John Pugh has expressed his concerns about the coalition to the Liverpool Daily Post.
MERSEYSIDE MP John Pugh became the first Liberal Democrat to throw doubt on the new coalition government – warning he was "very concerned" about being tied to savage Tory cuts.
The left-leaning Southport MP urged his colleagues to pursue "a distinctive path" to ensure the poor did not suffer when spending cuts are speeded up, as promised by Chancellor George Osborne yesterday.
Dr Pugh also declined, twice, to say whether he voted in favour of coalition at the crunch meeting of Lib Dem MPs late on Tuesday night. Seven MPs did not – although most were thought to be absent.
And he said: "I'm very, very concerned that efficient public services will be targeted and I will argue the case to ensure they are not.
"I'm very aware that everything hangs, not on what happened yesterday or today, but on the tough decisions around the corner, when we have to address the deficit and what areas are to be cut.
It is going to be an interesting five years
An alternative view comes from a leading person on the Left of the party Simon Hughes reported on Lib Dem Voice Writing in the Independent today, Simon is not worried about a coalition with the Conservatives
Whatever the difficulties of leading Britain out of the recession, reducing the deficit, growing our economy and reversing our headstrong irresponsibility as stewards of our planet, our philosophy, traditions, principles and values remain rock solid. Political parties do not exist to debate or advise; they exist to implement, to deliver and to change. Thirteen years of Labour and 65 years of red/blue politics has left Britain with too few liberties, reduced equality and frustrated opportunity. Our ambition is nothing less than a more equal and free society, where the poor are protected and supported and the better off much more generously shoulder our responsibilities.