25/07/2014 07:36 BST | Updated 25/07/2014 09:59 BST

Liberal Democrats 'Plotting Second Coalition' With The Tories

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Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron (L) and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg address a press conference at 10 Downing Street in London on July 10, 2014, regarding the Data Retention and Investigation Powers Bill, a proposed legislation to allow the Police and MI5 to probe mobile phone and internet data. AFP PHOTO/POOL/STEFAN ROUSSEAU (Photo credit should read STEFAN ROUSSEAU/AFP/Getty Images)

The Liberal Democrats are reportedly planning to stay in a coalition with the Tories after next year's general election, even if the Labour party wins more seats,

Senior figures insist the party should go into a second coalition with the Tories as they would likely win more votes, even if they get less seats than Labour, warning that they would risk "annihilation" at the ballot box if they jumped straight into bed with Ed Miliband's party.

One Lib Dem minister said voters would see sharing power with Labour as "utterly cynical", according to the Daily Mail.

Another top Lib Dem MP said a Lib-Lab coalition would lack "democratic legitimacy", even though it would be perfectly possibly if they gain more seats than the Tories.

Nick Clegg has himself insisted that he would wait until voters make their decision at the ballot box before deciding who to go into coalition with, however his ministerial colleagues suggest that he would end up allying with Ed Miliband.

Environment secretary Ed Davey recently floated a Lib-Lab coalition in a speech to voters, reported by the Huffington Post UK.

Having given a speech about what the Lib Dems had achieved in the field of environmental policy over the last four years, Davey was asked how he would approach coalition negotiations in 2015.

He said: "If we were negotiating again and I hope we will be, but probably with the Labour Party this time ... that would be my prediction, I think because we are used to coalition politics, we would negotiate even better."