Another coalition for Great Britain?

Just six months remain now until the General Elections 2015 roll around again, and with current opinion polls, we could be set to see some big changes come about for Shrewsbury.

Despite dividing the nation in recent years with talks on cuts, student fees and more, the Conservatives have been tipped as the favourites to come into power once again, with bookmakers offering the best price on the party winning the most seats.

The Tories currently hold the majority of seats in Shropshire Council, having earned 48 seats in the 2009 local elections. But opinion polls are also suggesting that we could be heading for another hung parliament in 2015.

In 2010, voters up and down the nation failed to reach a majority vote under the current first past the post system, resulting in a coalition between the Liberal Democrats and the Conservatives. After five years battling economic instability, referendums and more, experts are now predicting that political apathy could see us heading towards another failure to reach a majority.

Analysts are speculating that the 2015 battle will lie between the Conservatives and Labour, though some have branded Ed Miliband an “unconvincing leader.” Meanwhile, the resounding view amongst others is that the current coalition between Prime Minister David Cameron and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg will be the most likely outcome in the 2015 vote.

This could have a huge impact on Shrewsbury if the Conservatives come into power once again. At present, with the current cuts affecting all sectors, there are fears that The Royal Shrewsbury Hospital and Telford Hospital could potentially lose their accident and emergency departments.

However, from a more positive standpoint, North Shropshire MP Owen Paterson has launched a think tank to focus on environmental issues which are affecting both the Shropshire area and wider Great Britain. The former Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs is chairing the UK 2020 group, which is calling for a more sensible debate on the controversial issue of climate change.

The United Nations have now declared the issue of global warming as one of the most “severe and pervasive” issues the world has to face today. Chancellor George Osborne has made headlines time and again for wanting to give rural communities such as Shropshire a “bigger voice,” and with the impending results of the General Election 2015, we could just see the region tackling some much bigger issues.

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