The Liberal Democrats treat the UK's businesses as an "afterthought" and Nick Clegg "cheated" the country out of reforms aimed at cutting the size of the Commons, Conservative Party chairman Grant Shapps has claimed.
In a strongly-worded attack on his coalition colleagues, he accused the Lib Dems of not being "as pro-business as you would want them to be" and claimed they had hindered efforts to create jobs.
Mr Shapps told the Express Online, "Nick Clegg not only cheated his agreement with us, but fundamentally cheated his agreement with the nation by not going through with having fair size constituencies.
As the coalition parties set out their stalls ahead of the 2015 General Election, Mr Shapps also criticised Mr Clegg for "boasting" about Tory initiatives he had blocked while in Government.
Conservative Party chairman Grant Shapps has insisted Ed Miliband's response over the Co-operative Bank row was "ludicrous" and stepped up pressure on Labour over the merger deal with Britannia.
Mr Shapps told the BBC's Sunday Politics there were "conflicting reports" about how much the Labour leadership knew about former Co-op Bank boss Paul Flowers' past, which included him standing down as a Labour councillor after pornography was found on his computer.
He said, "Arguing about what they knew and when, I think there's a much bigger issue here. This morning you have got Ed Miliband saying 'we don't have to answer any of these questions', they are somehow all smears. This is ludicrous".
Labour has denied this, saying Mr Miliband and shadow chancellor Ed Balls did not know the reason why Flowers quit in 2011.
Conservative chairman Grant Shapps has responded to Ed Miliband's claim that only Labour will fight for minimum wage earners amid a "crisis" in the cost of living.
Conservatives back the minimum wage. But if Ed Miliband was really on the side of hardworking people then he would have supported our welfare changes to ensure work always pays and should have voted in favour of halving the amount of income tax someone working full-time on the minimum wage pays.
Ed Miliband's policy is for more borrowing and more debt - the same old Labour policy that got us into a mess in the first place - and would mean higher taxes and higher bills for hardworking people.