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Strathclyde admits Coalition 'irritation'

Strathclyde admits Coalition 'irritation'
Lord Strathclyde has spoken of his “irritation” at Coalition relations in the House of Lords, but claimed the partnership on the whole had been “remarkably stable”.

Speaking to Channel 4 News, the outgoing Leader of the Lords said he had enjoyed the “extraordinary experience” of working with the Lib Dems.

However he admitted that "at times" over the past two years he had considered Coalition relations to be broken.

The peer also hit out at Lib Dems over their opposition to boundary reforms, saying he “very much regrets” the decision.

“What is generally recognised is that there is an unfairness built in to the current system of parliamentary seat distribution, which makes it more difficult for the Conservative party to have a majority,” he said.

“Now obviously the Labour party have grabbed on to that opportunistically. I’m very sorry that Lib Dems seem to be making the same decision.”

David Cameron today hailed the outgoing Lords leader, calling him a "brilliant public servant". Speaking at the launch of the Coalition mid-term review, the Prime Minister said: "He’s done a great job… I’m obviously sad to see him go because he’s a brilliant public servant."

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Lord Strathclyde: Coalition has been remarkably stable

07/01/2013 on Channel 4 News