One of Nick Clegg's most stalwart supporters has warned that the party is in danger of being dragged from the centre by the Liberal Democrat “shopping trolley that defaults to the left."
In his first interview since being sacked in last week’s reshuffle, Jeremy Browne told the Times said he was shocked to receive call from the leader ending his time at the home Office.
Comparing his party to a shopping trolley that “left to its own devices defaults to the left and to being the party of protest”, he says that he became exposed after years of trying to exert “corrective pressure”.
The Government has thrown some support behind the campaign for privately-run drunk tanks used being used to house people so inebriated they can no longer look after themselves.
Crime prevention minister Jeremy Browne said "drunken behaviour" had turned some places into "no-go areas for law abiding people".
The Liberal Democrat MP said he found the survelliance vehicles which capture the street views "slightly unnerving" when they drive past.
Mr Browne said: “I think there is an issue about the intrusiveness of modern technology. It is why the government is right to be alert to the public concern about excessive use of CCTV.
"We need to get the balance right with using technology to prevent crime and people not feeling that every time they enter a public space their movements will be potentially permanently recorded.”
Home Office Minister Jeremy Browne said he believes people should not be told what to wear but warned against being "fearful" over holding a national debate on banning veils.
The Liberal Democrat MP said: "I think we have to be careful about being fearful on discussing these issues.
"I think there is a perfectly legitimate discussion that liberal-minded people can have."
When I asked if it was time for a national debate on the wearing of the veil, as suggested by Jeremy Browne, the Prime Minister's official spokesman said that David Cameron's view was that Parliament should not be legislating on what people can and cannot wear in the street.
But he added that is not incompatible with institutions having their own rules and schools should be able to set their own dress code.
Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said it was not "appropriate" for people to wear a full veil while going through airport security or studying in a classroom.
But Mr Clegg said he did not want to see a ban on the wearing of religious items of clothing in particular circumstances.
His comments came as Liberal Democrat Home Office Minister Jeremy Browne said the Government should consider banning Muslim girls and young women from wearing the veil in public places.
Mr Clegg said: "My own view, very strongly held, is that we shouldn't end up like other countries issuing edicts or laws from parliament telling people what they should or should not wear.
"This is a free country and people going about their own business should be free to wear what they wish. I think it is very un-British to start telling people what pieces of clothing they should wear.
"I think there are exceptions to that as far as the full veil is concerned - security at airports for instance. It is perfectly reasonable for us to say the full veil is clearly not appropriate there."
Mohammed Shafiq, chief executive of the Ramadhan Foundation, said he was "disgusted" by Jeremy Browne's calls to consider banning Muslim girls and young women from wearing the veil in public places.
The Government should consider banning Muslim girls and young women from wearing the veil in public places, a Liberal Democrat minister has said.
Home Office Minister Jeremy Browne called for a national debate on whether the state should step in to prevent young women having the veil imposed upon them.
Mr Browne told the Telegraph he was "instinctively uneasy" about restricting religious freedoms but said there may be a case to act to protect girls who were too young to decide for themselves whether they wished to wear the veil or not.
His intervention came after a row erupted over the decision by Birmingham Metropolitan College to drop a ban on the wearing of full-face veils amid public protests.
The chief executive of children's charity Plan UK has said that forced marriage is a 'global problem' and is not just restricted to developing countries.