Sunrise divides on British Steel open up, as Deputy Prime Minister comes out against government policy.

A recent debate in the Commons saw Lib Dem MPs attack the Government takeover of British Steel.

Cabinet divides on the policy set out by now former Chancellor of the Exchequer CDocwra have hit new heights today, with Deputy Prime Minister and Classical Liberal Leader Tommy1Boys coming out against the policy, and hinting at a possible Clib exit from government. 

In a brief chat with a Telegraph journalist, Tommy1Boys said the former Chancellor become unaligned with Classical Liberal policy, and that the proposed “nationalisation” did not command the support of a majority of the party. The DPM said he did not believe it was the right policy, and that while he was open to looking at other options on the table to save jobs, he did not believe putting a “plaster” on the issue was in the national interest. He informed us that he has spoken with the Treasury to facilitate talks with private buyers, and would speak to the Work and Welfare Secretary to ensure communities were ready should job losses become “unavoidable”. 

These comments mark a significant split in the government on this issue, especially with the DPM describing the takeover as a nationalisation, which Labour have been quick to deny. In a separate answer, Tommy appeared to suggest a possible Classical Liberal exit from coalition, saying that the “time had come” for the party to examine its “conscience”. He stated that the national interest must come ahead of his personal and his party’s interests.

These comments present the most definitive and clear-cut case of a public divide in Sunrise, and comes after a tough week in the Commons, where the Government Steel policy was nailed by Liberal Democrat backbenchers. It is unclear what way Sunrise intends to go forward, however it is clear this is a make or break moment for the coalition. 

The Weekend Politics Interview: Model-Mili on their election, leadership and the future of the Conservatives.

The Telegraph is proud to launch the Weekend Politics Interview, the first in a series of weekly interviews with important political figures

This week saw the historic election of Model-Mili to the post of Conservative Party Leader, becoming the first Tory Leader to be elected and not immediately become Prime Minister since InfernoPlato. The new leader sat down with the Telegraph to discuss the direction of the party.

The election was incredibly close, decided by just one vote. Mili disagreed with the assertion that their leadership would be constrained by the seemingly lacking mandate, and said his campaign was focused on internal party operations and its administration.

The topic of Gregfest has been a political hot topic for the past several months, and one which has caused some headaches for the Conservatives. The former Prime Minister eelsemaj admitted that he felt some aspects of it were too radical, and suggested he had given too much to his coalition partners. Mili however struck a more aggressive tone, stating he “did not regret Gregfest or its contents”, and that if he had been PM at the time he would still have proposed it. He also laid out his parties opposition to the recent Representation of the People (Prisoners) bill proposed by the Government, stating his party had “no intention of allowing human traffickers to vote”

Conservative polling has been a tough sight for the party, falling from the 34% to under 27% in the space of a few weeks. Mili acknowledged the drop, however he said his party had been “focused on devo elections” for the past weeks, and that their conclusion would allow the part to get its message out and stop a “disastrous government agenda”. He cited his party’s opposition to “government plans to steal your ability to choose what school your child goes to” and the governments defeat on the “abysmal Trade Union Choice” bill.

On the issue of future coalitions, the new leader was evasive, saying that his personal preference in the event of a government collapse would be to “seek to work with parties that have shared goals and express an interest in working with us to provide stable government and a legislative agenda in the interests of the country”. He left open the idea of the so called Exec Coalition between the Conservatives, Lib Dems and Classical Liberals, however said it was “substantially less likely now than at the beginning of the term”.

Finally, we asked Mili to speak about his predecessor and former Prime Minister Eelsemaj, who Mili had a close professional and personal relationship with. Mili paid tribute to the former PM, saying “Eels was a great Prime Minister, a great Leader and a great friend. He poured his heart and soul into doing what was right for the country during his premiership, and I’m saddened by his departure from Conservative Leadership. I hope he remains active in british politics, and I can’t thank him enough for the work he has done for both the party and the country.”

Next week on the Weekend Politics Interview, we speak to Justice Secretary Vitiating about the Prisoners Vote Bill, the abolition of the Queens Counsel and the inner workings of Sunrise