Party members defied Nick Clegg and his ministerial colleagues by backing a 'rebel' amendment on the planned NHS changes.
In a close vote the party has now instructed Lib Dem peers not to back the Bill tomorrow in the Lords. Party President and Cumbrian MP Tim Farron was frank in his assessment.
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It is now five years since all eyes were turned on this region as events unfolded that would result in the death of the gunman Raoul Moat.
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An extreme sports show has rolled into Wearside. The Torque show features everything from monster trucks to motorbikes.