Carwyn Jones has become the most senior elected Labour politician in the UK to openly accept the likelihood that his party will not win an overall majority.
Speaking to WalesOnline, the First Minister said that: “we just don’t know what is going to happen. Nobody will know until May 7 what the numbers will look like… Whatever happens after May 7 if no one has a majority there has to be discussions between different parties. Until we see what those numbers are, nobody knows.”
There have been 176 polls this year and 174 of them predicted a hung parliament. Despite widespread recognition that no one party will win an overall majority, both Labour and the Tories have so far refused to accept this analysis.
Kirsty Williams AM, Leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrats, said:
“The First Minister is clearly not confident that Labour can win a majority - and he's right. One thing is certain in this election: no party is going to win a majority, and that includes Labour.
“There have been 176 polls this year. 174 of them predict a hung parliament.
“The only way for voters to ensure Britain doesn't get a left wing Labour Government propped by the SNP or a right wing Tory government propped up by Ukip and the DUP is to vote Liberal Democrat. We will keep Britain in the centre ground. We will add a heart to a Conservative government and we will add a brain to a Labour one.
“We won’t allow the Conservatives to cut too much and jeopardise our schools and hospitals, and we won’t allow Labour to borrow too much and risk our economy again.”