Former Liberal Democrat cabinet minister Sir Ed Davey has ruled out a coalition with both Labour and the Conservative Party if he becomes the new party leader.
He is the first MP to officially put his name forward, following Vince Cable annoucning a date for his resignation last week.
Sir Ed told talkRADIO’s Julia Hartley-Brewer “under their current policy positions” a coalition with either the Tories or Labour was “impossible”.
“The conservatives are extremely right-wing; they are very hard Brexit there’s no way we could do a deal with the Conservatives.”
He added: “equally Jeremy Corbyn I don’t trust him on Brexit, I don’t trust him on the economy.”
The Liberal Democrats are feeling buoyed by strong results in the European elections.
The party won 16 seats, more than Labour and the Conservatives combined.
Sir Ed was confident the results were not merely a sign of discontent from traditional Labour and Tory voters.
“We found on the doorstep a lot of Conservatives who backed the Liberal Democrats are actually lifelong Conservatives.”
“They said we voted Tory all our life but they’re so hopeless we’ll never vote for them again,” he said.
“A lot of Labour supporters are absolutely fed up to the back teeth. They feel really let down with Labour.”
Sir Ed is likely to face off against the party’s deputy leader Jo Swinson, who is predicted to kick-off her campaign later this week.
“Jo and I all agree that we need to stop Brexit.”
He added: “We need to be strong on building on the success that’s brought the Liberal Democrats back in the game and made us the strongest Remain party.”
Mr Cable steps down on July 23 after nearly two years in the leader’s chair.