Cracks in the Coalition as MPs call for the end
Number 10 is preparing for war as the coalition uneasily heads towards another general election.
Conservative MPs are urging David Cameron to split from the Liberal Democrats and govern in a minority administration. The news comes as both Nick Clegg and Danny Alexander have been distancing the work, policies and influence of the Liberal Democrats from that of the Tories.
An unnamed senior Conservative told the Daily Telegraph: “There is a very wide frustration – most colleagues would agree that it would be much better to have an election this year rather than waiting til next.
“They could either formally end the Coalition and move to a confidence and supply arrangement that many of us would have liked to see at the outset, or they could formally set out some ground rules for the way the two parties will conduct themselves between now and the election.”
Senior Lib Democrat minister Don Foster, speaking on the BBC’s Daily Politics, said the Lib Dems were going to “stick to the task right up until polling day” and said it “would be a crazy idea to separate now.”
Nadine Dorries told London Live she did not think the Conservatives would win the general election in May 2015 and that Britain would have another coalition government.
Tory peer: poor people can’t cook
Conservative peer Baroness Jenkin of Kennington invited criticism yesterday after somewhat misspeaking while launching a major report which shows four million people are going hungry in Britain.
The Baroness said: "We have lost our cooking skills. Poor people don't know how to cook."
The report, Feeding Britain, found many families struggling to pay rent or gas and electric bills are forced to go without food, or have to rely on food banks. The report called for the government to co-ordinate the work of food banks and other charities.
Jenkin later sought to clarify her remarks, telling Radio 4: "I am well aware that I made a mistake in saying it and apologise to anybody who's been offended by it.
"The point is valid. If people today had the cooking skills that previous generations had, none of us would be eating so much pre-prepared food."
The point the Baroness was making is that pre-prepared food can cost much more than home-prepared food. The MailOnline reported she said: "I had a large bowl of porridge today, which cost 4p. A large bowl of sugary cereals will cost you 25p."
The Baroness has long been involved in charity work and was part of the team who launched the Food Bank report. Bobby says it is very unlikely she meant any ill by the remark and is simply a case of a poor choice of words.
Stadium goes crazy for "royal" meet at Brooklyn Nets game
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge met with Beyoncé and Jay-Z at a Brooklyn Nets game in New York last night.
The two couples sat courtside opposite each other for the basketball match between the Brooklyn Nets and Cleveland Cavaliers. Beyonce and Jay-Z walked over to meet Will and Kate between the third and forth quarters of the game.
However, it wasn’t just “Queen” Bey rivalling the Royals for their titles: Cleveland Cavaliers player LeBron “King” James was also in attendance.