Coalition faces pressure from ‘true Tories’

By politics.co.uk staff

Frustrated Conservatives struggling to cope with life in coalition with the Liberal Democrats are to make their voices heard at the party's autumn conference.

The man who lost to David Cameron to be the party's leader, David Davis, is to publish a book by firm right-wingers at the Manchester conference, the Observer reported.

A separate publication, called After The Coaltion, will see five new well-regarded MPs – Elizabeth Truss, Kwasi Kwarteng, Chris Skidmore, Priti Patel and Dominic Raab – attempt to reassert the party's identity.

Many Conservatives are frustrated by the influence the Lib Dems have had on the coalition's policies. Their concerns may also reflect broader dissatisfaction at the government's performance on NHS reforms and the forestry U-turn.

Disquiet extends beyond the parliamentary party. Pressure is growing on chancellor George Osborne to cut taxes in a bid to end Britain's period of stagnant economic growth.

Only nine per cent of Tory activists polled by the Conservativehome blog indicated that they did not want to see tax cuts, the Sunday Telegraph reported.

Forty-four per cent wanted tax cuts as soon as possible, while 23% wanted to see tax cuts immediately.