Coalition 'relaunched' in Essex

After disastrous results in the local elections David Cameron and Nick Clegg have appeared together to highlight the coalition's achievements during its first two years. Today's speeches have been billed as a "relaunch" of the coalition.

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Laws: "It's important to let both parties breathe"

Former Minister David Laws, who is now Nick Clegg's adviser, told BBC Radio 4 this morning that he thinks it is possible for the two parties to remain coherent and united and still keep their two identities.

You are always going to get in a coalition the people on the extreme edges of the parties, the right of the Conservative Party, the left of the Liberal Democrats, feeling uncomfortable about the process of coalition, the compromises that involves.

I think actually that process of letting each party breathe a bit is also important to giving coalitions the ability to last because if you have iron discipline, (under) which parts of parties cannot express themselves at all, that's not actually a stabilising force.

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Cameron and Clegg on coalition hopes

David Cameron is expected to tell tractor workers in Basildon:

I don't hide from the scale of that challenge - or from the message sent by voters in many places in last weeks elections. I'm listening. I'm leading. I get it.

There are no closed minds, no closed doors in Downing Street.

Nick Clegg is expected to say:

Two years in and building the new economy remains the Coalition's biggest challenge and while the deficit is part of that - it is only a means to an end. This government is galvanised around growth.

Cameron and Clegg to re-launch the coalition

 David Cameron (L) talks to Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg on the steps of 10 Downing Street
David Cameron (L) talks to Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg on the steps of 10 Downing Street Credit: Reuters

After disastrous results in the local elections David Cameron and Nick Clegg will appear together later today to relaunch the coalition. It is two years since the coalition agreement was signed and the two men announced their cooperation in the Rose Garden at Downing street

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