10:41 am, Sun 03 Mar 2013
Shadow Justice Secretary Sadiq Khan has accused senior government figures of 'lurching to the right’.
Justice Secretary Chris Grayling has raised the possibility of the
, while Home Secretary Theresa May is reportedly Human Rights Act being scrapped . set to pull Britain out of the European Convention on Human Rights
You’ve got a government at sixes and sevens.
David Cameron, the Prime Minister, has said in today’s newspapers that he will not lurch to the right yet two very senior members of his Cabinet are doing just that.
– Sadiq Khan, speaking on Sky News' Sunday Live with Murnaghan
8:51 am, Sun 03 Mar 2013
There is little support for a senior figure in the Conservative Party to take over from David Cameron, according to new research, despite renewed pressure on the Prime Minister.
Cameron has come under fire following the Conservative Party’s poor showing in the Eastleigh by-election.
found that only William Hague becoming leader would make respondents more likely to vote Conservative – and only by a small margin. But a YouGov poll for the Sunday Times
George Osborne, Theresa May and Michael Gove would make voters less likely to vote Conservative if they led the party, according to the research.
7:30 am, Sun 03 Mar 2013
The Labour Party has accused Prime Minister David Cameron of “caving in” to the demands of right wing Conservative MPs following the Eastleigh by-election.
The attack comes as Justice Secretary Chris Grayling
raised the possibility of the Human Rights Act being scrapped under a future majority Conservative government.
It's clear David Cameron's response to his disastrous result in Eastleigh is a big lurch to the right.
He is a weak Prime Minister who is caving in to the demands of the right wing MPs in his party.
– Labour spokesman
7:21 am, Sun 03 Mar 2013
in the aftermath of the Eastleigh by-election, has vowed to pursue policies that “might not earn you popularity points”. in rejecting calls for the Conservative Party to ‘lurch to the right’
The battle for Britain's future will not be won in lurching to the right... it's not about being left wing or right wing - it's about being where the British people are.
In 30 years' time, I want people to be able to look back at this government and see that we paid down our debts, helped create millions of jobs, sorted out welfare, made our schools world-beating and built homes for a generation.
Doing this kind of work might not earn you popularity points in by-elections, but it's what I'm in politics for.
– David Cameron
5:23 am, Sun 03 Mar 2013
Prime Minister David Cameron speaks during Prime Minister's Questions in the House of Common.
Credit: PA/PA Wire/Press Association Images
The Prime Minister said he will not be tempted to 'lurch to the right' but will battle on to keep the Tories on the "common ground" of politics.
David Cameron said he will not "abandon" the government's plan for the country.
He added that the Conservatives are on the side of "hard-working, decent, patriotic people".
He said: “I understand how impatient they are for change... I get it because I am impatient for change, too.
"I know who these people are.
"They are people who feel that Britain, this great country we love, was going downhill for years under Labour and is not being fixed fast enough by the government I lead.”
Mr Cameron wrote an
article in The Sunday Telegraph, in what was his first response to the Eastleigh by-election defeat.
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