THE MPs for both North Devon and Torridge and West Devon believe the coalition government will last until the next General Election despite suggestions the coalition could collapse beforehand.
Liberal Democrat MP Vince Cable, the Business Secretary of State, claimed yesterday at the Liberal Democrat conference in Glasgow the power sharing government between the Conservative and Liberal Democrat parties would collapse.
The coalition was formed after the General Election in 2010 and now three years later Mr Cable doesn’t believe it will last much longer.
But Conservative MP for Torridge and West Devon Geoffrey Cox and Liberal Democrat MP for North Devon Nick Harvey have quashed Mr Cable’s claims.
Mr Cox said: “On election day in 2010 I called for a coalition with the Liberal Democrats because it seemed to me that it was the only method of giving stable government to the country at a time of economic crisis.
“I believe that the Coalition, the first for seventy years, has worked well and its achievements in restoring our public finances to health and putting in place the conditions for the economic recovery we are now seeing have justified its existence.
“While David Cameron and Nick Clegg have shown real leadership in this vital task, it is essential that these achievements are not put at risk by the long held desire of the left wing of the Liberal Democrat Party for an alliance with Ed Balls and Ed Milliband whom people rightly do not trust with the stewardship of the economy.”
Mr Harvey added: “It's a ridiculous suggestion that the Coalition Government should split early, and unless some unforseen crisis rocks the Coalition I see no chance of it breaking up prior to the next election.
“A tactical bust-up six months before an election is completely nonsensical: there's no way we could ask the public to press the reset button and forget about the preceding four and a half years.
“We're in for the long haul and we'll see it through to the finish.”