Top Tory admits Govt 'broken'

David Cameron and Nick Clegg insisted the Coalition is "united" until 2015 as they mark the halfway point in their Government. But Tory peer Lord Strathclyde, who quit as Lords leader today, admitted he had complained the partnership was "broken."

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Former Tory Lords Leader admits saying Coalition was 'broken'

Lord Strathclyde has resigned from the Cabinet and will be replaced as Leader of the House of Lords by Lord Hill of Oareford. Credit: PA Wire

Lord Strathclyde, who today resigned as Leader of the House of Lords, admitted that frustration at Liberal Democrat rebellions in the second chamber had at times led him to complain the coalition was "broken", in an interview with Channel 4 News.

But he insisted that overall the power-sharing deal had been a great success and said the timing of his departure was "completely unconnected" to the launch of the mid-term review.

Lord Strathclyde told Channel 4 News: "I'm sure that at times of irritation over the course of the last 18 months, I might well have said that.

"But in fact the coalition is remarkably stable and we saw today between David Cameron and Nick Clegg a very strong personal chemistry and a real desire to make this coalition continue and work successfully right until the next general election.

"It is a good relationship because we understand the needs of the country and we are going to deliver on it."


PM 'in favour' of televised election debates

The Prime Minister said he would support the continuation of televised general election debates between the party leaders, introduced in 2010 for the first time.

He said: "On TV debates, I'm in favour of them, I think they are good and I think we should go on having them, and I will play my part in trying to make that happen."

Mr Cameron has previously indicated that he might want changes in the precise format for the debates. Today he said he did not feel that they had affected the result in 2010.

He said: "I think actually from memory the polls going into the start of the last election were pretty similar to the polls coming out of the last election, so I suspect the result would have been pretty much the same anyway."

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