5 Days in May by Andrew Adonis
The Coalition and Beyond

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Cool anger drives Andrew Adonis's first-hand account of how Labour tried to stop the Liberal Democrats handing Britain over to a reactionary and incompetent Conservative administration.
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When the May 2010 general election produced a hung parliament, Andrew Adonis and other senior Labour figures sat down for talks with the Liberal Democrat leadership to try to persuade them to govern Britain together in a Lib-Lab coalition. The talks ultimately resulted in failure for Labour, amid recriminations on both sides. Despite calls for him to give his own account of this historic sequence of events, Adonis has until now kept his counsel. Published to coincide with the third anniversary of the general election that produced the first coalition government since the Second World War, 5 Days in May is a remarkable and important insider account of the dramatic negotiations that led to its formation. It also offers the author's views on what the future holds as the run-up to the next election begins. 5 Days in May presents a unique eyewitness account of a pivotal moment in political history.
 

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Published May 6, 2013 by Biteback Publishing. 208 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, Travel. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by David Edgar on Jun 14 2013

For Adonis, many of the elements of this narrative are flawed, and some are based on deliberate untruths. The arithmetic of a progressive Lab/Lib coalition was by no means impossible...

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Reviewed by Nick Cohen on May 11 2013

Cool anger drives Andrew Adonis's first-hand account of how Labour tried to stop the Liberal Democrats handing Britain over to a reactionary and incompetent Conservative administration.

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