The Liberal Democrats have defended the party's "proud record" in the coalition following departing former minister Sarah Teather's stinging criticisms.
Of course we are disappointed by Sarah's decision.
The Liberal Democrats have a proud record in Government, including cutting taxes for working people by £700 and lifting the poorest paid out of tax altogether, helping businesses create a million jobs; investing billions more in schools to help the poorest children and introducing radical plans for shared parental leave.
Sarah was a part of this when she served as a minister in the Coalition, as well as playing a key role in ending Labour's disgraceful policy of locking up children for immigration purposes.
A former minister and prominent Liberal Democrat MP Sarah Teather has announced that she is to quit the House of Commons because she no longer feels that Nick Clegg's party fights sufficiently for social justice and liberal values on immigration.
Teather shot to fame when she became the youngest member of Parliament a decade ago.
She said she was left her feeling so "desolate" and "catastrophically depressed" after Clegg's tougher approach to immigration – including a plan for some immigrants to pay a £1,000 deposit when applying for visas.
Her decision to step down in 2015, reported in the Observer, will come as a blow to Clegg, just a week before his party gathers for its annual conference in Glasgow.