Coalition leaders David Cameron and Nick Clegg to renew ‘marriage vows’ on deficit
David Cameron and Nick Clegg will today reaffirm their commitment to tackling Britain's record deficit and rebuilding the shattered economy in the face of continuing turmoil in Europe.
Amid heightened tensions within the coalition following last week's drubbing in the local elections, the Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Minister will declare their determination to work together and do “whatever needs doing to succeed”.
The so-called renewal of their “marriage vows” marks the start of a crucial week for the Government, with the announcement tomorrow in the Queen's Speech of the legislative programme for the new parliamentary session.
That will be followed by the appearance at the Leveson Inquiry on Thursday of former No 10 communications chief Andy Coulson, followed on Friday by ex-News International chief executive Rebekah Brooks, which, once again, threatens to throw an unwelcome spotlight on the Tories' relations with Rupert Murdoch.
Meanwhile, recriminations within the coalition spilled over with Liberal Democrat deputy leader Simon Hughes accusing Tory MPs of behaving as if they were “born to rule”.
Some Conservative MPs, meanwhile, have been setting out their agenda for an “alternative Queen's Speech” — including traditionalist Tory demands for a referendum on repatriating powers from Brussels and an expansion of grammar schools.
“This Government is determined to do whatever needs doing to succeed,” Mr Cameron will say.