Clegg facing party revolt over revised NHS reforms
Nick Clegg faces rebellion – both in Westminster and at the Liberal Democrat conference – over the Coalition's plans to overhaul the National Health Service.
The Deputy Prime Minister has helped to force a series of changes to the original proposals that would have handed the vast majority of the health service budget to family doctors. The changes were intended to counter fears that the reforms would lead to competition within the NHS.
But the moves have not been sufficient to satisfy all Liberal Democrat MPs, who meet on Monday to decide their attitude to the revised Health and Social Care Bill which returns to the Commons next week.
One, Andrew George, confirmed last night that he intended to vote against the measures. He told The Independent he feared the reforms would still lead to the "marketisation of health". Several other Liberal Democrats are considering joining him or abstaining in Wednesday's vote.
Mr Clegg also faces a revolt among Liberal Democrat peers. The party's former leader in the Lords, Baroness Williams of Crosby, an early critic of the proposals, is understood to retain deep reservations about the scheme.
Diving in at the deep end is no excuse for shirking the style stakes
- 2 Loom bands: Bids for dress made from colourful rubber pass £170,000 on eBay
- 3 Why I'm on the brink of burning my Israeli passport
- 4 L'Oreal cuts ties with Belgium supporter Axelle Despiegelaere after hunting trip photographs
- 5 The true Gaza back-story that the Israelis aren’t telling this week
Game of Thrones author George RR Martin says 'f*** you' to fans who fear he will die before finishing Westeros saga
Loom bands: Bids for dress made from colourful rubber pass £170,000 on eBay
Supermoon 2014: When and why will the moon look bigger and brighter this summer?
Gaza-Israel conflict: The terrible price Palestinian children are paying for Israel’s war with Hamas
Iraq crisis: Government forces execute 255 Sunni prisoners in revenge for Isis atrocities, says report
Sustained immigration has not harmed Britons' employment, say government advisers
War is war: Why I stand with Israel
7/7 memorial defaced on anniversary of 2005 attacks with ‘Blair lied thousands died’ graffiti
Australia facing international condemnation after turning around Sri Lankans at sea
Even when it brutalises one of its own teenage citizens, America is helpless against Israel
Socialist Worker called to apologise over ‘vile’ article saying Eton schoolboy Horatio Chapple's death is ‘reason to save the polar bears’
£70000 per annum: Harrington Starr: Information Security Manager (ISO 27001, A...
£30000 - £45000 per annum + Benefits + Bonus: Harrington Starr: C# Developer (...
£60000 - £80000 per annum + Benefits + Bonus: Harrington Starr: C# Integration...
£75000 - £85000 per annum + ex bens: Deerfoot IT Resources Limited: Biztalk Te...