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What is confidence and supply?

After the general election, these currently unusual deals could become normal practice

By Roxana Legezynska  

The power structure of the Commons could become significantly more complex come May. © PA/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Why are we talking about confidence and supply?

According to all major forecasters, neither the Conservatives nor Labour will win an outright majority in May’s general election. Even the addition of the—likely much reduced—Lib Dem contingent of MPs probably won’t be enough to avoid a hung parliament. Between the extremes of coalition (too inflexible) and…

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