UK Politics

Cameron's hand tied by Lib Dems - Tory MP Peter Bone

Peter Bone
Image caption Peter Bone is a prominent critic of the Lib Dems

David Cameron is being forced by Liberal Democrats to govern with "one hand tied behind his back", a Conservative MP has said.

A group of Tories has compiled an "Alternative Queen's Speech", including measures such as bringing back the death penalty, privatising the BBC and ending windfarm subsidies.

Co-author Peter Bone said such measures would win back voters from UKIP.

The suggestions would be "very helpful" to the prime minister, he added.

Mr Bone, a prominent critic of the coalition and Nick Clegg's Liberal Democrats, told BBC One's Sunday Politics: "We are putting forward Conservative policies. One of the problems we have at the moment is we have a coalition government.

"Poor old David Cameron is governing with one hand tied behind his back. Some of these ideas, like coming out of the European Convention on Human Rights and having a British Bill of Rights, is obviously something that was in the manifesto and we want to press on with it."

The Alternative Queen's Speech also includes plans to rename the August bank holiday Margaret Thatcher Day.

Mr Bone, MP for Wellingborough in Northamptonshire, said, if followed by Mr Cameron, it would mean UK Independence Party voters "will then come back and vote Conservative".