Senior Tory MP: 'Lords reform could split coalition'

Edward Leigh MP for Gainsborough says Lords reform could 'split coalition' Credit: Andrew Parsons/PA

A senior Tory MP today said the Lords reform row could split the coalition, paving the way for a Conservative government to scrap European human rights laws. Mr Leigh told MPs:

"Given that it is our Liberal friends who are blocking this: why don't we all vote against House of Lords reform tomorrow and then we will end the sad life of this coalition, we can have a General Election, a Conservative government and we can repeal this hopeless Act?"

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PM: One last try on Lords reform

David Cameron has told Conservative MPs there will be "one more try" on Lords reform. Ed Miliband had earlier accused him of losing control of his party after a large number of Tories rebelled on a vote on the issue.