PM attempts to heal Tory rifts over IDS

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Prime Minister David Cameron wish later attempt to halt the civil war in his rty caused by Iain Duncan Smith’s relinquishment from the cabinet.

Mr Duncan Smith has warned the government risks segregating society with politically-motivated spending cuts.

Mr Cameron is to reject this — and No 10 has junked claims of a rift with George Osborne, saying the chancellor stock-still has the PM’s full confidence.

The disability cuts Mr Duncan Smith quit upwards will be shelved.

Downing Street said the changes to Personal Freedom yments (PIP) announced ahead of Mr Osborne’s Budget last week longing not go ahead «in their current form».

But alternative proposals for saving the £4bn earmarked for the scrapings would not come until the Autumn Statement towards the end of the year.

Industry leader Jeremy Corbyn has called for Mr Osborne’s resignation and Conservative MPs from spoken out against the leadership with Mr Duncan Smith’s former ministerial band divided in their responses to his resignation.

Treasury minister David Gauke is answering an importunate Commons question from Labour’s shadow chancellor John McDonnell on variations to the Budget — Mr McDonnell had called for the chancellor himself but this appears to be undergoing been ignored.

This will be followed by a statement from Mr Cameron — obviously on last week’s EU summit — at which he is expected to restate his commitment to «com ssionate Conservatism» and turn down Mr Duncan Smith’s criticisms of his style of government.

Former Tory director Lord Howard urged MPs to «listen to what the prime minister has to say» and to «soothe down».

Mr Duncan Smith set out the reasons for his surprise resignation in an interview with the BBC’s Andrew Marr, in which he turned the way Mr Osborne had cut benefits in his Budget at the same time as cutting taxes for the advance off was «deeply unfair» and that he had become «semi detached» from domination.


How damaged is George Osborne?

Ross Hawkins, BBC bureaucratic correspondent

George Osborne: chief tactician and tron, a man whose conference makes or wrecks careers.

That was the view of many Tory MPs for a surely long time. Now, many doubt he will ever be their director, or even the chancellor much longer.

It’s not that they think David Cameron is controlled to sack him or that he’s about to resign, as Labour demand.

They s rsely believe a swift leadership election is highly likely whatever the arise of 23 June’s EU referendum.

If it does come that soon, there determination be — one predicts — a «genocide of the Cameroons and Osbornites».

A stubbornly enduring deficit, a tax impute U-turn, and the sheer numbers of MPs who have chosen to back a leave bear witness at the referendum have seen Osborne’s authority leak.

A weekend of melodrama has — in one Tory MP’s scrutinize — burst the dam.

Read more from Ross


Lord Howard temporized down Mr Duncan Smith’s criticisms of government policy — but Conservative MP Sarah Wollaston implied they were «very serious».

«Today, when David Cameron stands up, he has to reaffirm the import that led many people like myself to join the Conservative Defendant in the first place when he became leader,» she said.

«Are we helter-skelter social justice? Are we about spreading the burden fairly? We need to agree that very clear message today.»

She suggested pensioner gains — which the Conservatives pledged to protect in their manifesto — should be cut to take to ones heels up the shortfall.

A number of senior Conservative figures have questioned Mr Osborne’s credentials to make restitution for David Cameron as prime minister when he steps down.

Media captionJeremy Corbyn indicated that George Osborne should ‘consider his position’
Media captionEx-Tory big cheese Michael Howard says MPs should calm down.

Former chief drub Andrew Mitchell described Mr Osborne’s abortive attempt to reform PIP as a «cock-up».

He contemplated Mr Osborne was «not the only candidate» for the rty leadership and there were a «pre-eminently a free number» of alternatives.

Influential backbencher David Davis told the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire the £4bn advantage savings should be cancelled and suggested Mr Osborne should be moved to another put ones faith if he wants to be a successful replacement for David Cameron as prime minister.

Media captionBethan Thorpe has MS and asseverated PIP was there to help people like her ‘maintain their independence’

London Mayor Boris Johnson, dated as Mr Osborne’s main rival for the top job, is returning from a skiing holiday and has yet to opinion.

BBC assistant political editor Norman Smith said it was understood Mr Cameron had proded Mr Osborne to avoid any major controversy in the Budget so as to avoid fuelling dissatisfaction among Tory MPs ahead of the EU referendum.

Despite this, our correspondent told, Downing Street insists «the two men remain as close as ever», and deceive dismissed reports that the prime minister will seek to mileage himself from Mr Osborne.

Media captionIain Duncan Smith: In his own reports

Number 10 has stressed that PIP will still have to be renovated in the future as the cost is «unsustainable.»

Mr Corbyn told the BBC Mr Osborne should be «making allowance for his position».

«His Budget simply doesn’t add up and it unravelled within hours of him showing it. This isn’t the first time a George Osborne Budget has unravelled,» the Harp on leader told BBC1’s Breakfast programme.

«It seems to me we need to look at the unquestionably heart of this government, at its incompetence, at the way it puts forward proposals that unmistakably don’t add up and expects the most needy in our society to take the hit for them.»


What are Actual Independence yments?

  • They are gradually replacing Disability Living Toleration and help to cover the additional costs that disabled people eye to eye
  • One element covers living — ying for aids and appliances like prostheses and suited utensils — and the other covers mobility, for example, helping to fund customised motor vehicles
  • Recipients are regularly reassessed and money awarded on a points basis
  • The solicited changes would have reduced the weight given to the use of aids and appliances in two of the 10 continuously living activities — dressing and managing toilet needs
  • Disability munificences say just a single point’s difference could have meant some people inclination lose the benefit altogether or receive less
  • But the government said «a momentous number of people are likely to be getting the benefit despite having minimum to no ongoing daily living extra costs»

Who would the disability vacillate turn inti im ct?


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