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Open war in Tory party leaves 'dictator' PM fighting for his political life. watch

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    David Cameron and George Osborne face the biggest challenge to their authority in six years of power as the Conservative Party descended into civil war over the resignation of Iain Duncan Smith.

    The former Work and Pensions Secretary launched an attack on the Government’s record on Sunday, claiming the Prime Minister and the Chancellor risked “dividing society” with their approach to public spending cuts.

    In his first interview since resigning, he accused opponents of a deliberate attempt to “besmirch” him as his former colleague, the pensions minister Baroness Altmann, claimed his decision to resign had been “all about Europe” and that he was condemning policies he had “pushed through” when in office.

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    Having kept a close eye on events all weekend i don't think that Cameron is really damaged from this, the blow has so far being struck against Osbourne.

    This will pass without any significant damage.

    I think IDS's behaviour is bizarre. These cuts were agreed by him before the budget and were not part of it. Then he resigns after the budget.

    For my own part, I am delighted that the Conservative party appears to be in civil war; but I cannot help but think that IDS has behaved appallingly, whatever his motivation. If he were a man of principle,as he says, he would have resigned before the budget to minimise the damage. The job of former leaders of any party while still in active politics is to shut up on leadership matters. The fact that Cameron gave him a post he particularly asked for must seem like a slap in the face.

    I really didn't have much respect for IDS before this - if I were a Conservative I'd be livid with him now.


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