Clegg: 'Coalition contract broken'

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg today accused the Tories of breaking the coalition agreement by not proceeding with House of Lords reform and said his party would be withdrawing support for constituency boundary changes in return.

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Chancellor 'focused on economy' amid cracks in the coalition

Chancellor George Osborne said the Government would "cross any issues with the boundary vote when we get to them": He said:

"We have not been able to proceed on Lords reform, frankly, because there is opposition in Parliament and the opportunism of the Labour Party would not allow the time for the House of Lords Bill.

I think we have got to use this moment as an opportunity to focus 110% on the economy - which is what the country wants."

Chancellor, George Osborne Credit: Press Association


Lord Rennard: Clegg acted to 'redress the balance'

Former Liberal Democrat chief executive Lord Rennard said Nick Clegg has acted "swiftly and decisively, even ruthlessly" to "redress the balance" within the coalition government.


Sadiq Khan: Clegg decision a 'humiliation' for govt

Shadow Justice Secretary Sadiq Khan called Nick Clegg's announcement on House of Lords reform and parliamentary boundaries a "humiliation" for the government and a "spectacular failure" of leadership from the prime minister.

David Cameron's weakness in not being able to control his own party and deliver on the coalition agreement shows a prime minister lacking the leadership our country deserves. Nick Clegg seems to be the only man in the country who doesn't understand that.

Although it is not our number one priority, Labour remains fully committed to Lords reform.

As we warned continually, the real obstacle to Lords reform are the Tories. They have never been serious about reform, despite this being in their manifesto. That's why it is outrageous of Nick Clegg to blame Labour.

– Sadiq Khan MP

Lib Dem MP backs Clegg on Lords reform

Jeremy Hunt: Clegg's decision 'disappointing'

Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt described Nick Clegg's decision on House of Lords reform as "disappointing," but said it would not change the coalition parties' commitment to work together.

The really important thing about this coalition is that we came together to sort out the economic mess that we inherited from Labour.

There isn't a cigarette paper between us on that. That is what we are focused on getting the gold medal for. Nothing is going to change that focus.

– Jeremy Hunt on the coalition
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