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Splits emerge over Tory-Lib Dem deal

By Cathy Newman

Updated on 11 May 2010

With David Cameron beginning his first full day as prime minister, Tory right-wingers and some Liberal Democrats have expressed reservations about the terms of the parties' coalition deal.

Lib Dem opposition (Credit: Reuters)

David Cameron came under fire from the right of the Conservative party over any compromise on the voting system and Europe.

Don Porter, chairman of the Thatcherite group, the Conservative Way Forward said Mr Cameron should have tried to form a minority administration on Friday and that it will now take all the Tory leader's charm to keep the party together and get the rank and file back on side.

Conservative MPs are also disturbed about how they will work with a party they spent the election campaign fighting against.

However the Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg also faces opposition within his own party.

Some party frontbenchers, like its shadow chancellor Vince Cable, used to be Labour party members.

Channel 4 News political correspondent Cathy Newman said: "If their heads told them they had to do the deal, their hearts are breaking tonight."

The Lib Dems last occupied cabinet seats in 1935.

Contrast that with Conservatives - out of government since 1997 - but always confident of regaining power once again.

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