Does Baker-May fall indicate splintering Coalition?

Tuesday 04th November 2014 13:35 EST

The split between Home Secretary Theresa May and Liberal Democrat MP Norman Baker has raised several questions in the minds of Britons. While Mr Baker reportedly said that working in the department was like "walking through mud", speculations reveal that his resignation may lead to the final blow to the strained Lib Dem and Conservative party Coalition relation.

While the Tory government immigration policies continue to baffle the  legitimate immigrants- who are contributing to the economy of Britain and adding to the diversity of the country, the comment from Mr Baker has not come as a surprise, especially as the election approaches. He reportedly stated that working with Home Secretary Theresa May was a "constant battle", as she thought she was in a "Conservative government with a few Lib Dems in it".

However Lib Dem leader and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said to have understood Mr Baker's reasons and said he had been an "outstanding" minister. But a former Tory colleague suggested Mr Baker was not a team player.

However it is also believed that this resignation may have posed a threat for the MP for Lewes in May election, a seat which he won with a majority of just over 7,000 in 2010.

In a BBC report, the assistant political editor Norman Smith said “the Lib Dems were portraying Mr Baker's exit as a personal decision and playing down any sense of the coalition 'splintering'".

A keen musician, Mr Baker told the BBC it had been grueling being the only Lib Dem minister in the Home Office since October 2013 and he "wanted a break" to spend time in his constituency, with music and with his family.

While describing Mrs May as a "formidable, intelligent and competent" politician, he reportedly said the way she ran her department in an era of coalition government was "disappointing".

In his resignation letter to his party leader, Mr Baker reportedly said he was pleased with his achievements in the Home Office but unlike in the Department for Transport, where he had previously been a minister, "the goodwill to work collegiately to take forward rational evidence-based policy has been in somewhat short supply".

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