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What if we have a hung parliament?

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Whitehall is aflutter at the prospect of a hung parliament. Cabinet Secretary Gus O'Donnell has begun work on a manual setting out the rules for keeping the country running while a coalition deal is thrashed out.

Mr O'Donnell is set to embark on a fact-finding mission to New Zealand where hung parliaments have been the norm since 1996.

Correspondent Ben Wright looks back on previous hung parliaments.

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