Former Lib Dem leader Charles Kennedy abstains from vote

The former leader of the Liberal Democrat party Charles Kennedy has confirmed on Twitter that he abstained from today's vote on capping benefits.

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I formally abstained frm voting for a 2nd reading and am looking now to work with like-minded Lib Dems to amend the bill in its later stages

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MPs vote for 1% benefits cap

MPs have voted in favour of a proposed 1 per cent cap on raising benefits by a majority of 56. Ministers say the cap is needed because it is unfair that state handouts have been rising twice as fast as wages during recent years of austerity.