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UK Tories break coalition deal: poll
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A new survey has found that the British public holds the Conservative Party responsible for breaking a coalition agreement within the government.


The YouGov poll showed that a majority of Britons, 51 percent, believe the Tories have broken the coalition deal with the Liberal Democrats, while only 30 percent think they have kept to their side of the deal.

This is while 45 percent of people believe the Lib Dems have been sincere in their vow to uphold the coalition agreement and 32 percent of people think they have not.

The poll was published after one of the biggest rows erupted between the Tories and Lib Dems since they came to power in May 2010.

On Monday, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg confirmed that the House of Lords Reform Bill was to be dropped in the face of unmovable opposition from Tory backbenchers.

In response he said he would order Lib Dem MPs, including ministers, to vote down plans to cut the size of the House of Commons from 650 to 600 seats and re-draw the electoral map.

"I cannot permit a situation where Conservative rebels can pick and choose the parts of the contract they like, while Liberal Democrat MPs are bound to the entire agreement," he said.

However Prime Minister David Cameron has rejected Clegg's suggestion that the Conservatives have broken then contract of coalition, arguing Lords reform was not linked to the boundary review.

The boundary review is seen as almost crucial to allowing the Conservatives to be able to form a majority government at the next election as without it they need a double-digit lead over Labour to win.

The latest poll from YouGov showed Labour leading by 9 percent, with the Conservatives on 33 percent, Labour on 42 percent and the Lib Dems third on 11 percent.

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