An orgy of plots and failed coups

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The Lib Dems are tearing themselves apart again in an orgy of plots, failed coups and near-wipe-out at the Euro polls.

It could not happen to a better bunch of people.

They are ruthless in dumping leaders, as they did with Charles Kennedy and Sir Menzies Campbell, and in coalition with the Tories, they are shameless in dumping election promises, as they did with student fees, welfare and tax.

However, the European elections in which UKIP slaughtered them and undermined the Tories also provided a wake-up call for Labour.

I am among a growing band of Labour MPs urging Ed Miliband to commit to an in-out referendum on membership of the European Union, and I voted for one during Gordon Brown’s administration.

My view is that if people want it – as the polls showed they clearly do – we should deliver it.

If the total vote of the definite Pro-Referendum parties are combined (that includes UKIP, Conservative, Green, and BNP) it comes to 60.43 per cent of the votes. The Lib Dems and Labour, who currently share a similar position concerning a referendum, equates to 32.27 per cent.

The British people have clearly voted for parties offering an in/out referendum.

To enter the 2015 general election without committing to a referendum would leave Labour dangerously exposed to political rivals.