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Cable should be sacked, say Tories.

DAVID CAMERON faced anger from Tory MPs for failing to sack Business Secretary Vince Cable and "propping up" the Liberal Democrats in the Government.

The Prime Minister faced questions about why Mr Cable, the second most senior Lib Dem minister, had survived despite his hugely embarrassing comments to undercover reporters.

Mr Cable was humiliatingly stripped of his responsibilities for the media after he claimed to have "declared war" on Rupert Murdoch's media empire.

Senior Tory MP Christopher Chope, the secretary of the influential backbench 1922 Committee, said Mr Cable should have been sacked for his comments.

"When we get into the new year, the Prime Minister will have to assess whether propping up the Liberal Democrats is in the long-term best interests of the Conservative Party and the country," he told the BBC.

"Sometimes it can be more damaging to hang on to somebody, because it's a sign of weakness, rather than take the robust line and say the man's got to go."

Sir Christopher accused Lib Dem ministers of "having it both ways".

Scottish Secretary Michael Moore, Business Minister Ed Davey and Pensions Minister Steve Webb were caught on tape by undercover reporters from the Daily Telegraph speaking out against a range of Government positions.

Labour leader Ed Miliband said their comments had exposed the "sham" of coalition politics, with Lib Dem ministers saying one thing in public and something very different in private.

He said that it was clear that "the cracks are starting to widen" in the coalition ranks.
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Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Date:Dec 23, 2010
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