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Liberal Democrats divided over George Osborne's budget

In a sign of the times the Liberal Democratic Party has been very reluctant to comment officially on George Osborne's budget although party Vice Chairman Richard Grayson has already suggested the coalition government does not have a mandate to push through the budget cuts detailed by George Osborne. So is this the start of the cracks between the coalition?

While Nick Clegg sat proudly behind George Osborne and to the right of David Cameron there is growing concern amongst Liberal Democrat MPs that the party is being led by a centre-right coalition. Despite the fact that a number of policies announced with the budget are obviously from the Liberal Democrat party it seems that some MPs are still unhappy. Even though the official party line will be support for the coalition government, and George Osborne's budget, it will be interesting to see how this particular story pans out in the days and weeks ahead.

There has been concern for some time amongst both coalition party members that perhaps underlying financial and social policies are too different to see the coalition government last the full five-year target. Are David Cameron and George Osborne stepping up their bid for control and direction of the coalition government?

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