Lib Dem trio quit in referendum revolt
Three Liberal Democrat frontbenchers quit tonight in a revolt over the Lisbon Treaty referendum.
Justice spokesman David Heath, countryside spokesman Tim Farron and Scotland and Northern Ireland spokesman Alistair Carmichael resigned after defying the leadership to vote for a Commons amendment calling for a referendum.
Party leader Nick Clegg said: "I greatly regret the loss of David, Tim and Alistair from the shadow cabinet. They have served with great distinction and commitment.
"However, as they have recognised, the shadow cabinet cannot operate effectively unless the principle of collective responsibility is maintained."
It is thought that they were among 13 Lib Dem MPs to rebel against the leadership's call to abstain on the amendment tabled by the Conservatives.
Mr Clegg moved swiftly to reassert his battered authority by reassigning the responsibilities of the three frontbenchers.
Home affairs spokesman Chris Huhne will take on justice, environment spokesman Steve Webb's environment team will take on the countryside brief, and international development spokesman Michael Moore will take on Scotland and Northern Ireland.
- 2 Tom Cruise: Reporters banned from asking actor about Scientology
- 4 Dutch King Willem-Alexander declares the end of the welfare state
- 5 Giant Minion terrorises drivers in Ireland as 40ft inflatable blocks traffic on Dublin road
Edward Heath 'raped 12 year-old boy at Mayfair flat'
Sabrina Corgatelli: US hunting tourist posts picture of herself with dead giraffe after Cecil the lion outrage
'Gene drive': Scientists sound alarm over supercharged GM organisms which could spread in the wild and cause environmental disasters
Labour leadership race: Jeremy Corbyn could be the next Prime Minister, says Ken Clarke
Tom Cruise: Reporters banned from asking actor about Scientology
Is Britain really full up? Are migrants taking our jobs? Leading academic answers the most common anti-immigration claims
Calais Migrant Crisis: Deputy Mayor of Calais labels Cameron's use of 'swarm' as 'racist' and 'ignorant'
Chris Leslie: Jeremy Corbyn's anti-austerity agenda will harm the poor, says Labour shadow Chancellor
Landlords renting properties to illegal immigrants to face up to five years in prison
While we fixate on Calais, the Home Office is quietly deporting dozens of migrants on 'ghost flights'
Calais crisis: The seven claims made about the migrants - and the reality
£35 - £50k DOE: Guru Careers: A Tax Manager / Accountant (ACA / CA / CTA) is n...
£6 - £15 per hour: Recruitment Genius: This is an opportunity to join a well e...
£20000 - £30000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This is an exciting opportunity...
£18000 - £27000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This is an exciting opportunity...