Cameron in Downing Street for sake of it, says Mellor

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FORMER TORY MP David Mellor slammed Prime minister David Cameron on radio LBC today as someone who was just in Downing Street to be there – not someone who wanted to change the country.


Mellor, a hard right-winger, now a radio broadcaster, made the comments alongside London’s would-be former Mayor Ken Livingstone, who is campaigning to kick Tory Mayor Boris Johnson out of City Hall.


Mellor also said that although Britain’s first-ever woman Prime minister Margaret Thatcher used to be “an intolerable old bat,” she at least entered Downing Street in the 70s with a clear vision for where the country should go, rather than entering just for the sake of it to be PM.


Livingstone and Mellor were discussing the electoral power of the Tory and Labour Party at the next election 2015, and Mellor claimed that the Tory Party was, at this point in time, not a “real” Tory Party under David Cameron – because they were pandering too much to the Liberal Democrats.


He said it was time that David Cameron stood up to Nick Clegg and said that if there was an election tomorrow, the Liberals would be wiped out – so the Tories should just get on with leading, without pandering to the Lib Dems all the time.


He backed up the point with reference to the controversial Human Rights legislation, which was drafted by Labour and came into force in 1998.


At the Liberal Democrat conference, Nick Clegg gave a stark warning to the Tory Party: “We will always protect Human Rights. It’s here to stay.”


But some in the Tory Party want the HRA scrapped.


People calling into the show also said the coalition PM should “grow some balls” when it comes to handling the Lib Dems.


It comes as the Tories take to their annual rally in Manchester starting this weekend.


Rumours are swirling about the extreme right of the Party being quietly disgruntled with the Cameron Downing Street machine, and the way he has his hands tied with Nick Clegg, almost like a puppet to the Liberals.


Tory backbenchers like Nick Boles, have always been staunchly opposed to the coalition, and believe it should be split immediately.


At the Liberal Democrat conference, Party president Tim Farron said that a “divorce was inevitable,” some time in the future between the Liberals and Tories.


But Nick Clegg tried to quell any potential Liberal split over the coalition and its future.


Livingstone on his flagship radio show also said that Labour’s Ed Miliband had set out his vision well at their Party conference last week in Liverpool.


He said Miliband had the potential to batter the Tories at the next election – if he does the opposite of Cameron, and goes into the next election with a Mrs Thatcher like clear vision of where the country needs to go.



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