Clegg dismisses coalition split

Nick Clegg will insist that he and David Cameron are both "absolutely committed" to governing in coalition through to 2015 as he attempts to calm speculation over the future of the power-sharing deal.

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PM: 'Absolutely my intention' to continue coalition

David Cameron said it was "absolutely" his intention to keep the coalition together until the 2015 general election.

David Cameron and Nick Clegg. Credit: Alastair Grant/PA Wire

The Prime Minister told BBC Radio 4's Today programme there are some big and bold reforms ahead and dismissed suggestions the government was running out of steam.

On working with Nick Clegg until the next general election, he said: "That is absolutely my intention and has always been. This is a Government that has an enormous programme of work."

"To anyone who doubts the life there is left in the coalition, I would argue there is more to come. Very bold reforming and strong government, and that is what we will be right up till polling day," he added.

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'Creative coverage' on Cameron's coalition comments

Nick Clegg is expected to criticise the "rather creative coverage" of David Cameron's weekend comments on the coalition.

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg. Credit: Matt Dunham/PA Wire

The Prime Minister told Total Politics magazine that the coalition was the best way to get things done but "if that wasn't the case then we'd have to face the new circumstances in whatever way we should."

The Deputy Prime Minister will say: "He echoed exactly what both of us have always believed: this coalition has been remarkably radical; it still has work to do; and the best way for us to serve and improve Britain is by finishing what we started.

"I am absolutely committed to this coalition lasting until 2015 - as is the Prime Minister."

Claims that it was in either or both parties' interests to "prematurely pull the plug" were wrong, he will suggest.

Clegg and Cameron 'absolutely committed' to coalition

Nick Clegg will attempt to calm speculation over the coalition's future by saying that he and David Cameron are both "absolutely committed" to governing through to 2015.

Prime Minister David Cameron and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg (left). Credit: Toby Melville/PA Wire

The Deputy Prime Minister will say that Tory backbenchers are "consumed by game playing" after a week dominated by revolts over Europe and gay marriage.

He will however dismiss talks of a an early break-up between the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats, during a speech in Westminster.

Speculation over the coalition's future was fuelled this weekend when the Prime Minister raised in an interview the prospect of governing alone.

Mr Cameron told Total Politics magazine that despite some "frustrations", the coalition remained the best way to get things done.

"But if that wasn't the case then we'd have to face the new circumstances in whatever way we should,' he added.

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