May.

Asked if she had wanted the "progressive alliance" that never was to succeed, she confirmed that she did, preferably on a case-by-case basis, but she would have offered full support if necessary.

Oddly, however, she says: "I never got the call." Gordon Brown is said now to regret going to Scotland in those crucial days of coalition negotiations. It appears there is more that could have been done to create the momentum for a reunification of the Labour and Liberal movements.

James Macintyre is political correspondent for the New Statesman.
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The Deep Dive podcast: Mandates and Manifestos

The New Statesman's Deep Dive podcast.

Ian Leslie and Stewart Wood return for another episode of the Deep Dive. This time they're plunging into the murky world of election promises with Catherine Haddon, resident historian at the Institute of Government. Together they explore what an electoral mandate means, what a manifesto is for, and why we can't sue the government when they fail to keep their promises.

Plus: Rant or Rave? Find out which podcasts have had our hosts on tenterhooks.

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