– The Chancellor, George Osborne speaking to BBC's Andrew Marr show
Nadine Dorries for last seven years has not agreed with anything either myself, David Cameron or most Conservatives have done. She has objected to the modernisation of the Conservative Party and that is her business. We have to stay focused on what really matters, and they are not House of Lords reform, not gay marriage. They are the economy, the education system, the welfare system and the police.
David Cameron has admitted he needs to "prove" himself to voters and insisted he understands the message from the local elections "loud and clear".