'Fundamental disagreement' over boundary reform
David Cameron has said there are "fundamental disagreements" between himself and Nick Clegg over the Coalition's deal on constitutional reform.
Earlier this week the Deputy Prime Minister said his party would vote against Government proposals for boundary changes, after plans for House of Lords reform were dropped in the face of opposition from the Tory backbenches.
Speaking on LBC radio, the Prime Minister said that there was "a fundamental disagreement" over whether the two elements of reform were linked.
"I profoundly believe the link was between the AV referendum that we promised to deliver and the boundary changes that I think are right because you should have equal sized seats across the country," he said.
Mr Cameron admitted there were "arguments and disagreements" between the pair, but insisted they would not get in the way of them working together to get the economy back on track.
"We are leaders of two different parties - we often don't agree - we can't hide that," he said.
The Prime Minister insisted he would push ahead with the plans for boundary changes, claiming equal sized constituencies were "fair".
"It's not exactly some radical, novel idea that equal sized seats are fair. That vote will come forward in the House of Commons and every MP is going to have to ask themselves why are they voting against equal sized seats and a smaller House of Commons?" he said.
Tory backbencher Conor Burns, who resigned as PPS to vote against the Lords reform bill at second reading, attacked the Lib Dem leader for saying his party would not vote for boundary changes.
He told the Coffee House blog: "As someone who resigned from the government in order to vote against something that the government was proposing, and who watched a colleague being sacked by the Prime Minister for doing the same thing, it now sticks in the throat to listen to the Deputy Prime Minister saying that he will instruct his colleagues to vote against a government policy and that there will be no disciplinary action taken against government ministers who vote against the government in which they serve."