HAND­BAGS AT YAWN Cam and Clegg go toe-to-toe in Coali­tion row... and Bri­tain re­ally isn’t that both­ered

Tia step­dad: ‘Find my girl’

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DAVID Cameron yes­ter­day said he will press ahead with pro­posed changes to House of Com­mons con­stituency bound­aries de­spite the Lib Dems say­ing they will vote against them.

The de­ci­sion puts the PM and his Lib­eral Demo­crat deputy on a col­li­sion course in a row that threat­ens to send the coun­try to sleep.

In the real world vot­ers are glued to the Olympics or dodg­ing floods.

But in the West­min­ster bub­ble, politi­cians in­sist on ar­gu­ing over House of Lords re­form or bound­ary changes.

LibDem leader Nick Clegg cranked up the row on Mon­day by ac­cus­ing Tory rebels who wrecked his elected House of Lords dream of “reneg­ing” on the Coali­tion agree­ment.

Clegg with­drew his party’s sup­port for the pro­posed re­or­gan­i­sa­tion of con­stituency bound­aries which would ben­e­fit the Con­ser­va­tives.

Yes­ter­day, the Prime Min­is­ter said he would press on with the bound­ary changes – and moves to shrink the House of Com­mons – even though the Lib­Dems have pledged op­po­si­tion.

Mr Cameron, on a visit to a chil­dren’s ac­tiv­ity cen­tre in Wales, said that “ob­vi­ously we want the bound­ary vote to go ahead. I am go­ing to say to ev­ery MP, ‘Look the House of Com­mons ought to be smaller, less ex­pen­sive and we ought to have seats which are ex­actly the same size’.

“I think ev­ery­one should come for­ward and vote for that as it is a very sen­si­ble pro­posal and it will be put for­ward.”

The climb­down over Lords re­form has thrown into doubt plans to re­duce the size of the Com­mons from 650 to 600.

When he ap­peared be­fore a com­mit­tee of MPs ear­lier this year, Mr Clegg in­sisted there was no link be­tween Lords re­form and the bound­ary changes.

But Lib Dem For­eign Of­fice min­is­ter Jeremy Browne said that re­form of the Lords and Com­mons were “part of the same con­sti­tu­tional pack­age”.

Tim Mont­gomerie, ed­i­tor of a web­site for Tory party ac­tivists, sug­gested los­ing the... zzzzz THE step­fa­ther of miss­ing Tia Sharp emo­tion­ally pleaded last night, “Just find my lit­tle girl”.

David Niles, 29, said the fam­ily were “in bits” as the search for the 12-year-old en­tered its fourth day.

Wear­ing a find Tia cam­paign T-shirt, he said: “How would you feel if it was your daugh­ter?

“We’re in bits. I have not slept in four days. The po­lice have done ev­ery­thing.”

Tia has not been seen since leav­ing her grand­mother’s home in New Ad­ding­ton, south­east Lon­don, at around mid­day on Fri­day.

Mr Niles added: “She was good as gold. I know I am not her real dad, but I have been there since day dot. I’ve fed her and bathed her.

“When she left the house she shouted ‘Bye’ and ‘See you by six’.

“She al­ways takes her phone but it was dead.”

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