The Deputy Prime Minister has hinted that the next general election could see two South Yorkshire MPs leading the country.
Sheffield Hallam MP and Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg openly discussed the prospect of his party forming an alliance with Labour in 2015.
He told Radio 4 he believed Labour’s attitude to power was different to four years ago, when the Lib Dems formed a coalition with the Conservatives.
But he warned any Lib-Lab coalition would have to take a more responsible line on public spending.
He said: “I think they’ve changed.
“I think there’s nothing like the prospect of reality in an election to get politicians to think again and the Labour Party, which is a party unused to sharing power with others, is realising that it might have to.
“There is just no doubt in my mind that if there were a Labour-Liberal Democrat coalition, we the Liberal Democrats would absolutely insist that government would not break the bank.”
His comments are expected to anger Tory partners, whom he criticised for returning to ‘familiar theme tunes’ since coming to power. Labour leader and Doncaster North MP Ed Miliband has refused to discuss the prospect of a coalition with the Lib Dems.